We’ll meet at Sky Meadows State Park for a walk up the mountain, picnic, astronomy program, and stargazing during October's Astronomy for Everyone event.
4:00 pm Hike to Piedmont Overlook
8:00 - Picnic/snacks
8:30 - Junior astronomy program
8:40 - Sunset on the small meadow during our picnic
9:00 - Adult astronomy program, look through telescopes, admire the sky
9:30 - Sky tour with lasers by NASA Jet Propulsion volunteer
11:30 - Park closes
(11:50 - moonset – waxing crescent (unlike the picture above :)
Please wear boots or sturdy sneakers, and bring plenty of water along on the hike. Please also pick up a map at the entrance station. Entrance fee is $10. Save yourself and others some time, and bring $10 in cash. (Credit cards are processed over dial up. No wifi in that location.)
We will hike the Gap Run Trail to the Piedmont Overlook which is an easy to moderate hike through the "sky meadows" through a mature forest with some time along a creek. Please review the Trail Guide here
The Overlook is beautiful and we will spend some time there enjoying the view and then reflect with some nature inspiration verse and a short period of time in silence.
After the hike, we’ll retrieve our picnic supplies from our cars and have dinner in front of the Visitor Center. Please bring your chair, meal, and beverages. There are no picnic tables. Restrooms and water fountains are available. ALCOHOL - State law permits alcohol use only in private
areas (inside your cabin or camping unit).
For stargazing, a reclining beach chair, lawn lounge, or tarp/blanket is best. You may need extra layers to stay warm after dark.
If you use a flashlight, a red filter is required. Red plastic and a rubber band do the trick. We’ll have extra supplies available. Why? http://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013/08/09/how-long-does-it-take-our-eyes-to-fully-adapt-to-darkness/ .
Detailed program description: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SK190040-04
Sky map: http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html . Scroll down to Northern Hemisphere, Northern Edition.
Sun and moon monthly calendar: http://www.sunrisesunset.com/
Full size version of picture above: http://pictures.4ever.eu/cartoons/painter-182814