Region residents are invited to join members from several astronomical societies as they share their telescopes and introduce visitors to the night sky this Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Central Time at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Kemil Beach parking lot. This program is outside so everyone is asked to please dress for the weather.
Park officials say telescopes will be available, but visitors can also feel free to bring binoculars or their own telescope from home. Stargazing will be held on the third Saturday of every month throughout 2020.
This month, the Orion nebula, Pleiades, and several bright rich star clusters will be showpieces. Bright winter stars, Sirius, Rigel, Betelgeuse, Castor, and Polux will be overhead. Venus will shine in the southwest.
The Kemil Beach parking lot is located on East State Park Road (300E), one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 and three miles east of State Road 49. The GPS coordinates of the parking lot are 41.677427, -87.009529 (Decimal Degrees).
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit their website at www.nps.gov/indu and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.