Experience the night sky at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in October

EMPIRE — Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for guided explorations of the night sky, morning and evening, at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this month.

The next sky event will be from 8 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 21, at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Overlook No. 3. This starry event is in celebration of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s 44th anniversary. Park at Picnic Mountain, the next right after Overlook No. 2.

From 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 23, view a partial solar eclipse until sunset at Platte River Point.

All programs are free. Participants need only to purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger Program.

These events will be cancelled if the sky is not visible due to weather conditions. The decision to cancel is usually made either three hours in advance or by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the event. Call park rangers at (231) 326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.

For the early morning and late evening astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the event. Park rangers and GTAS staff will wear red glow bracelets at the events. For more information about the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, go to www.gtastro.org/.

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