Tennessee Spring Star Party coming to Fall Creek Falls

By | March 8, 2018 8:26 am

Stargazers from across the country are gearing up for the upcoming annual event of hiking and observing the night sky from within Tennessee’s most visited state park.

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Cumberland Astronomical Society, Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory, and the Astronomy in the Parks Society are preparing for the annual Tennessee Spring Star Party, which will be March 16-18 at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Beginning stargazers and experienced astronomers are expected to spend the weekend enjoying the best of Fall Creek Falls and some of the best viewing opportunities of stars within the park.

The Tennessee Spring Star Party will begin the evening of March 16, with dark sky field viewing of the beautiful night sky and continue throughout the weekend with additional viewing opportunities, on Saturday, as well as astronomy presentations and discussions throughout the weekend.

Public viewing opportunities will be available both Friday and Saturday nights, 7-10 p.m. A hospitality and warming tent will be onsite at the observing field with warm beverages and snacks.

“Tennessee Spring Star Party is the perfect time to become acquainted with the night sky. Don’t miss this opportunity and all of the education TSSP offers to enthusiast,” stated a spokesperson with Tennessee State Parks.

There is no registration fee to attend this year’s event, according to organizers. Those interested in learning more about astronomy are encouraged to attend.

The Fall Creek Falls Inn is also offering special room packages for attendees who would like to stay at the park. For more information or to make a reservation, call toll free at 1-800-250-8610.

The Cumberland Astronomical Society is an amateur astronomy club based in Gallatin. The CAS focuses on bringing astronomy to the general public through events like the Tennessee Spring Star Party.

To learn more about the club and Spring Star Party event, visit www.cumberlandastronomicalsociety.org or contact Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.com.

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