Looking to explore the marvels of the night sky? Join the Cape Cod National Seashore in welcoming the Cape Cod Astronomical Society as co-hosts for the park’s annual “Dark Sky Festival” on September 15 and 16.
This event offers presentations and activities at the Salt Pond Visitor Center during the day and a thrilling “Star Party” night sky observation at Marconi Beach parking lot in Wellfleet. This marks the second celebration of the night sky, featuring engaging talks by physicists, astronomers, astrophotographers, and rangers. All activities are open to the public and admission is free.
The festival presents a fantastic chance for all ages to learn about the nighttime sky. Over September 15 and 16, scientific presentations and family-oriented activities will explore our galaxy’s wonders, along with storytelling and crafting constellations. On the evening of September 15, the “Star Party” takes place from 7 to 9:30 pm at Marconi Beach parking lot, where Cape Cod Astronomical Society members and rangers guide attendees to explore the sky using telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and the naked eye. In case of rain, the “Star Party” will be moved to September 16.
Expert presentations are provided by the Cape Cod Astronomical Society. Dr. Larry Marschall, with over 43 years of experience, is a professor of physics specializing in astronomy, physics, and science writing. Henry Ricci, an astrophotography enthusiast since age 12, began his journey by capturing a multi-exposure of a partial solar eclipse. Jonathan Hatch, the society’s secretary, renewed his involvement in amateur astronomy and photography. Dr. Frank Isik, a Wellfleet local, combines his love for photography and astronomy in astrophotography. The presenters will enlighten the audience on amateur astronomy, astrophotography, and the influence of satellites on our nocturnal experiences.
For a comprehensive list of events and details, visit: https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/dark-sky-festival.htm
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE STAR PARTY: Upon entering the Marconi Beach parking lot, lower your vehicle lights. Follow parking directions indicated by signage and rangers. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and meet a ranger at the orientation table to receive red cellophane for night vision. If desired, bring binoculars, a blanket, or a chair. This free event is made possible with support from the Cape Cod Astronomical Society.
This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on August 25, 2023. You can read the original release here.
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore is a stunning coastal haven that beckons you to explore its wonders. As you step into this captivating landscape, you’ll be greeted by pristine beaches, rolling sand dunes, and lush forests. Embark on scenic hikes along trails that wind through diverse ecosystems, giving you a glimpse of the area’s rich biodiversity. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the maritime history of the region through historic sites and lighthouses.
Stargazing at Cape Cod National Seashore: A Dark
Located roughly 60 miles away from the bright city lights of Boston and Providence, Cape Cod National Seashore is a great place to stargaze! With minimal light pollution, the night sky becomes a canvas of celestial wonders. Sitting on the beach with the soothing sound of waves accompanying your journey through the stars makes it even more magical. A great time to experience this is at the Dark Sky Festival on September 15-16. With the help of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society, engage with passionate physicists, astronomers, astrophotographers, and rangers who will unveil the secrets of the night sky through captivating talks and workshops.
When darkness falls, the “Star Party” begins. Head to the Marconi Beach parking lot for an unforgettable experience. Telescopes, binoculars, and the naked eye will become your tools to explore constellations, planets, and distant galaxies. As you gaze up, you’ll witness a celestial spectacle that has captivated humanity for centuries. Bring your curiosity, a blanket or chair, and a flashlight with red cellophane to protect your night vision. This extraordinary event, made possible by the Cape Cod Astronomical Society, offers an opportunity to connect with the cosmos in a way that’s truly enchanting.
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