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Astronomy event set Friday at Island Lake

Michigan’s largest free astronomy event will take place Friday night at the Island Lake Recreation Area.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs, the event will cover astronomy, space science, and imaging technology. Various live shows will be interactive, allowing viewers to ask questions and participate in the discussion. Live telescope viewing starts at 4 p.m. Friday with solar observing, then picks back up again at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight with 60+ telescopes.

“See sunspots, prominences, Saturn’s spectacular rings, Jupiter and its moons, stars birthing and dying, and maybe even another galaxy!”, says a press release.

Attendees are advised to arrive early for close parking. No flashlights will be allowed on the telescope field.

It is a rain or shine event, although severe weather will cancel it.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

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