N.C. Offers Stargazing Opportunity At Town Creek

Stargazers have a chance to view the illusive planet Uranus at the Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, described as "one of the best dark sky sites" in North Carolina.

European astronomers have found a trio of "super-Earths" (not pictured) closely circling a star that astronomers once figured had nothing orbiting it, demonstrating that planets keep popping up in unexpected places. (AP Photo/NASA/ESA)

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. -- Stargazers have a chance to view the illusive planet Uranus at the Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, described as "one of the best dark sky sites" in North Carolina.

Visitors will be able to view to Milky Way through the site's 12-inch Dobsonian telescope on Saturday night.

Saturday night is also expected to be one of the best times to view Uranus, which will then be the closest to the earth for the year.

The event is part of a monthly series of astronomy programs at the site. Others will be held Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes and binoculars to share.

The Town Creek Indian Mound is North Carolina's only state historic site dedicated to American Indian Heritage.


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