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Astronomy program planned Saturday at Fort Frederick State Park

September 22, 2011

BIG POOL — Fort Frederick State Park will host an astronomy program Saturday at 8 p.m.

The program, held at the newly created amphitheater behind the nature center, will focus on observational astronomy with a chance to try out the park's new 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope.

Fort Frederick is an ideal site for astronomical observation because skies are dark with minimal light pollution.

Participants might be able to view double stars, distant galaxies, nebulae, and star clouds of the Milky Way through the park's new telescope.

Led by a park naturalist, the free program is open to the public, with overnight camping available on 29 sites at a cost of $15 per site.

Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their telescopes and binoculars and share their knowledge.

Apple cider will be provided. Parking is available at Captain Wort's store.

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

Fort Frederick is off Interstate 70 at exit 12 on Md. 56 in Big Pool.

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

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