Public star gazing scheduled in conjunction with new moon


A gathering of star gazers is scheduled for Camp Myeerah ahead of next week’s new moon.

Bellefontaine Joint Parks and Recreation District board approved Tuesday in a regular meeting an astronomy night scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Myeerah Nature Preserve, 7450 State Route 540.

“We are encouraging any astronomy buffs to attend and share their expertise with the general public,” reads a press release distributed Tuesday by Dennis Versele, parks board member.

The event is open to the public, and, “park staff will begin receiving those interested in setting up their instruments at 3:30 p.m., and ask the viewing public to have arrived by 5 p.m.,” Versele said.

In the event of inclement weather or a cloudy sky unsuitable for viewing, the date will be changed to Saturday, Nov. 18, Versele said.

A new moon phase makes for optimal viewing conditions, as the moon is not present in the night sky because it rises and sets with the sun. This makes for a darker sky, and makes other celestial objects more visible.

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