Theodore Roosevelt National Park Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

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September 23rd, 2016 - September 25th, 2016

Come and celebrate our dark night skies, a precious and diminishing resource, by participating in the Fourth Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival, September 23-25, 2016!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora welcome you to a weekend of star viewing, solar system hikes, a "Discovery Dome" planetarium with hourly programs on astronomy-related topics, telescope building, solar viewing, rocket building and launching and a special attraction at this year's festival: Apollo lunar samples!

In addition, visitors are welcome to enjoy presentations by nationally recognized speakers:

Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Redlands, artist, photographer, astronomer and night sky ambassador, will make the featured presentation "Come for the Stars, Stay for the Sun" on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater, in the park's South Unit.

Dr. Joe Shaw, Director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University, will be the featured presenter on Saturday, September 24. Dr. Shaw will present "Optics in Nature" at 3:30 p.m. MDT in the auditorium of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (250 Main Street, Medora) and at 7 p.m., he will discuss the Aurora Borealis, a presentation that will include beautiful photographs of this night sky event, in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater.

Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Department of Natural Sciences at Dickinson State University will make the featured presentation; "The Importance of Darkness: Bat Ecology and The Impact of Light Pollution on Wildlife" on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater.

The full schedule of events is evolving and will be posted and updated at: https://www.nps.gov/thro.

 

 

Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Aurora Borealis brightens the night skies over the Big Plateau in the wilderness area of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Photo Credit: NPS/Daniel Blomdahl
The Aurora Borealis brightens the night skies over the Big Plateau in the wilderness area of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Photo Credit: NPS/Daniel Blomdahl
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