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Navigating the Night Sky & Celestial Viewing at Pictograph Cave State Park

Montana State Parks

Tue Aug 14 10:04:00 MDT 2012

(Billings, MT)-Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What: A Pictograph Cave State Park Summer Speaker Series program, “Navigating the Night Sky,” followed by an opportunity to view the night sky with telescopes.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

Where: Pictograph Cave State Park is located five miles from Billings at the end of Coburn Road.

Who: Rich McClellan of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomers Association.

McClellan will take participants on a tour of the night sky, identifying constellations and planets commonly seen in the summer. Following the program, members of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomers will assist participants in viewing a variety of prominent sights in the celestial sky. Telescopes will be provided.

This program and night sky viewing is free and open to the public.

Pictograph Cave State Park annually attracts thousands of visitors to its three-cave complex, Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves, where generations of prehistoric hunters once camped. These caves were the site of Montana's first professional archaeological excavations beginning in 1937. More than 30,000 artifacts have been identified from the park. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 39,000 people visited Pictograph State Park, a 77 percent increase over the year before.

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