Summer Stargazing Opportunities for Ohio Campers

For the thirty-second summer, members of the Miami Valley
Astronomical Society (MVAS) plan a series of Stargaze events for
campers at John Bryan State Park.

The park is located in Greene County on state Route 370 between
Yellow Springs and Clifton.

The season’s first Stargaze is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday,
May 28, weather permitting. Similar events are set for dusk on June
4 and 18; July 9 and 16; Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, at the park.

MVAS members will also sponsor an all-night campout at the Caesar
Creek State Park Beach in Warren County on Saturday, Aug. 13, to
view the Perseid meteor shower.

MVAS President Bob Connell said Stargazes at John Bryan are popular
with both campers and members of his club.

“We get a pretty good turnout,” Connell said. “We enjoy doing
it.”

Participants may bring their own telescopes or view the night sky
through telescopes provided by MVAS members. Members will be on
hand to teach the fundamentals of astronomy and help campers
identify planets, constellations and other heavenly bodies.

MVAS members are required to assist with at least two Stargazes
annually in order to hold a key to the John Bryan Observatory,
located on park property.

The society leases the observatory, a former U.S. Air Force
facility, from the Ohio DNR. The arrangement dates from 1979.

A provision of the lease requires the organization to host events
for campers at the park, Connell said.

Additional information about the society and its events is
available at mvas.org.

Categories: Ohio – Jane Beathard

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