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Marble Springs hosting stargazing opportunities series

KNOXVILLE - Marble Springs State Historic Site will host the latest in its ongoing series of stargazing opportunities on Saturday, August 11 at 9:00 pm. Following a lecture on meteor showers to be held at the Marble Springs pavilion, visitors can view the night sky in anticipation of seeing several planets plus the potentially spectacular Perseid meteor shower. Guests who wish to set up their own telescopes may come at 8:30 pm.

The Perseids are visible each year during July and August and are associated with the debris cloud of the Swift-Tuttle comet. They should be near peak visibility at this time.

This event will be led by Mr. Garry Noland, adjunct instructor of astronomy at the University of Tennessee. All participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight, a chair, and a friend. In the event of inclement weather or overcast skies, the lecture portion of the program will still take place.

Stargazing is free and everyone is welcome. Donations will be accepted and are appreciated. Marble Springs State Historic Site is located at 1220 W Governor John Sevier Highway in Knoxville, TN.

Marble Springs is the farm and last remaining home of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier. The site is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00pm. Guided tours are available for a fee.

Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission and graciously supplemented with funds from Knox County and the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Published August 8, 2018

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