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View the stars, learn to use a telescope at the Stars over Elachee program April 29
Participants can see the night sky from a different perspective in Gainesville
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Stars Over Elachee

When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Where: Elachee’s Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

Cost: Registration required; $10 adults, $5 children and free members

More info: 770-535-1976

When the sun sets April 29, area residents can stare into the night’s sky and learn about the vast wonders of outer space during the Stars Over Elachee telescope program.

Beginning at dusk, participants may check out telescopes and see what the sky has to offer, said Peter Gordon, education director at Elachee Nature Science Center.

“We’ll basically introduce participants to how to use a telescope and how a telescope works and let them really do hands-on stuff exploring their telescope,” he said, noting the program is conducted on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

Gordon explained participants don’t need their own telescope, just a pencil and a flashlight.

“We’ll have a little booklet that will help guide them in their activities for the night,” he said.

But participants do need to register by calling Elachee at 770-535-1976.

“We’re limited on the number of people (who) can participate based on the number of telescopes available,” Gordon said. “We try to keep it to four or five (people) on a telescope max. That way everybody gets a lot of looking and a lot of exploration with the telescope.”

The center has eight telescopes, which were purchased thanks to a grant.

“We’ve been doing this probably for about 10 years or so,” he said. “Our astronomy staff developed this program.”

And since the beginning, it’s been a quite a hit.

“It’s probably one of the most popular programs that we do for members and nonmembers alike,” Gordon said. “We’ll probably have somewhere between 15 and 20 folks that are there.”

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