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International Dark Sky celebration at Rockport Rec Area

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on April 16, 2018 – 12:36 amNo Comment

Nighttime viewing parties are being held at select sites across Michigan April 15-21, during International Dark Sky Week.

Michigan is home to six state-designated Dark Sky Preserves, which are areas protected from light pollution.

Three of those preserves are in northeast Michigan, at Negwegon State Park, Rockport Recreation Area and Thompson’s Harbor State Park.

Rockport Recreation Area in Alpena County is celebrating International Dark Sky Week on Saturday, with a gathering at the Rockport Harbor picnic area to view the night sky around dusk.

Weather and clear skies permitting, dark sky guide John Heath will be there to point out visible constellations and answer questions.  He will also be bringing telescopes to view the sky.  A bonfire and s’mores will also be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Rockport State Recreation Area and Besser Natural Area.

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