Town Creek Presents Astronomy Night
Stars have always been objects of wonder and provided guidance for travelers, as the nativity story reminds us at this time of year.
Take a moment during the busy holiday season to gaze up at the beauty of the night sky at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' Town Creek Indian Mound on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Beginning at 6 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to view not only the stars, but learn about various constellations in the night sky. The planet Jupiter is still available for viewing through the site telescope.
With luck, visitors may be able to see a few remaining meteors from the Geminid meteor shower that peaked on Dec. 13.
"This time of year is an annual opportunity to view holiday lights and decorations," says historic interpreter Karen Bowles. "Why not also spend time at Town Creek enjoying the celestial sights that our night sky has to offer all year long?"
Interested stargazers are encouraged to dress for the weather and to bring binoculars and telescopes. The staff also will have a telescope to share. Warm refreshments will be available in the museum. Those interested in attending should register in advance.
Astronomy Night is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Contact the site at (910) 439-6802 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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