Big South Fork Solar Viewing and Dark Sky Programs

Oneida, TN (2018-10-24)  Come explore one of Big South Fork’s most valuable resources, the night sky!  In support of the Go Big 2018 Challenge, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be presenting solar viewing and dark sky programs on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  Paul Lewis of University of Tennessee, along with amateur astronomy enthusiasts from across the region, will be here to find and describe the most fascinating stellar objects to look for in the sky.  Telescopes will be set up for sky observations.  We will be exploring our solar system’s brightest and only star, the sun, at 3:00 p.m. (ET).  Then at 8:00 p.m., we will begin gazing farther across the universe at more distant stars.  Both these events are being held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking area and each program is worth 5 Go Big Challenge points!

You may want to bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  In the event of inclement weather, the solar viewing program will be postponed and an alternative dark skies program will be presented in the Interpretation and Education building located next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

The Go Big 2018 Challenge is an all-inclusive, year-long, self-paced, park-wide event created to encourage you to go out and explore the park.  This year’s theme is Rivers and Trails in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2018-challenge.htm where you can download and print your Go Big Challenge booklet and get started today!