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Unveiling the Invisible Universe

October 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


For thousands of years, humans observed the light from the night sky with just their eyes.

In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope revolutionized our knowledge of the optical Universe.

In the 20th century, with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above the Earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation from the hot and violent Universe. Not only light, though, can provide information about the Cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays reveal even more.

Recently, detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO experiment of two merging black holes opened a new window into astrophysics.

This program will delve into these different ways we learn about the Cosmos.

The program is followed by a live, brief tour of the current evening sky using our Zeiss ZKP-4 optical star projector. Due to its live nature, and the natural progression of the changing night sky throughout the seasons, each tour will be unique! Learn what fascinating mythological constellations, from Ancient Greece and other cultures, will be easily visible. Marvel at their lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these celestial sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.



October 8, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bays Mountain Park
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660 United States
(423) 229-9447
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A calendar has been created called the This is Kingsport events calendar which will serve as a non-public forum to provide citizens with information about social and organizational gatherings held within the city. The city will disseminate information to the public through this online calendar about social and organizational gatherings which are conducted or promoted by community partners with which the city currently has partnership agreements. Additionally, social or organizational gatherings held on city owned property to which the public at large is invited will be published on this calendar.

Each year the city enters into partnership agreements with multiple community partners some of whom in turn support the city by organizing events or promoting events of members and affiliates. By creating a common source for the dissemination of information about community events the city will be furthering its support of those community partners which in turn support the city. Moreover, the city wishes to and will benefit from highlighting gatherings which will be of benefit and enjoyment to the public.

Community partners may communicate their events or those which they promote to the city which will disseminate the information through the event calendar. Furthermore, the city of Kingsport will publish on the calendar those community events which are held on city property. In order to achieve the city’s goals only those events described herein will be published on the This is Kingsport event calendar which will be curated by city staff.