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Blackwater Falls 32nd annual Astronomy Weekend

September 9 - September 11

Welcome to 32nd Astronomy Weekend at Blackwater Falls.

The Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society (kvas.org) and Blackwater Falls State Park (WVDNR) are sponsoring the annual Astronomy Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park. It is a great time to take advantage of dark skies that occur shortly after a new moon. Dark skies at Blackwater Falls State Park are a treasured natural resource. Often, the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon!

THURSDAY, September 9, 2021
Nature center is open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2021

Late evening
Dark Star Party (weather permitting) at Blackwater Falls Nature Center

FRIDAY, September 10, 2021
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.. to 4:00p.m.

2:00 p.m.
Finding the Center of the Milky Way
Presentation by Jay Lockman. About 45 minutes. YPP

3:00 p.m.
You Can’t Be Sirius
Presentation by Sue Bassett. About 45 minutes. YPP

4:00 p.m.
Imaging Techniques From Planets to Deep Sky
Presentation by Brent Maynard. About 45 minutes. YPP

Late evening
Dark Star Party (weather permitting) at Blackwater Falls Nature Center

SATURDAY, September 11, 2021
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Exploring the Universe with Looping Ripples in Space Time
Presentation by Sarah Spolar.
About 45 minutes. YPP

2:00 p.m.
Using Gravitational Lenses as Natural Telescopes
Presentation by Tim Hamilton
About 45 minutes. YPP

3:00 p.m.
The Curious Incident of the Neutron Star Crashing at Night
Presentation by Maria Hamilton. About 45 minutes. YPP

Late evening
Dark Star Party (weather permitting) at Blackwater Falls Nature Center

Activities are at the nature center and open to the public. This weekend is filled with good family, youth and friend astronomy based programs. Also, check out and borrow our Kids Exploration Backpack. Ask the naturalist about this self-guided nature opportunity.

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Start:
September 9
End:
September 11
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Website:
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Blackwater Falls State Park
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