POSTCARD: Night Sky Festival || Shenandoah National Park

Sunset at Big Meadows
Sunset from Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park


This weekend marked the 4th annual Night Sky Festival at Shenandoah National Park. This was the first time that I ever took part in an event hosted at the park. I had been thinking back to my time sleeping under the stars at Philmont Scout Ranch and how amazed I was at the millions of stars I saw then. I wanted to be able to share that type of experience with my daughter.

We started our night off at the Byrd Visitor Center/Big Meadows with a presentation give by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern to learn about the latest mission to the moon by NASA, China, India, and others. After the presentation, we walked across the road to the Rapidan Fire Road to the viewing area for a night of moongazing and perhaps a few constellations. 

Night Sky Event Shenandoah National Park
Viewing area just off the Rapidan Fire Road.

Night Sky Event Shenandoah National Park
Park Ranger's set-up their telescope for people to see Jupiter  

Night Sky Event Shenandoah National Park

The night sky with a view of the moon with Jupiter to the right of the moon and Saturn to the left. While we saw planets, moons, shooting stars. The phase of the moon was Waxing Gibbous which is a very bright moon. Unfortunately, the moon was to bright for us to see the Milkyway.  

This was a great way to experience the park. I can see us taking another trip to just catch the Milkyway!

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