A special event that coincides with the Perseid meteor shower which peaks during the second week of August is at 8 p.m. SaturdayAug. 10 at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park.
The program starts with a short presentation about the National Park Services Natural Lightscapes program in the lobby of the Paradise Inn. At 8:45 p.m., there will be outdoor star and meteor gazing next to the Paradise Visitor Center with Tacoma Astronomical Society volunteers and their telescopes. Families who attend also will be able to make astronomy devices called star finders.
Entry to the park is $15 per vehicle. The Star Party and Natural Lightscapes program is free.
If weather makes star gazing difficult, the party will move inside the Paradise Inn lobby to make star finders and to quiz the astronomers.
For more information, call Park Ranger Curt Jacquot at 360-569-6577.
General park information is available at www.nps.gov/mora or by calling 360-569-2211.