Celebrate the moon landing at Bays Mountain Park

Matthew Lane • Apr 30, 2019 at 7:15 PM

KINGSPORT — Bays Mountain Park wants you to return to the moon.

Now showing in the planetarium through the spring and summer season are two new shows.

The first lets you relive the excitement of the first-ever moon landing in the year of its 50th anniversary. The second showcases the current night sky in our region, highlighting the constellations and planets you might be able to see from your own backyard.

And if that’s not reason enough to visit Bays Mountain, the park will also be celebrating Astronomy Day on May 11.

It’s time to plan a visit to the mountain.


“First & Farthest,” the main feature in the planetarium, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth,” said President John F. Kennedy to Congress on May 25, 1961.

This show covers the Space Race and the Apollo program that would make that goal a reality on July 20, 1969. The show runs approximately 35 minutes and will play through the end of August.

The alternate show for May and June will be “Appalachian Skies — Spring.” This live presentation is about the current night sky, where you’ll learn about the constellations and planets you might be able to see from your own backyard.

This program highlights the Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument, which generates a fiber-optic star field that’s stunning to see. The show runs approximately 35 minutes.


Main show — In May: Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. In June: every day at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with an additional show at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Alternate show — In May: Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. In June: every day at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 per person for non-members, free for members and children under 6.

For more information, visit www.baysmountain.com.