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Eye On The Sky Star-Gazing Party

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Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9 p.m. Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune-in to VPR for our Eye on the Sky Star-Gazing Party.  VPR's Ric Cengeri will be joined by Mark Breen, Director of the Fairbanks Planetarium in Saint Johnsbury. He'll answer your questions about the stars, planets, and constellations.  We'll also be watching for the Perseid Meteor Shower, which will be approaching its peak.

You'll learn about the Summer Triangle, meteor showers, how to use the Big Dipper to find other stars and much more. Your questions are an important part of the broadcast.  You can call in during the show or email your questions ahead of time.

Throwing a Star-Gazing Party:  It's easy!  Invite your friends and family.  Set up lawn chairs or spread blankets on the ground.  Turn the radio on and look up! For ‘night vision' that won't interfere with your ability to see the stars, wrap a red scarf, bandana, or cellophane around your flashlight and secure it with a rubber band.

The Eye on the Sky Star-Gazing Party is a production of VPR in collaboration with the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in Saint Johnsbury.