Spend a night on the beach with family and friends as the NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and partners host the final summer astronomy night from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, August 9, on Assateague Island in Virginia.

Just celebrating the journey to place humans on the Moon in 1969 with Apollo 11, the evening provides the opportunity to bring your family and friends to the beach to explore Earth’s Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Perseid meteor shower.

Astronomy night begins with a presentation in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’s Herbert H. Bateman Visitor Center auditorium at 7:30 and again at 8:00 p.m. Space is limited and the presentation will be held rain or shine.

From 8:30 – 9:45 p.m. join the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation at the north end of beach parking lot 1 for night sky observations through high-powered telescopes. The telescope observations are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Monitor the NASA Visitor Center’s Facebook page for updates.

The event is free and open to the public, however park entrance fees still apply. For entrance fee information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Chincoteague/visit/fees.html. Optional items to bring include binoculars, a red light and insect repellent.

This series is a continued collaboration between Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation, and the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center.