Stargazing in Chuckatuck

Published 9:52 pm Monday, September 26, 2016

The Chuckatuck Library is welcoming stargazers for a special event on Saturday.

The moon will not be visible that night, making this the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The area is ideal for stargazing, because “there really isn’t too much light pollution in that area, which makes it even easier to observe stars,” Jillian Zellar, the city library location services coordinator, stated in an email.

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There will be telescopes available at the event, and attendees can use an iPad stargazing application for guidance. Attendees will learn about the moon’s phases and star constellations and try to find them in the sky.

“I think the value of this program is that anybody, any age, any experience level can participate and get something from it,” Zellar stated. “This is the type of program that the whole family and community can enjoy together.”

The current Tidewater Reads program inspired the event, according to Zellar.

“Shine, Shine, Shine,” the award-winning book selected for the program, includes themes of space exploration, romance and self-identity.

During Tidewater Reads, participating libraries are hosting more than 40 events and programs tied to the theme of space exploration. Lydia Netzer, the book’s author, will also visit each of the participating libraries.