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Green Mountain Astronomers invite public to stargazing party in Hubbardton, Saturday

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.—HUBBARDTON—On Saturday, May 27, 7:30-10 p.m., the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton hosts an astronomy star party and workshop with the Green Mountain Astronomers. The astronomers invite the public to an evening of gazing at the stars and offer help with personal telescopes. Bring a telescope if one is available. The astronomers will illustrate how to properly use, collimate (adjust), and clean it. They also will bring their own telescopes so those that don’t have their own can view the night sky. If the night sky is too cloudy for star viewing, the workshop for personal telescopes will take place in an inside program.

Call 802-273-2282 to confirm if the program is inside or outside. Admission is by donation. Consider bringing a flashlight. The Hubbardton Battlefield has little modern light pollution and a sweeping open sky, and is the perfect spot to observe the heavens. It’s a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend.

Other 2017 astronomy programs at the battlefield are on June 24, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, and Oct. 14.

The battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is located in Hubbardton on Monument Hill Road, seven miles north of U.S. Route 4 from Castleton or six miles east of VT Route 30 in Hubbardton. The site opens on May 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays, and Monday holidays through Oct. 15. Regular admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 15.

For more information, visit historicsites.vermont.gov. Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

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View the night sky in an optimum setting, without modern light pollution, at Hubbardton Battlefield. 

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