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Lake Afton Public Observatory

It’s almost that time of year again where the weather becomes nice and the sky is clear; perfect for looking at the stars.

Lake Afton Public Observatory is a great experience for people both young and old. Their historical objects and photographs on display are really very interesting. There are also many pictures of telescopes and telescopes to try. They have the different types and a guide to choosing the right telescope for what it is you are doing.

There is a 16-inch telescope in the Observatory that is so strong you can see Saturn and its rings, the Moon, galaxies beyond our Milky Way and thousands of stars. It’s a beautiful sight that is not possible to see with the naked eye.

The Observatory offers many programs open to the general public on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year. Right now Lake Afton Public Observatory is doing something called “Life Story of a Star.” This describes the life cycle of a star, shows the various stages and points out what these stages may look like using the 16-inch telescope.

The Observatory is a great activity for families or classroom field trips. It’s an interesting experience that is fun and educational! Don’t miss the “Life Story of a Star,” going on this weekend from 8:00 – 10:00 pm. It’s $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for ages 6 and under! 


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