Starry Nights at Russell Cave

The Barnard Astronomical Society teamed up with the Russell Cave National Park for an inspiring night of gazing on January 19th, 2013.  More than 180 people showed up, including two Cub Scout groups and members of the Chattanooga Hiking Club, to view the cosmos through a variety of telescopes.  It is truly an exhilarating experience for any astronomy enthusiast to hear the awe and wonder in people‚Äôs voices as they have their first glimpse of Jupiter, magnified 180 times.

The temperature dipped into the low 30s by 7:30pm.  Star gazers, young and old alike, were packed up and ready to leave by the time telescopes began collecting frost at 8pm.  The clouds started rolling in at about 8:30 and the few that braved the cold, were able to witness an incredible 22 degree moon halo formed by hexagonal ice crystals in the air!

Once again, Ranger Antoine Fletcher brought together a fantastic event and we were more than excited to be a part of it! We look forward to another event in Spring!

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