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Belle Isle State Park begins dark sky series March 25

Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County will host the first in a series of Moon Parties on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 7 p.m. The astronomy event is geared to all ages and will include telescopic views of the moon and planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.

This event will focus on the solar system and feature an astronomy discussion by retired NASA engineer and scientist Brad Perry, said Park Manager Katie Shepard.

The Moon Party is the first of several dark sky-themed talks to be held at Belle Isle State Park during 2023.

“Belle Isle State Park is an amazing dark sky resource for the area, given its low level of ambient light,” said Art Gilbert, a member of Shiloh School Astronomy Club. He noted that the Park is applying for recognition as an “International Dark Sky Park” through the International Dark Sky Association.

“You’re going to be hearing a lot more about dark skies and the importance of cutting back on light so we can view our skies and the Milky Way,” Shepard ...

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