Star Gazing by the Shore in Destin is Heavenly Delight

By: Lauren Tjaden


Close your eyes and imagine.

You’re star gazing on the beach, standing with your toes scooped in the sand. You’re listening to the music of the surf as the tide falls, controlled by a waxing crescent moon, shimmering its cold, stony light on the water. Planets and stars tug on each other above you, spinning pricks of light that glitter and finally fade into infinity.

And you’re there to wonder at it all, at the vast beauty of the heavens and our world.

Thanks the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association, you can make this dream a reality. Henderson Beach State Park, located just east of Destin on U.S. 98, will host Star Gazing by the Shore on April 4, 2014, from 4 -10 p.m.

Volunteers will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies and will answer questions about the night sky. Also, the club will set up their telescopes for safe viewing of the sun starting at 4 p.m.

The Park will close at sunset (7:06 p.m.), so if you want to attend the star gaze, get there beforehand. All ages are invited.

This event is weather permitting. The star gazing program is included in the regular park admission fee. For more information call 850- 837-7550.

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