Stargaze On International Dark Sky Week at Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Discover the Night at the Harkers Island Visitor Center on April 22 and 23.

Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina’s newest International Dark Sky Park, invites you to celebrate International Dark Sky Week and Discover the Night on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022, in partnership with the Crystal Coast Stargazers and Island Express Ferry Service.

The two evenings of stargazing will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, with the Crystal Coast Stargazer’s telescopes open to the public for viewing. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes if they choose. All stargazers should arrive by 7:30 p.m. (EDT) to set up their telescopes, and while there is no camping on the visitor center grounds, astronomers are welcome to stay with their telescopes all night.

The park’s authorized passenger ferry service concessionaire, Island Express Ferry Service, will offer visitors the opportunity to take a starlight cruise, which will be accompanied by NASA Solar System Ambassador Brandon Porter, who will give a laser-pointed presentation of the night sky from the Cape Lookout Lighthouse area. The ferry leaves the Harkers Island Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) every night and returns from the lighthouse pier at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) for a 9:30 p.m. (EDT) arrival back on Harkers Island (EDT). Call Island Express Ferry Service at 252-728-7433 for bookings and ticket prices.

source prnewswire

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