National Elk Refuge to offer night sky program

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The National Elk Refuge has scheduled the third in a summer series of night sky viewing programs, offering the popular event again this Saturday, August 11 from 9:00-11:00 pm.

 


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August 6, 2018 (18-16)

The National Elk Refuge has scheduled the third in a summer series of night sky viewing programs, offering the popular event again this Saturday, August 11 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The family-friendly, free event allows guests to enjoy another aspect of the Jackson Hole valley’s spectacular scenery. The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is conveniently located within Jackson’s city limits at 532 N. Cache Street.

The program is offered through a partnership with the Jackson-based Wyoming Stargazing organization, an educational non-profit group who will bring their expertise along with a 10” Dobsonian telescope and Universe2go goggles, or virtual reality glasses that project the sky in real time. The goggles work as an augmented reality planetarium, using mirrors and a top-loading compartment for a smartphone to let the app know what part of the night sky someone is looking at and project the same section of a star map into the viewer.

Saturday’s program will take place during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual celestial event that occurs as the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The prolific meteor shower can produce up to 60 or more meteors per hour, making it widely regarded as the best meteor show of the year.

In addition to the astronomy equipment and lessons, Saturday’s program will include a visit by an owl from the Teton Raptor Center. The avian ambassador will let attendees see the live bird up close while learning about the creature’s remarkable adaptations for a nocturnal lifestyle.

For more information on Saturday’s program, please call the National Elk Refuge administrative office at (307) 733-9212.