CANCELLED: Stargazing Event on Purchase Knob on Oct 2nd at Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center
THE EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 3, 2016.
Stargazing Event on Purchase Knob on October 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in Haywood County, North Carolina.
There’s another amazing opportunity for stargazing under the Milky Way in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday, October 2, 2015 on Purchase Knob at the Appalachian Highlands Science and Learning Center. The program is free and limited to 80 people. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828-926-6251. Rain or shine the event begins at 7:00 p.m.
Dark and remote Purchase Knob is the ideal location for the Asheville Astronomy Club to set up awesome telescopes for viewing the galaxy, globular clusters, planets, and more! At 5,086 ft. elevation, the Science Center offers a 260 degree view to the southeast that is not marred by power lines or other obstructions.
“National Park areas offer a wonderful opportunity to stargaze,” says Park Superintendent Cassius Cash. “Visitors are often amazed at the amount of stars that can be seen simply by entering into the natural darkness of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
PLANNING TIP: Participants can expect cold temperatures at the high altitude of Purchase Knob so dress appropriately. It will be dark at the event so bring a flashlight. A lawn chair and blanket will add to your comfort while enjoying the event.
The Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center is located on Hemphill Road in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. It’s open by appointment May through October. For more info, call (828) 926-6251.