By Peninsula Daily News staff
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John Goar of the Olympic Astronomical Society is winding up his summer-long stars and planets shows outside the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, 17 miles up Hurricane Ridge Road from Port Angeles in Olympic National Park.
With minimal light pollution, the Ridge is one of the best sites on the North Olympic Peninsula for stargazing.
Goar's last programs are tonight and Friday night. The program begins at the visitor center at 9:30 p.m. It lasts about an hour.
With participants sharing use of several telescopes, Goar will show Saturn and its moons, other planets and stars, globular star cluster M13, the Ring Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy.
But if skies are cloudy, Goar's program is canceled.
For program status, phone the Hurricane Ridge Road hotline at 360-565-3131 after 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
“Dress warmly,” said Goar, noting that the visitor center is situated at 5,242 feet.
The programs are free with park admission, $15 per vehicle (and good for seven days).
For more information, visit www.olympictelescope.com.