(Three Forks, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: Missouri Headwaters State Park Summer Speaker Series presentation, “Guided Star Gazing at the Headwaters.” The 2012 speaker series theme is Exploring Nature.
When: 10 p.m., Saturday, August 11.
Where: Missouri Headwaters State Park picnic area, 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT 59752. The park is located four miles north of Three Forks, just off of Interstate 90.
Please note the time change to 10 p.m. and bring your own chairs. In the case of rain, the star gazing program will be cancelled.
Who: Jacob Plovanic, Montana State University-Bozeman graduate student in Solar Physics.
With the Perseid meteor shower as a backdrop, Plovanic will take the audience on a guided tour of Montana’s summer night sky. He will point out interesting stars, discuss the background of several constellations, and answer the audience’s questions. He will also have a telescope available to view deep sky objects.
Jacob Plovanic is an MSU graduate student studying solar physics on a project run by NASA. He is originally from Denton, Montana, where the dark nights allowed him to study the sky and develop his interest in astronomy.
Enjoy the Missouri Headwaters State Park Speaker Series--Saturday evenings June 9 through August 18. A marshmallow roast follows each program.
Missouri Headwaters State Park is a National Historic Landmark rich in Native American, Lewis and Clark, fur trade, and early settlement history. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,300 people visited Missouri Headwaters State Park, a 34% increase over the year before.