We see the Sun and the stars every day, but how much do you actually know about them? On May 11, visit Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium at its celebration of Astronomy Day to learn about the celestial objects our planet calls neighbors.
The Bays Mountain Astronomy Club hosts a yearly celebration of the International Day of Astronomy each year at the park. This free, fun-filled day is a great Saturday activity for the whole family where you’ll learn all about the science and hobby of astronomy.
The club will provide fascinating displays and hands-on activities that educate about astronomy, telescopes, careers and education in astronomy, the Sun and so much more. Over the course of the day, the club will also host Solar and Nighttime Viewings where you’ll have the chance to see the Sun, the stars, the Moon and more up close through powerful telescopes.
Astronomy Day Schedule
1-4:30 p.m.: Displays and
information (walkway in front of Nature Center, or inside
Nature Center if raining)
3-3:30 p.m.: Solar Viewing
at the dam
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Nighttime Viewing at the Observatory
All non-planetarium astronomy activities are free with park admission on Astronomy Day. Tickets to the planetarium shows currently playing, “First & Farthest” and “Appalachian Skies – Spring,” are $5 for non-members and free for members and children under six.