Ilooked at next weekend’s events I recalled that there will be a new moon.
So you’re thinking, what does the new moon have to do with Virginia State Parks? Most of our parks are off the beaten path and away from the light pollution of developed areas. Many a time I arrive after dark in a park and think “this place could use some more lights.” But we actually like it dark and the absence of light pollution usually means an awesome view of the night sky and all its glory, assuming of course that the weather cooperates.
The new moon means it is even darker and affords the most perfect time for stargazing. Astronomy clubs and programs are aware that our parks are great star gazing locales and for some years have been coming out to enjoy the evening show eventually offering to share their love and enthusiasm for astronomy with our park visitors.
This new moon is no different, with six programs across the state.
I have always loved stargazing but confess I am completely hopeless at recognizing any of the constellations. One of the things on my list of things I’d like to know more about is astronomy. So Iam particularly thrilled that the our events page for a future program in your area.