Annual stargazing party coming to Cedar Key

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    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and Cedar Key Museum State Park will host National Stars-n-Parks Programs 

Jan. 31- Feb. 4. 


   Amateur astronomers are coming to town and bringing their high-powered telescopes for a week long stargazing event and Cedar Key is one of the few places in the nation with skies dark enough to host such an event. This is a public education astronomy program given by volunteers. Activities are designed to stimulate interest in astronomy and to educate the public about advantages of protecting the night sky from light pollution. 


Events will include:


n Public Stargazing and Slide Shows

Cedar Key Museum State Park

12231 S.W. 166 Court

Cedar Key, Florida

Monday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

There is no charge for this event.


n Stargazing Hayride

Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

Reservations are required and space is limited. This event is free. The hayrides will depart from the Cedar Key Scrub picnic area on S.R. 24, five miles east of Cedar Key. This event may be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3 in case of inclement weather.


For more information and to make reservations, call 352- 543-5567. If you require assistance in order to participate in this event, please inform park staff when making reservations. For more information, visit  www.floridastateparks.org.