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Wonders of the Night Sky

Sat, Dec 17

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George Washington Carver

Wonders of the Night Sky

George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest resource is the night sky. Come and learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution. Will include an outside constellation tour.

Time & Location

Dec 17, 2022, 6:00 PM

George Washington Carver, 5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO 64840, USA

About the event

The night sky is the largest natural resource at George Washington Carver National Monument. On Saturday, December 17th beginning at 6:00 pm, park staff will present Wonders of the Night Sky. This free program begins with a 30-minute indoor program, followed by a night sky tour. Come learn about celestial navigation, star stories, lunar phases, and the effects of light pollution. Join park staff, volunteers from the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society and the Missouri Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association for this special "after dark in the park" event. Natural darkness is becoming rare. National parks harbor some of the last remaining portals of darkness in this country. 

Telescopes will be provided to enhance viewing opportunities. Young astronomers can earn a special “Junior Ranger Night Explorer” patch and certificate by learning more about the night sky. Kids of all ages can also learn about our moon, constellations, and other planets with various activities and crafts. Please ask a park ranger for details when you arrive. The program will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Call the park or check the park's Facebook page for program updates. George Washington Carver National Monument is located at 5646 Carver Road, approximately two miles west of Diamond, MO. 

The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, contact the park at (417) 325-4151, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gwca or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Washington-CarverNationalMonument/146750705349598.

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