The Headlands International Dark Sky Park held the first, annual Northern Michigan Astronomy Club’s Star Party, Friday, August 9. The event ended with the Annual Lights Out Community Challenge to determine which community could achieve the greatest darkness as the Perseid’s meteor shower peaked on August 11. The Mackinac Bridge Authority participated as well by turning off the non-essential bridge cable lights to bring awareness to the effects of artificial light.
During the three-day Star Party, the Headlands hosted more than 4,000 stargazers, which was the largest turnout the Park has had yet since its opening. NOMAC and Headland’s astronomers were on site assisting with telescopic viewing of the sky, answering questions and providing stargazing tips. Featured guest speakers included Dr. Nicolle Zellner, Professor of Physics at Albion College, Dr. David Levy, author and comet/asteroid hunter and discoverer and Lori Rader-Day a Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author. Guests were able to get their hands on meteorite samples which included Lunar and Martian samples and check out the newly published murder mystery, ‘Under A Dark Sky’ which is set at the Park!