John Glenn Astronomy Park Opening Will Coincide With Summer Solstice

Coinciding with the summer solstice, the John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) will open to the public this weekend.

The newest feature in the Hocking Hills honors legendary astronaut John Glenn with a park dedicated to studying the stars. The area is one of the best in the state for viewing the night sky, due to the low light pollution.

“Our star-filled skies join miles and miles of trails, dense forests, stunning rock formations and rushing waterfalls to lure visitors from around the globe,” said Hocking Hills Tourism Association Executive Director Karen Raymore. “The Tourism Association is thrilled to offer one more reason for travelers to visit the region, and a new way for them to experience a natural attraction that has long mesmerized all who visit us overnight.”

The event will kick off on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and viewing the sunset through the summer solstice aperture in the Solar Plaza. Just after sunset at approximately 9:06 p.m., the JGAP team will turn its powerful telescopes toward the moon and Jupiter, which should be shining high in the southern sky.

Programming will run throughout the weekend, with day programs beginning at 5 p.m. and night programs beginning at sunset. For more information about the John Glenn Astronomy Park, please visit

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