National park in North Dakota to host astronomy festival

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Posted: Sep 07, 2015 2:01 PM

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the city of Medora are hosting an astronomy festival this month.

The park in western North Dakota has scheduled the third annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival for Sept. 11-13.

This year's guest speakers are Craig Howe, who is the director of the South Dakota-based Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Dave Weinrich, the former president of the International Planetarium Society.

Park rangers and astronomers will help festival-goers stargaze with telescopes in the evening at the park's historic Peaceful Valley Ranch.

Daytime attendees will get the chance to build and launch model rockets and attend solar viewing activities. The Discovery Dome at Dickinson State University will also host a number of programs during the festival.

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Online: at www.nps.gov/thro