The community is invited to join members from regional astronomical societies as they share their telescopes and introduce visitors to the night sky later this Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm Central Time at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Kemil Beach parking lot. Stargazing will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month throughout 2019. Jupiter’s moon, Io, will cast its shadow on Jupiter and the Great Red Spot is visible as are Saturn and its rings. The summer Milky Way will be directly overhead, park officials say, and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower may also be visible.
While telescopes will be available, visitors can feel free to bring binoculars or a telescope from home. Learn about the celestial objects of the season and the benefits of natural night darkness and dark-sky friendly lighting. 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. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.