Andromeda Galaxy to highlight “Town Creek Under the Stars”

Part of the Town Creek Indian Mound village is seen in this photograph that also captures a striking view of the night sky. (TCIM photo)

Part of the Town Creek Indian Mound village is seen in this photograph that also captures a striking view of the night sky. (TCIM photo)

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (TCIM) – The days are getting shorter and the nights longer, offering plenty of dark sky viewing at Town Creek Under the Stars on Sat., Nov. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m.  The highlight of the night will be the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest neighboring galaxy to our home, the Milky Way, located 2.5 million light years from Earth.  This massive spiral galaxy is also believed to contain one trillion stars.

“Skywatchers may also get an opportunity to view a few stray Leonids before the peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower occurs overnight November 17 – 18,” says Site Manager Rich Thompson.

Interested stargazers are encouraged to dress for the weather. Participants may also bring binoculars and telescopes.  The staff will have a scope available for those who do not have one.  This event is free and open to the public but donations are welcome.

Advanced registration is requested by calling the site at 910-439-6802 or emailing towncreek@ncdcr.gov.

A national historic landmark, Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is North Carolina’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage. The historic site is within the state’s Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of State Historic Sites and located at 509 Town Creek Mound Rd., Mount Gilead, N.C., 27306.

On the web…
http://www.towncreekindianmound.com
http://www.ncdcr.gov

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