The cooler temperatures and the crisp Blue Ridge Mountain air at the 4,000-foot elevation in 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.

Amateur astronomer Frank Perfetti will share with you his love for astronomy and aviation. As a volunteer at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., 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, free to all park visitors, are held weekly at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge. Program start times vary based on sunset. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. For more information,