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Eye On The Sky Star Gazing Party

08/11/10 9:00PM
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AP/Kevin Clifford
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid meteor shower on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.

Bring your radio and a blanket into the backyard and join VPR for our Eye on the Sky Star Gazing Party Wednesday, August 11 at 9 p.m.  VPR's Mitch Wertlieb will be joined by Mark Breen,  Director of the Fairbanks Planetarium in Saint Johnsbury, who will answer your questions about the stars, planets, and constellations.  We'll also be watching for the Perseid Meteor Shower which will be approaching its peak.

You'll learn about the Summer Triangle, meteor showers, how to use the Big Dipper to find other stars and much more. Your questions are an important part of the broadcast.  You can call in during the show or email your questions ahead of time to community@VPR.net.

In case of cloudy skies:  Mark Breen will make the call at 9 a.m. Wednesday whether the skies are suitable for a Star Gazing Party or if the broadcast should be moved to Thursday.  Listen to VPR for an update or check VPR.net.

Throwing a Stargazing Party:  It's easy!  Invite your friends and family.  Set up lawn chairs or spread blankets on the ground.  Turn the radio on and look up! For ‘night vision' that won't interfere with your ability to see the stars, wrap a red scarf, bandana, or cellophane around your flashlight and secure it with a rubber band.  For treats, make a bowl of popcorn or whip up one of these easy favorites from VPR Cooks:

Michelle Jeffery's Blueberry Cake

Jonathan Butler's Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie

VPR Maple Shortbread Cookies



The Eye on the Sky Star Gazing Party is a production of VPR in collaboration with the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in Saint Johnsbury.




Click here for an interactive Star Chart and other resources.  



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