By Karlie Hershberger
Some big and bright things are taking place at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Stargazing Party.
Join astronomers Sat, Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dune Climb and get a closer look at Jupiter, star clusters, distant galaxies and few different parts of the night’s sky in one of the only places complete darkness can be discovered.
The park that’s known for its breathtaking views and once named “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America, is not only an exciting sight to see in the day time.
“It’s a different way to experience the park,” said Lisa Griebel from Sleeping Bear National Dunes. “A lot of our activities and programs are during the day and this is the way to get out in the evening and on a clear night it’s amazing how many stars you can see, the milky way is pretty visible, different planets, sometimes there are even shooting stars.”
Experts from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be there assisting guests with telescopes and information on the basis of our night skies. “There are different stations you can go to where they will be providing basic information about protecting night vision and light pollution.” Griebel said.
Admission is free but a parking pass is required. Parking passes for this event are $15 and are available at the dune climb or visitor center located in Glen Harbor from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information regarding this event, go online to https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/explore-the-night-sky.htm