The days are gradually becoming longer, and crocuses have begun to emerge from the partially thawed ground – subtle signs that spring is on its way.
Edinboro University’s Planetarium staff and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will mark the official start of spring with an outdoor viewing of the vernal equinox on Tuesday, March 20.
Members of the community are invited to join the free stargazing event from 7-10 p.m. at Erie Bluffs State Park, located at 11100 West Lake Road, Lake City, Pa. The 587-acre Erie Bluffs State Park is located along the Lake Erie shoreline in western Erie County, 12 miles west of the City of Erie.
Telescopes from Edinboro University’s Planetarium and Observatory will provide participants with a close view of Orion, the Orion Nebula, the moon and other cosmic wonders.
“Many telescopes will be set up in a dark location at the park where participants can catch a glimpse of familiar and not-so-familiar celestial objects,” said Dr. David Hurd, director of EU’s Planetarium.
Attendees are asked to meet at the main parking area located at 11122 West Lake Road. All stargazers should dress for outdoor weather and bring a lawn chair if desired. Registration is not required.
The program is subject to modification or cancellation at the discretion of park staff. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations should contact the Presque Isle State Park office at (814) 833-7424.
For more information about the Edinboro University’s Planetarium or other hands-on educational experiences at EU, visit www.edinboro.edu/planetarium.
Photo caption: Dr. David Hurd and the Edinboro University Planetarium are teaming up with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for an outdoor viewing of the vernal equinox on Tuesday, March 20.