It was (in Aug 11/12, 2018) a perfect "storm" of - new moon night, 100% clear skies, Perseid meteor shower night & a Sat. night - so it was very crowded. The star gazing show by one of student astronomers (about 10 mins) is very informative. The telescopes (long, long lines of people) set out for the public showed Jupiter, Saturn & stars in a nebula. The solar scope was not too great during the daytime. In the sky, we could see 100's of stars, 4 planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus) & the Milky Way (like a string of clouds stretching overhead horizon to horizon). Saw a few meteors from the Perseid shower. Since it was 100% clear - it was very, very cold (in the low 30's) !! Must get there by 4:30pm at the latest, else parking fills up & yes, you are indeed turned back. The food in the visitor station's fridge (sandwiches, drinks, etc.) gets sold out pretty soon & you're just left w/ boxes of ramen noodles (which don't run out !). Well worth visiting at least once.
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