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Astronomy Night to Celebrate Moon Landing

HARKERS ISLAND – A special edition of the monthly Astronomy Night is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Cape Lookout National Seashore Harkers Island Visitor Center.

 The International Space Station leaves a streak across the sky in this long-exposure image. Photo: Brandon Porter, Crystal Coast Stargazers

NASA Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman plans to give a 45-minute presentation, “Moon2Mars,” highlighting the significance of human achievements during the first landing, followed by a discussion of where NASA is heading next.

Park staff and astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers, a NASA Night Sky Network Astronomy Club, plan to host a star party, depending on the weather, in front of the visitor center.

The stargazers will provide telescopes or attendees can bring their own telescopes to view the moon, and other sky-bound objects above the Southern Outer Banks through the lens of a telescope. There will be activities for children as well.

Organizers recommend checking the weather and dressing accordingly and bringing water, snacks, bug repellent and a flashlight with a red filter that helps maintain participants’ night vision

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