The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering a stargazing program Saturday, September 15th at 8:00 p.m.
According to a press release, visitors will explore the night sky with the aid of experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes.
The 2 1/2 half hour program is being put on in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society.
Park Ranger Mike Maslona says, "It's a great opportunity to gaze at the star-studded sky without the obstruction of artificial light as seen in developed areas outside the Park. People will be amazed at the vast depths of this planetary world and all that they can see in the complete darkness.
This program mixes astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars to create a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens."
A ranger will meet the participants near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
Officials suggest dressing warmly. They also say to bring a flashlight, binoculars, and lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Rangers say carpooling would be a good idea.
The program will be cancelled if there is bad weather.
For further information, call 865-448-4104.