Astronomy event coming to Paynetown rec area

Look at star clusters, planets and other features of the night sky during an astronomy event Oct. 3 at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

Volunteers will have telescopes set up on the beach between 8 and 9 p.m.

Visitors should avoid shining vehicle headlights onto the beach when arriving and departing. Bright lights make it harder to see through telescopes and interfere with visitors’ enjoyment.

The program requires clear or mostly clear skies. It will be canceled if there is too much cloud cover or inclement weather.

If conditions look questionable, call the activity center after 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at 812-837-9967 to check the program status.

The property entrance fee is $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.