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Have a starry, starry night at Mount Rainier

Visitors can join a special star party at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park on Saturday night.

If the weather allows, the event will start at 8:45 p.m. in the Paradise Inn lobby. There will be a 30-minute presentation about the “Wilderness of a Dark Sky” and the National Park Service Natural Lightscapes program.

Next, the activities will move outside next to the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center for star viewing that will begin at 10 p.m. If the sky remains clear, the event will last until at least midnight.

If weather makes using telescopes impossible, the star party will return to the inn’s lobby for a question-and-answer session with astronomers.

The star gazing will be coordinated by the 2014 Mount Rainier Astro-Volunteer team. Multiple telescopes and astronomers will be available to help park visitors see objects in the night sky. The star party is free with park admission, $15 per vehicle and good for seven days.

For more information on the event, contact park ranger Curt Jacquot at 360-569-6577. For information about the Park Service’s lightscapes program, go to nature.nps.gov/air/lightscapes.

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