Luckily, many experts will be on hand to help visitors identify all those specks in the sky. Its even more crowded this time of year because of the Perseid meteor shower, which concludes this week, says Parkin. Its possible to see some action -- maybe even some planets and nebulas.
Theres also a hike, inflatable planetariums, and train rides. Plus, wildlife demonstrations highlight some of the nocturnal critters -- like raccoons, possums, and flying squirrels -- that folks might see tonight. Ancient people were totally dependent on the night sky, says Parkin. These days, with all these gadgets, a lot of people dont even look up.
Sat., Aug. 18, 8 p.m.-midnight