Town Creek Stargazing Begins
Town Creek Indian Mound will start its 2013 season of "Town Creek Under Stars" on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.
Participants will view the moon, Jupiter and other heavenly sights.
With the planets Venus and Mars vanishing into the twilight, Jupiter is left as the brightest luminary in the night sky. Jupiter reached opposition in December and will begin to fade throughout the year, making this the best time to view this gas giant nestled in the constellation Taurus. A waxing moon will also be hanging out near Jupiter in the sky.
"The crisp, cold air of January nights offers some of the best viewing," says site manager Rich Thompson. Town Creek Indian Mound was also featured in Our State Magazine's "10 Places to Enjoy the North Carolina Night Sky."
Interested stargazers are encouraged to dress for the weather, and patio heaters will be available for comfort. Participants may also bring binoculars and telescopes. The staff will also have a scope available for participants. Advanced registration is required.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Contact the site at by email or at (910) 439-6802 to register.
The historic site is within the Division of State Historic Sites and is located at 509 Town Creek Mound Road in Mount Gilead.
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