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Stargazing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Kemil Beach parking lot. FREE

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Kemil Beach

    GPS Coordinates - 041.40.39N 087.00.35W, Beverly Shores, IN (map)

    41.692539 -86.977531

  • DIRECTIONS from Chicago area: Go east on I-94 to exit 26 Go north on IN-49 to US-12 Go east on US-12 3 miles to the first left turn (there will be a sign with a red arrow and star) Go north 1 mile to Kemil parking lot
  •  Stunning by day and night!


    Let’s do some 

    CENTENNIAL STARGAZING AT INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE. 





    Light pollution discussion under the stars at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Kemil Beach! Hope you can make it.


    Friends, You’re Invited! Free! Bring your friends & family! 

    Saturday, September 3, beginning at sunset 7:30PM (weather permitting) at Kemil Beach parking lot.

    RSVPs not required, but appreciated.  

    Bring your own telescope or binoculars, or use ours!

    Limited free refreshments provided... but feel free to bring your own, and a lawn chair.  Mosquito repellent is also a smart move.  

    Group photo will be sent to the NPS Centennial headquarters with an "I Love the Stars" theme.  Be there and profess your love for the stars!

    RSVPs appreciated, but not essential.

    September "First Saturday Stargazing" Program at National Lakeshore honors the National Park Service Centennial and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 50th anniversary. 

    ONLY 3 MORE LEFT!  September, October and November. Let's make it a great showing!  Enjoy the stars from this great location while we have the opportunity. 


    cheers+stars

    Audrey

    Chicago Astronomical Society, Past-president, currently serving as CAS Board of Director

    International Dark-Sky Association, Chicago chapter leader & past IDA BOD.

    One Star at a Time & Global StarPark Network, founder

    Starlight, Beyond Light Pollution Leadership Training Forum, co-organizer 



    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Program Announcement

    Contact:         Ranger Julie Larsen,[masked]

    Stargazing at Kemil Beach

    INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE:   Join members from various local astronomical societies, including the Chicago Astronomical Society, with their telescopes to introduce the night skies to visitors on Saturday, September 3 at the Kemil Beach access area (parking lot) at 7:30 pm.  In celebration of the National Park Service centennial birthday and the fiftieth birthday of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, every first Saturday of the month through November of 2016, telescopes of epic proportions will be on hand to view our night skies. 

    During the September stargazing, the constellation Cygnus sits in a bright section of the Milky Way and has a nice color contrasting double star, Alberio.  The little constellation, Delphinus nearby has one of the best double stars.  Two fine star clusters, the Wild Duck and Hercules Globular Cluster, are also high in the sky.  

    The Kemil Beach access area is located one mile north and three miles east of the Indiana Dunes visitor center. The visitor center is located at the intersection of US Hwy 20 and US Hwy. 49 north of Chesterton, Indiana.  For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call[masked] or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

    The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 408 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at [masked].



    Julianne Larsen, Park Ranger 

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road,Porter, IN  [masked])[masked] (Tuesday - Saturday)



    DIRECTIONS from Chicago area:

    Go east on I-94 to exit 26

    Go north on IN-49 to US-12

    Go east on US-12 3 miles to the first left turn (there will be a sign with a red arrow and star)

    Go north 1 mile to Kemil parking lot

    For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call[masked] or check the park’s website at

    www.nps.gov/indu

    www.nps.gov

    The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 409 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at [masked].

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