The night sky has inspired us for generations, and the inspiration continues at Assateague Island National Seashore, which holds some of the last remaining harbors of darkness on the east coast making it an ideal location for viewing the wonders of the night sky.

See an unparalleled view of the night sky during the Astronomy and the Night Sky Summer Series event Friday, July 13, at the Virginia end of Assateague Island National Seashore at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge with NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

The event starts with Astronomy 101 presentations at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Herbert H. Bateman Education Center Auditorium at 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. From 8:30 to 9:45 p.m., participants will have the opportunity of observing the night sky through high-powered telescopes located at the north end of beach parking lot #1. Participants will take a closer look into our vast solar system through observations of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.

The event is free and open to the public. The Astronomy 101 presentations will take place regardless of weather; however, the telescope viewing is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. Park entrance fees apply.

This series is a collaboration among NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

The NASA Visitor Center, located on Virginia Route 175 about six miles from U.S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series or the Visitor Center, Call 757-824-1344 or visit: