Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stargazing with Amateur Astronomers on our Historic Town Square

Man has always turned his eyes and thoughts to the stars for guidance, inspiration, wisdom and hope.

On January 6th, Christianity celebrates Epiphany or Holy Lights - a night when stargazing led to a miraculous discovery by 3 Wise Men as they followed the Star of Bethlehem .

On January 8th we will gather as a community on our historic town square of Burnsville,turn off all the lights, and once again marvel at the stars over these ancient mountains. Amateur astronomers will be there with their big telescopes, hot chocolate and cookies will be served, and we can all begin the new year with "a window to the infinite and beyond." Please join us for this special event presented by our Small Town Main Street committee.

"I have long thought that anyone who does not regularly--or ever--gaze up and see the wonder and glory of a dark night sky filled with countless stars loses a sense of their fundamental connectedness to the universe. And as the astounding vastness of the universe becomes obscured, there is a throwback to a vision of a universe that essentially amounts to earth, or one's country, or state or city. Perspective becomes myopic. But a clear night sky and a little instruction allows anyone to soar in mind and imagination to the farthest reaches of an enormous universe in which we are but a speck. And there is nothing more exhilarating and humbling than that."-Dr. Brian Greene, Columbia University Physicist.

Make home a place where star gazing can be a nightly ritual - the beautiful, pristine Cove at Celo Mountain. Far enough away in the mountains to feel the touch of the infinite; close enough to a top destination city to maintain connectedness.

For videos and stargazing preparedness

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