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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts Astronomy Program

Big Pool, Md. (July 17, 2012) ─ Nature-lovers are invited to observe and marvel at the vast night sky during an evening of star-gazing, starting at 8:30 pm on Saturday, July 21 at Fort Frederick State Park.

“We invite everyone to come join us for a quiet evening of observation and contemplation beneath the stars,” said Charles Sullivan, the program’s coordinator. “Fort Frederick State Park is an ideal site for astronomical observation because skies are dark with minimal light pollution.”

Led by a park naturalist, the astronomy program will help participants learn the basics of telescopes and Newtonian optics, navigate the night sky and identify summer constellations. Through the 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope, gazers should expect to see nebulae, colorful double star systems of the Milky Way, globular clusters, the rings of Saturn and distant galaxies.

Participants will meet at the nature center, which is adjacent to Captain Wort’s store across the road from the fort. In addition to the park’s telescope, amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their own space-viewing instruments to the event. Visitors will be assessed a small fee to enter the park. Overnight camping is available. In the event of clouds or rain, the program will be rescheduled.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off Interstate 70 at State Route 56 in Big Pool. For more information citizens may call the park at 301-842-2155 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


   July 17, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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