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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

On the night of Saturday, September 7, 2019 you can experience a unique opportunity at Poplar Forest.  Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at the University of Lynchburg, will share his and Thomas Jefferson’s love of astronomy.

Spending the evening on the south lawn of Poplar Forest Dr. Sumerlin will showcase the night’s sky.  Following a short presentation about Thomas Jefferson and his fascination with astronomy you will then study the moon, stars and planets in the early fall sky.  If the weather cooperates you may be able to see:

  • the first quarter moon, a little less than half illuminated
  • Venus in a crescent phase
  • Jupiter with its four largest moons visible
  • Saturn with its rings tilted for great visibility and its largest moon Titan
  • Mars, not long after its closest approach to Earth in several years

The Stargazing Event will take place between 7:30 until 9:00.  Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited.  Admission is $10.00 per person, for guests 12 years old and older.  Tickets can be purchased online (www.poplarforest.org/events) or by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA.  The main phone number is 434.525.1806.