Cades Cove Stargazing event.
Cades Cove Stargazing Event Saturday, September 7, 2019 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited share the wonders of the our amazing night time sky. Seeing the stars is a rarity in this time of bright night skies from human development. The low light environment of Cades Cove is the perfect spot to see the Milky Way and constellations that inspired our ancestors with wonder. Experts from the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society will be on hand to provide instruction and help to guide attendees through the wonders of the universe.
Visibility always dictates the success of this event and with good luck attendees will have close observations of the planet Jupiter and its moons. The moon will be visible in one quarter phase as well as many constellations. In the event of inclement weather the program will be canceled.
Everyone attending should meet at the Cades Cove orientation shelter at the entrance to the loop. Rangers will guide folks on a half mile walk to the viewing area at dusk. Attendees will have to return to their vehicles on foot after the event. Plan on wearing comfy shoes. Cool temperatures are expected so dress warmly and be sure and bring a flashlight to light your way. Binoculars, lawn chairs, blankets are also great suggestions to bring along.
To preserve the integrity of the telescope lenses, smoking is not allowed near the site. Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking.
If foul weather is predicted participants should call the day of the event to confirm that the program will take place at 865-448-4122 or visit Stargazing.