Outdoors

View stars Saturday from Paradise at Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park’s astro-volunteer team will host a star viewing party Saturday night. The volunteers donate the use of their personal telescopes and educate participants about the night skies.

The National Park Service sees the night sky as one of the scenic vistas of which it is a steward. The Park Service has developed the Natural Lightscape program to protect parks’ nightscapes.

The event starts at 9:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center. If the sky is clear, the event will last until at least 11:30 p.m.

If weather makes star gazing difficult, the event will be move inside to the lobby of the Paradise Inn for a “Meet the Astronomers” question-and-answer session. Materials to make a star-finder device also will be available at no charge.

This event is free, but entry to the park is $15 per private vehicle.

For more information, contact park ranger Curt Jacquot at 360-569-6577. Information about the service’s natural lightscapes program is at nature.nps.gov/air/lightscapes .

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