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New Year’s Eve Stargazing set at Belle Isle

Belle Isle State Park will host the third annual New Year’s Eve Stargazing event at 5 p.m. December 31 at the park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster.

“Guest speaker Geoff Chester will take you on a tour of the night sky as you gaze through the telescope at radiant stars and deep sky objects,” said ranger Katie Shepard.

Chester has been involved in astronomy as an amateur for over 50 years and professionally for over 30. He works for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. and was previously employed by the Einstein Planetarium at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

“This is your chance to take one last look at the star-studded skies of 2016,” said Shepherd.

Participants should dress warmly. Hot cocoa and light refreshments will be served.

This program is weather dependent. Reservations are recommended so folks can be notified if the program is cancelled. Register at 462-5030. Parking fees apply.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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