Stars! Stars! Get Close to Famous Stars!

John Goar

John Goar with two of his telescopes

If you’re around the Olympic Peninsula and can get to Hurricane Ridge for the telescope viewing and full moon hikes, don’t miss it! This is an advantage of high elevation (5,242') with little ambient light. 2014 is the fifth consecutive summer of public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. You may get to see Saturn and her moons, globular cluster M13, planetary nebula M57 (a.k.a. The Ring Nebula and galaxy M31 (a.k.a. The Andromeda Galaxy). Did you think Andromeda was only in science fiction? Plus, you can take your imagination other mysterious, far-away places through the scope eyepiece.
  • July 22 and 23 - 10:45pm
  • July 24 – July 30 beginning at 10:30pm
  • Aug. 14 - Aug. 20 beginning at 9:45pm
  • Aug. 21 - Aug. 29 beginning at 9:30pm
John Goar, your host through space, is the Astro-VIP at Olympic National Park -- a volunteer who leads free public telescope viewing. John is a member of the Olympic Astronomical Society, an astronomy club that meets monthly in Bremerton, Washington.  John is also a certified Master Observer by the Astronomical League. In the offseason, John teaches math and science at Kingston Middle School in Kingston, Washington. The Olympic Astronomical Society will have their 17th Annual OAS Hurricane Ridge Star Party on July 26th and on August 23rd, weather permitting.  Most OAS members will be happy to have the public look through their telescopes! Full Moon Hike to Hurricane Hill
  • Saturday August 9, Sunday August 10 - DEPART 8:30pm
A three-mile, round-trip hike.  Meet at Hurricane Hill Trailhead. It is a 1.5 miles drive beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Please wear sturdy shoes.  A constellation tour will occur at the top of Hurricane Hill. Both the Telescope Program and the Full Moon Hikes will cancel if there is cloud cover. For cancellation due to clouds, visitors can call the Hurricane Ridge Road Hotline on the day of the program after 3 pm.  (360) 565-3131.

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