Community Viewing Night - NC Blue Ridge

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Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.

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Community Viewing Night

October 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

$5 – $15
Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Join us for an evening of stargazing as you’ve never seen before. You will have the opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars through the 34-inch diameter Sam Scope, as well as our smaller planetary telescope. With the assistance of our observatory manager, guests will spend two hours viewing and learning about the dark skies.

Famous astronomical objects in the sky this month include:
Whirlpool Galaxy
Hercules Great Globular Cluster
Ring Nebula
And Many More

No parking is allowed at the observatory. Shuttles to and from the Earth to Sky Park parking lot will be provided. Please arrive promptly at your designated time to the parking lot located by the red quonset hut buildings. To get to the parking area take a left at the fork in the gravel road.

Dress comfortably for nighttime weather, as it is sometimes cool in the mounatin air. There are no water fountains at the observatory so bringing bottled water is recommended. Closed-toed shoes and a flashlight are also recommended.

The Observatory will not be open during inclement weather or on cloudy nights. In the case of inclement weather, ticket holders are notified 36 hours prior to the event of any changes.


Mayland Community College
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Bare Dark Sky Observatory
66 Energy Exchange Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
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