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[DNR] Pokagon SP to host annual All-Night Star Spectacular, Aug. 10
Start Date: 8/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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The All-Night Star Spectacular, Saturday, Aug. 10, at Pokagon State Park, is a chance for the public to learn about astronomy and use telescopes to explore the cosmos.

Activities run from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. The 26th annual event is sponsored by Pokagon State Park Interpretive Services, the Astronomical Society of Hillsdale County and other local astronomers.

From 8 to 9:30 p.m., visitors can look at astronomy equipment and learn about telescopes. Star and planet viewing will be from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Through the Astronomical Society's large telescopes, participants can view stars, star clusters, nebulae and other cosmic features. Visitors are also encouraged to bring binoculars.

There also will be a short presentation at 10:15 p.m. on constellations and night sky lore.

From midnight to 2 a.m., the telescopes will be put away and participants can partake in naked- eye viewing of the Perseid meteor showers. This is the peak date for the Perseid showers, and there could be 30 to 50 "shooting stars" per hour.

All activities are on the CCC Shelter lawn. Visitors may come and go at any time. Long pants, mosquito repellent, and lawn chairs or blankets are recommended.

In case of clouds on Aug. 10, call the nature center before 4 p.m. at (260) 833-2012 or the Potawatomi Inn after 4 p.m. at (260) 833-1077 to ask about the program status.

The program is free after paying the standard park entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 per out-of-state vehicle.

Pokagon State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2973.htm) is at 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, 46703.
Contact Information:
Name: Fred Wooley
Phone: (260) 833-2012
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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