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Astronomy for Everyone

Late afternoon at Lake James State Park
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Astronomy for Everyone

February evenings can be cold, but if you bundle up to brave the frigid air you will be rewarded with the sparkling gems in the sky. Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey will be co-hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing. Learn some basic star gazing tips and take home your own star chart. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Folding chairs are also recommended. Sunset will be at 6:16 p.m. but we will meet in the upper parking lot of the Paddy’s Creek Area at 6:00 p.m. to get oriented and cover some tips for the evening’s events before it gets dark. Register by calling the park office at 828-584-7728.

Date of Event: 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location: 
Paddy's Creek Area - Upper Concession Stand Parking Lot

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

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Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
December - February: 7am - 7pm
March, April & October: 7am - 9pm
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November: 7am - 8pm

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