By Tim Kowols
Interest is growing locally in astronomy thanks to this summer’s solar eclipse. Even though Door County was not in the path of totality, hundreds of residents and visitors took part in viewing the eclipse at the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society’s Stonecipher Center and Everson Observatory on the grounds of Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. John Beck from the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society says interest and attendance usually goes up when newsworthy events occur, and this year has been no exception.
Beck says Newport State Park’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park earlier this year was also instrumental in gaining the interest of those who enjoy looking up to the skies. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host Astronomy Day at its center this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.