Close your eyes and imagine.
There are no lights except the glittering stars and a slice of moon. The waves of the Gulf boil softly underneath them, a vast plain that fades to black and melds with the sky. The night is void of manmade sounds—cars, music, laughter --and the silence feels odd and overwhelming, compelling you to whisper.
You’re here to look at the stars, gathered on an empty beach with a smattering of other folks. It’s a quiet event, a simple event, and grand at the same time.
I admit. Dreaming about it is sweet. But the reality is better.
You can enjoy Star Gazing by the Shore at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, June 7, 2013, 6 --10 p.m. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for you to view star clusters, planets and galaxies. They will also answer questions about the night sky. All ages are invited.
- The Park closes at sunset, so make sure to arrive prior to it. You can call the Park for the sunset time, or just look it up.
- The event is weather permitting.
- Fees: This program is included in the park admission fee.
- Contact: 850- 837-7550
- Directions: Henderson Beach State Park is located just east of Destin on U.S. 98.