clouds over Milky Way


Pogue Creek Canyon sign
Pogue Creek Canyon S.N.A.

International Dark Sky Week begins April 22, 2017.  Join us at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area on that date for a star party! Astronomers will have telescopes set up in the astronomy field for people to view various celestial objects.  Bring sturdy shoes and a red flashlight.

Why Dark Sky?

Dark Sky sign
Pickett Dark Sky Project

International Dark Sky Week was created in 2003 by then-high school student Jennifer Barlow. In her words, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.” International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it.

The Astronomy Field at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area has been designated an official Dark Sky Place, and is the only one within 150 miles of Cookeville.

Members can sign up for this photo field trip and find more detailed information on the members’ site.