Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society, has rescheduled a 2 ½-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove for Saturday, November 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program was originally scheduled in September, but was cancelled due to cloud cover.
Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the autumn sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the Milky Way. In case of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be cancelled.
According to Park Ranger Mike Maslona, “It’s a great opportunity to gaze at the star-studded sky without the obstruction of artificial light as seen in developed areas outside the Park. People will be amazed at the vast depths of this planetary world and all that they can see in the complete darkness. This program mixes astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars to create a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens.”
Participants for the program should park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road where a ranger will be to escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field. Those planning to attend should dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Also, it is suggested to bring binoculars which can be used for stargazing. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
The program is subject to cancellation due to cloud cover or rain. Please call 865-448-4104 Saturday morning to verify program status.