Sat, Aug 12, 9pm
Join us for a sky watching watching session on a special night at Jordan Lake’s Ebenezer Church Recreation Area. We hope to have a good view of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. NOTE: This is a very popular skywatching session, please carpool where possible. Parking is limited. Check in on foursquare. For more info email Ranger Steve McMurray at 919.362.0586
SKYWATCHING. Directions, please use the following address: 2582 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex NC 27502.
Skywatching at Jordan Lake (always weather permitting).
Join an expert from Morehead Planetarium. Morehead hosts free skywatching sessions every month (weather permitting). Morehead educators and CHAOS members (from Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society) bring telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects. You might even see a few meteors!
WHAT HAPPENS AT A SKYWATCHING SESSION?
Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. During the evening, you might do any of these things:
- Peek through telescopes for up-close views of celestial objects
- Take a laser-guided “star tour” of the night sky
- Learn where to look for major constellations
- Listen to legends told by ancient cultures about the constellations
- Ask the astronomers for answers to all the astronomy questions you have!
Still have questions about Skywatching? Check out our Skywatching FAQs. Please note: Because of Earth’s rotation, some sky objects may be visible during only part of a skywatching session, depending on the times they rise and set.
SKYWATCHING SITES Most skywatching sessions are at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, part of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. This site has restrooms, a picnic shelter and a sandy beach area. You’ll find the telescopes at the far (west) end of the parking lot. Directions for Ebenezer Church Recreation Area.
CHECK THE WEATHER It’s hard to see stars through a cloud cover, so Morehead cancels skywatching sessions if the weather forecast predicts stormy or cloudy conditions. Cancellation decisions are made as soon as possible — at least two or three hours in advance.