John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) in Ohio, a project of the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park, was inspired by the vanishing of the night sky. Located within the Hocking Hills State Park—in rural southeastern Ohio—it is one of the few areas left in the state where the night sky can be seen in its near-pristine state. The observatory provides a venue for visitors to the Hocking Hills State Park to experience the night sky through a large telescope and with their eyes. Open areas in the Astronomy Park are accessible 24 hours a day. Brad Hoehne, director of the Park (and longtime member of the Columbus Astronomical Society, http://columbusastronomy.org/) explains that “since we first opened on the first day of summer in 2018, the enthusiasm and support our visitors have shown for JGAP has astounded me. Our Friday and Saturday night programs regularly receive over 200 visitors…”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!