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Get an Eagle Eye View of the Night Sky

Jim Sheets, the Canyon of the Eagles astronomer, is waiting to give you a first-row seat to the most incredible show of the night. The Eagle Eye Observatory, located at the resort, has several high-tech telescopes that let visitors get a closer look at stars, planets, and deep-sky objects. Sheets host the Twilight and Dark Sky programs regularly throughout the year. File photo

As you get farther away from the artificial lights of cities, the night sky comes to life with lights of its own: stars, planets, constellations, and more.

There’s no better place to discover the wonders of the night sky than the Eagle Eye Observatory at Canyon of the Eagles on the northeast shores of Lake Buchanan. The sliding-roof observatory houses several modern telescopes with “computer-enhanced imaging and astronomical instruments.”

The observatory is open Wednesday-Sunday starting at 7:30 p.m. through May. It then opens at 8:30 p.m. in June. Check the observatory schedule for times throughout the year.

Jim Sheets, the Canyon of the Eagles astronomer, holds regular programs for park visitors to learn about the night sky.

The Twilight Program starts at dusk, which changes throughout the year. This is an educational program during which Sheets or other qualified people talk about the stars, planets, constellations, and deep-sky objects that can be observed during the Dark Sky Program, which follows.

The Dark Sky Program lets you explore the night sky through Eagle Eye’s high-tech telescopes. Sheets will guide you through a wonderful program that’s fun for the whole family.

When the weather doesn’t allow for telescope use, the observatory still holds programs but uses large-screen TV with planetarium software, videos, and in-depth discussions.

You can even schedule your own private star party.

There is a $7 day-use entrance fee per person for non-guests of the resort, but no additional costs to attend the observatory programs.

editor@thepicayune.com

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