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Star party tomorrow night

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park for a special “star viewing party” tomorrow night (Saturday).

The event starts at 8:45 p.m. in the Paradise Inn lobby.

There will be a 30-minute indoor presentation about the “Wilderness of a Dark Sky” and the National Park Service Natural Lightscapes program.

The star party will move outside next to the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise for star viewing that will begin at 10 p.m.

If the sky remains clear, the event will last until midnight.

If weather makes star-gazing impossible, the party will move inside the lobby of the Paradise Inn for a question and answer session with astronomers.

The outdoor star gazing will be facilitated by the 2014 Mount Rainier astro-volunteer team. Multiple telescopes and astronomers will be available to help the public enjoy views of the dark skies above the park.

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