Wish upon a star at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park view the night sky on April 4

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Volume 37-079 For Immediate Release: March 31, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- The night sky will be the dramatic backdrop for the Night Sky Over Babler event Saturday, April 4 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this family-friendly event lasts from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the program will be cancelled, but the program indoors will still be held.

Join the St. Louis Astronomical Society to wish upon a star and study the spring sky.  Possible observations will include the moon, Saturn, the Beehive Cluster, the Orion Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy. You are encouraged to bring binoculars. Telescopes will be set up in the field next to the Babler statue.

Marking the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope, 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy.  The Night Sky Over Babler event is part of an international celebration of astronomy called "100 Hours of Astronomy." Stop by the park's visitor center during the evening to watch a live broadcast of the worldwide celebration.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. For more information, contact the park directly at 636-458-3813 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800 379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com