Star Counting Party and ‘Emissary’ Screening at Newport State Park

How sharp are your eyes? On Sept. 30 at Newport State Park in Ellison Bay, help is needed for counting stars. Also on the same night is a screening of The Emissary movie.

The Emissary features spectacular footage filmed in Newport State Park. Meet the movie creators before the star counting party. The movie starts at 6:30 pm in the Nature Center on Sept. 30, followed by a short Q&A session with director Tim Erskine.

The star counting party begins at 8:30 pm at Lot 3. The Erskines will set up their telescopes or guests are welcome to bring their own. Laser pointers will be used to indicate the patch of sky people should count stars in, assuming there are no clouds that night. Please remember star party etiquette by minimizing lights, preferably using only red lights when necessary, to preserve everyone’s night vision.

Why count stars? This star count is one of the last measures needed for Newport State Park’s application to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). The park’s officers, with help from Door Peninsula Astronomical Society members, have spent two years documenting just how free Newport’s skies are from light pollution. Parks are classified as silver or gold depending on the criteria they meet.


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