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National Astronomy Day at The Planetarium

April 12, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area and the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers (WKAA) will host National Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 25, at the Golden Pond Planetarium, located at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, from 12-4pm.

Enjoy free, full-dome, digital, surround sound planetarium shows at 10 and 11am, and 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. A Star Party will take place at the Observatory after dark, weather permitting.

“The planetarium offers a variety of shows and provides an exciting way for our visitors to learn more about astronomy,” said Rob Milner, Planetarium Interpreter. “We teach visitors about the planets and how the sun affects earth’s climate and environment. We also open the observatory for people to safely observe the sun through our solar telescope. We will have a variety of activities that visitors of all ages will find both entertaining and educational.”

At various times throughout the day, astronomy club members will explain how you can get started in astronomy. Visitors will learn tips on observing the night sky, buying your first telescope, and safely viewing the sun.

National Astronomy Day promotes and encourages astronomy as a science and hobby. For more information or directions to the Golden Pond Visitor Center, visit www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us, Friends of Land Between The Lakes at www.friendsoflbl.org, or Western Kentucky Amateur Astronomers at www.wkaa.net.

The following link will take you to Flickr where you will find the photos included in this news release, along with photo credits, captions, and additional photos for downloading:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature,@LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterest www.pinterest.com/lblnra.

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White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.