Learn about the night sky Aug. 15 at Knob Noster State Park

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Volume 37-236 For Immediate Release: Aug. 6, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Find your way around the night sky at the "The Sky is Falling" event on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Knob Noster State Park in Knob Noster.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the back of the park's campground around site 63 and is free and open to the public. 

Local amateur astronomers will be available to show you how to find your way around the night sky using a few of the brighter stars and constellations.  The Milky Way and summer triangle will be viewable during this time. You will have several opportunities to ask questions and look through high quality telescopes at Saturn and its rings, double stars, globular clusters (100,000 stars all at once), earth orbiting satellites and hopefully some Perseids meteors (weather permitting). Bring your own chairs. In the event of rain or extreme cloudiness, this event will be canceled.

Knob Noster State Park is located off Highway 50 on Highway 23. For more information, contact the park directly at 660-563-2463 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 Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com