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Study Jupiter and its Moons at Riverbend’s Astronomy Festivals

Riverbend AstronomyJupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will be the highlight of two upcoming astronomy festivals at Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va. Families are invited for an evening of stargazing, stories, and snacks at one of the darkest spots in Fairfax County on Saturdays, December 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. and January 4, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Each event lasts 2 hours and admission is $5 per person.

The park’s powerful Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will be trained on the gaseous giant and its Galilean moons. Attendees will be awed by the color and detail visible through the lens. Naturalists will point out constellations and share ancient stories associated with them around a warming fire. Children can make craft projects and play games, and hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. Personal telescopes are welcome.

Attendees must register in advance by Registering with Parktakes Online or calling 703-222-4664. The program will be canceled if it rains or snows.

For more information about the park, visit Riverbend Park, located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls, Va. or call 703-759-9018.

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