Free, all-ages stargazing event to be held on Oct. 7
PROSPECT, Ky.- Norton Commons announced today an upcoming evening under the stars at the community’s lakefront amphitheater Oct. 7, as the University of Louisville Rauch Planetarium staff and the Louisville Astronomical Society hold their third annual tour of the universe. The event will offer outdoor stargazing opportunities and tips, and is
completely open to residents and non-residents alike free of charge.
High-powered telescopes will be set up throughout the tiered steps of the amphitheater, providing an interactive all-ages educational event. Dr. Tom Tretter, Director of the UofL Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will be on hand for an exciting presentation about stargazing and a mach speed tour of the universe.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to hold our third night sky viewing party at Norton Commons,” said Dr. Tretter. “The last two years have been a tremendous success, and have allowed us to educate people of all ages about the wonders of the universe. We hope that can have an even bigger turnout this year, so that we can share our love for the stars with the next generation of scientists.”
The Saturday, Oct. 7 free event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. Visitors should pack their own blankets and lawn chairs.
The amphitheater is located at 10920 Meeting Street  in Prospect, KY.
Norton Commons has also donated the cost to bring the Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium, a unique state-of-the-art digital planetarium, directly to students at Norton Commons Elementary in November.
ABOUT NORTON COMMONS:
Norton Commons is Louisville’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development (“TND”). Planned TNDs are the cornerstone of the new urbanism movement, which promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, and vibrant mixed-use communities assembled in an integrated fashion, resulting in a complete community. Norton Commons
sits on almost 600 acres in northeast Jefferson County, Kentucky and is currently home to over 1200 residences, 60+ businesses, 3 schools, and dozens of parks, pools, and green spaces. To learn more about Norton Commons, visit nortoncommons.com or on Twitter @nortoncommonsky. For more information, visit nortoncommons.com or @nortoncommonsky and louisville.edu/planetarium/or @uoflplanetarium.