Great Super Moon viewing in the Shenandoah with NASA Ambassador

shen national parkBeautiful summer evenings lend themselves to staying out late and stargazing into the universe. This summer, Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge welcomes Greg Redfern, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and space expert, to talk about Super Moon, Space and more in the Shenandoah. With two new Super Moons happening August 10 and September 9, this is a perfect time to book a package at Skyland Resort and catch up on all thing star, moon and universe related. The 30-minute discussions will take place at Big Meadows Lodge, start at 9:00 p.m and be available August 12, August 17, August 27, September 5, September 10, September 21 and October 2, 2014.

“We are thrilled to have Greg Redfern to entertain our Skyland Resort guests,” said General Manager Charles Friend. “Beautiful views are what we are known for, whether the expansive valley during the day or the star studded universe in the evening. It is always some sort of spectacular show here at Skyland Resort.”

Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy will be available various evenings from August to October. Greg’s daily astronomy blog “What’s Up?: The Space Place”, has had hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world. Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over four decades and collecting meteorites for years. He has used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities and geological sites. As a result, Greg has brought the wonder, beauty and excitement of our Universe to audiences for decades in one on one style that resonates with his passion and knowledge.

Redfern will present a 30-minute fascinating star studded presentation followed by star gazing in the big meadows area (weather permitting). Themes include:

  • “So, You Want to Be An Astrophotographer?” This engaging presentation will teach the audience basics on how to photograph the Park and sky. Guests will be able to sue this information to try their hand at taking pictures of their own during their visit to Shenandoah. They will also see stunning pictures taken by Greg of the sky and learn about what they are seeing.
  • “The Sky IS Falling – Space Rocks and You” This presentation provides guests background on meteorites (space rocks) and there will be real meteorites to look at, including a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell over Russia in February 2013. He will also have a piece of Mars and the Moon for visitors to see as well.
  • “The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater”. The inside Story of America’s largest Impact Crater” Many people do not know that one of the world’s largest known impact craters is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. They will learn all about it from Greg’s firsthand experience with the deepest dig into the heart of this 57-mile wide beast. Guests will also see real geological samples from within the crater.
  • “Under the Stars In the Park”. Weather permitting, night sky unaided eye viewing will take place in the big meadows to show visitors the night sky. They will learn abut the constellations and associated sky lore. Q&A will follow.

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