“Far from the city lights, stars you rarely see are easily visible at Shaker Village,” said Burnes.
All Stargazing Evenings events are free. Each begins with an “Introduction to Stargazing” at the West Family Amphitheatre at 9 p.m. Stargazing takes place at 9:30 p.m. Follow signage from the Shaker Village entrance to the Meeting Area C parking lot.
Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress warmly for cool evening weather. Telescopes are optional, but not required.
Stargazing Evenings at Shaker Village
Stargazing — Midnight Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug. 11 / free
9–9:30 p.m./Introduction to Stargazing/West Family Preserve Shop
9:30 p.m. - ??? /Stargazing at the West Family Amphitheatre
One of the year’s best meteor showers peaks tonight! Join Astronomy educator Roberta Burnes for an introduction to meteors and the annual Perseid meteor shower. As the sky darkens, we’ll settle back for a relaxing evening of stargazing and meteor watching. The later you look, the more you’ll see; the Perseids peak in the wee hours of morning with rates of up to 100 per hour.
Dress warmly for cool evening weather, bring binoculars if you have them, and bring sleeping bag, blankets, and/or a lawn chair for comfortable viewing. The Preserve Shop is the small maroon building located in between the West Family Wash House and West Family Sisters’ Shop.
Stargazing — Stories
Sept. 1 / free
8–8:30 p.m./Introduction to Stargazing/West Family Preserve Shop
8:30–9:30 p.m./Stargazing at the West Family Amphitheatre
Join Astronomy educator Roberta Burnes for an evening of stories and stargazing under the glorious dark skies of Shaker Village. Start with star stories from around the world; then search the skies for constellations and telescopic views of star clusters and galaxies.
Stargazing — The
Autumn Evening Sky and Orionid Meteor Shower
Oct. 20/ free
7–7:30 p.m./Introduction to Stargazing/West Family Preserve Shop
7:30–8:30 p.m./Stargazing at the West Family Amphitheatre
Join us for an introduction to the autumn evening sky. Astronomy educator Roberta Burnes will share star stories and show you how to find the constellations. Explore the crescent moon, Mars, Jupiter, and more through a telescope. There’s also a good chance you will see meteors, as the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak.