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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts Star-Gazing Activity

Big Pool, Md. (September 1, 2011)—The Maryland Park Service invites families to enjoy a view of the lunar surface, double stars, galaxies, star clusters, the Milky Way and other deep sky objects, at 8 p.m. on September 3 at Fort Frederick State Park.

Fort Frederick is an ideal site for astronomical observation. The skies are dark and there is minimal light pollution. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their telescopes and binoculars to the event and to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

The event will be held at the newly-created amphitheater behind the nature center. The nature center is next to Captain Wort’s store across the road from the fort. Overnight camping on 29 sites is available at a cost of $15 per site on a first come, first served basis.

The Astronomy Program will be presented by a park naturalist and is free, with light refreshments provided. In the event of clouds or rain, the program will be rescheduled for September 4

Fort Frederick is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, MD. For more information call 301-842-2155 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit

   September 1, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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