One of America’s first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson, considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg College, for an illuminating look at the night sky from the president’s secluded retreat.
The evening begins with a presentation about Jefferson’s love of astronomy and a look at the history and future of the Universe. Attendees will then move out to the South Lawn of Jefferson’s retreat home to look at the stars. If the weather cooperates, features like Saturn, the Ring Nebula, and a Globular Cluster will be visible. Admission is $10 for ages 12+; children ages 11 and under are free; members are free. http://poplarforest.org/