Light coming from the psychedelic Ring Nebula left the nebula around 260 B.C., during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage.
It got here, about 2,280 light years away, and the nebula, one of the most famous interstellar clouds of gas and dust, will be part of Penn Dixie's summer astronomy program at 8 p.m. July 29. Telescopes will focus on two visible planets, Jupiter and Saturn as well as the 40 percent waxing crescent moon, and M57, the Ring Nebula. Once the sky darkens, stargazers can map constellations, including the Summer Triangle, Cassiopeia, Virgo and Scorpius.
Visitors may bring telescopes or use one of the telescopes provided for the evening at the fossil park, 4050 North St., Hamburg. Admission is $4; free for Penn Dixie members.