Astronomy Event Set For High Bridge

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

High Bridge Trail State Park will host an astronomy event on Saturday evening, March 1, beginning on the bridge at 7 p.m.

The constellation Orion is one of the sky’s most recognizable star patterns. It was known to ancient people around the globe, including in Egypt, Babylon, Armenia, China, Scandinavia, Siberia, and the Americas. The constellation is even mentioned three times in the Old Testament.

During the evening hours of late winter, Orion stands high in the sky followed by his two celestial hunting dogs. This evening’s sky tour will feature from Greco-Roman mythology and other tales to this famous hunter and the constellations associated with him. In addition, tripod mounted binoculars and a telescope will help participants get a closer look at some of the deep-sky objects that can be seen within the constellation, including a nebula where new stars are forming.

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High Bridge Trail State Park’s astronomy events are held near the center of High Bridge where the view of the sky is unobstructed. The program will be presented by Bruce and Karen Bellenir from the High Bridge Trail Friends Group, The location is approximately 1.25 miles from the closest parking lot (High Bridge Trail State Park’s River Road lot), so please allow ample time to traverse the distance. The event is free, but State Parking fees apply and it is suggested to bring water with you.

If you have any questions please contact High Bridge Trail State Park @ 434-315-0457. The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.