SAC Hosts LaGrange Night Sky Tour and Fundraiser

(Updated to reflect date change)

Join members of Shoals Astronomy Club at LaGrange College Site Park in Leighton for a night sky tour on March 20. Weather permitting, the roof will roll off the historic LaGrange Observatory at 6:30 p.m., and amateur astronomers will curate a night sky tour as darkness falls.

This donation-based event is to cover recent repairs to the LaGrange Observatory roof. Built in 1961 by the Muscle Shoals Astronomical Society, this observatory houses a Meade LightBridge telescope. Donations of any amount are welcome, and will be collected by the LaGrange Living Historical Association.

Shoals Astronomy Club is a group of local amateur astronomers, astrophotographers, and optics enthusiasts. With cooperative skies, they hope to show star-forming regions, supernova remnants, and beautiful star clusters, and describe the vast distances between night sky objects. The group encourages people to enjoy the limitless beauty of a clear night sky at every opportunity.

This event is weather-dependent, and will be postponed until Saturday, March 21th in case of clouds or rain. Please check the forecast before attending. The area must remain dark during observation, so please cover any flashlight lens with a red filter, or keep all white lights hidden until you leave. To further reduce tripping risks, please leave your pets at home.

Questions about this event should be emailed to shoalsastro@gmail.com, or call Eric Geater at 731-431-3742.

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