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McCloud to host program on astronomy

Saturday, September 15, 2012

McCloud Nature Park will be having an astronomy program as the sun begins to set on Saturday, Sept. 22. The program will be at the Nature Center starting at 7:10 p.m.

Expert sky watchers from the Indiana Astronomical Society will partner with Hendricks County Parks and Recreation naturalists to help beginners find their way around the night sky and teach attendants about how a telescope works and how to recognize constellations, galaxies and nebulae of all sorts.

This astronomy event will begin with an outdoor informational session that will last around 30 minutes. This will be followed by night sky viewing through a limited number of binoculars and telescopes that will be provided. Or attendants can bring their own binoculars if they wish.

Programs like these are dependant upon clear skies and will be canceled if bad weather is forecasted. Call the McCloud Nature Center at 676-5437 before 5 p.m. on Saturday if cloudy skies are present.

McCloud Nature Park is operated by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation and is located five minutes south of North Salem at 8518 N. Hughes Road. Admission is always free and the park is open from dawn to dusk daily. The Nature Center's hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

For more information on McCloud Nature Park and park programs call Hendricks County Parks and Recreation at (317) 718-6188 or visit the website at hendrickscountyparks.org.

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