On Saturday evening, head to Cades Cove and discover the autumn sky's stars, galaxies and constellations.
But before you go, be sure to call 865-448-4104 — after 9 a.m. Saturday — just to make sure rain or cloud cover don't scrub the event.
Weather conditions had postponed the stargazing program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, originally scheduled for mid-September.
The Saturday, Nov. 10, event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m., held in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society. Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes to be on hand.
"We are happy that we were able to reschedule this event which was cancelled in September due to cloud cover," said park ranger Mike Maslona. "Stargazing in Cades Cove provides a great opportunity to view the star-studded sky and vast depths of this planetary world without the obstruction of artificial lights as one might see in developed areas outside the park.
"This program treats visitors to a mix of astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars for a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens."
Park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road; a ranger will escort the group on foot one-third of a mile. Attendees should dress warmly and bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket. Binoculars and carpooling are encouraged.
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