Star-gazing event set for Saturday at Fort Frederick

September 01, 2011

BIG POOL — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present an evening of star gazing Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fort Frederick State Park.

The event will be at the newly created amphitheater behind the nature center. The nature center is next to Captain Wort's store across the road from the fort.

The astronomy program will be presented by a park naturalist.

The lunar surface, double stars, galaxies, star clusters, the Milky Way and other deep sky objects can be viewed through the park's new 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope.

Fort Frederick is an ideal site for astronomical observation. The skies are dark and there is minimal light.

In the event of clouds or rain, the program will be rescheduled for Sunday.

Overnight camping on 29 sites is available at a cost of $15 per site on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program is free. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their telescopes and binoculars and to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fort Frederick is off Exit 12 of Interstate 70 at Md. 56 in Big Pool.

For more information, call the park at 301-842-2155 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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