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A few more of our favorite spots for superior stargazing around Northern Michigan:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a perfect space to explore the dark sky, with monthly star parties happening at various spots in the park through October. All programs are free. To find out about the next star party, visit the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society’s website, gtastro.org.
J.H Rogers Observatory is located just a few miles away from Northern Michigan College’s main campus in Traverse City, and boasts several public viewing nights for up close experiences with Saturn, the moon, or Jupiter along with members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. For more information, visit nmc.edu.
Sand-loving storytellers (and listeners) will gather at Lanphier Observatory at the Leelanau School for “Beach Bard” Friday nights through August 9. Those who want to just peek through the observatory’s 14-inch telescope can do so during public viewing hours on Wednesdays and Fridays. leelanau.org.