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Stargazing in Ohio: John Glenn Astronomy Park

Stargazing in Ohio: John Glenn Astronomy Park

Launch your curiosity for space exploration in Hocking Hills.

Stargazing in Ohio: John Glenn Astronomy Park

By Meg Berno

Posted On: Jun 27, 2018

In the winding roads of southeastern Ohio, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills invites travelers to find their enthusiasm for science, learning and space exploration.

This attraction was completed in June 2018 by the Friends of Hocking Hills organization. The park was established to highlight the near perfect conditions for viewing the night sky. Hocking Hills remains one of few places left in Ohio where light pollution has been kept at a minimum making it a great place to star gaze.

Credit: The John Glenn Astronomy Park, Facebook

One of the darkest skies available in Ohio and a great place for star-struck photography!


The park is outfitted with an interactive sundial, red lighting to keep light pollution down and large, and a 540-square-foot observatory with a retractable roof and powerful telescopes where visitors can view both stars and planets like never before.

John Glenn Astronomy park is located about one mile from Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center. While you’re in town, check out some of the hiking trails in the area and head to the small town of Logan for a bite to eat!

Comet NEOWISE, Credit: The John Glenn Astronomy Park, Facebook

This year when you visit the park, you might be able to spot Comet NEOWISE, which is one of the few comets visible to the human eye (although some binoculars might be a nice addition to your stargazing).

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