The cooler temperatures and the crisp Blue Ridge Mountain air at the Shenandoah National Park…

makes everything appear brighter in the night sky. Stars sparkle with more luster and constellations come into clearer view. It’s no wonder National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution.

As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C, Frank Perfetti shares his story and love for astronomy and aviation. While manning a Discovery Station, Frank shares his experiences having logged more than a half century in flight – with 36 years spent as a professional pilot. Frank has witnessed some amazing beauty and grandeur flying over the country looking out of the big windows on the flight deck.

Presentations are held weekly at the Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge and free to all park visitors. The start time of each program varies and is based on sunset. A jacket is recommended, and a flashlight is helpful. For more information,