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Bays Mountain Planetarium in Kingsport, TN is a wonderful treat for anyone interested in the study of astronomy.

We visited right after the grand reopening of the planetarium, in March 2009, and were duly impressed! They are still working out a few bugs, but overall, the live Planetarium Theater Show is a phenomenal experience. The gentleman narrating it did a great job, enjoyed answering questions and sharing with the group.

Why study the stars? Well, God placed them in the sky to declare His glory. They help tell HIStory. 

 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1 (entire Psalm below!)

While the Planetarium does not get into the biblical or historical realm of astronomy on the day of our visit, it is good to share that with the kids. Astronomy is a discipline that men have used for navigation, direction and study since the beginning. Can you imagine Christopher Columbus making it across the ocean without stars to guide his path? 

Visiting the Bays Mountain Planetarium will give you a much deeper grasp of how explorers used the stars to navigate. Since we often live in cities and neighborhoods, with the "pink sky at midnight syndrome" we have gotten away from studying the stars. The Planetarium show just might spark that interest in a budding astronomer!

LivingHistorySites.com highly recommends a visit to the Bays Mountain Planetarium when you are in the Tri-Cities, exploring the history of Tennessee! While you are there, don't miss the Nature Center, nature trails, wolf habitat and lake at Bays Mountain - it is a terrific place to visit!

Bays Mountain Planetarium 853 Bays Mountain Road, Kingsport, TN 37660, 423-229-9447

Directions From Johnson City, TN and North Carolina

Take I-26N(old I-181) and exit at Meadowview Parkway, Exit 3(old Exit 52). Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. This road turns into Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

Psalm 19 (New American Standard Bible)
The Works and the Word of God.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
    1The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
         And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
    2Day to day pours forth speech,
         And night to night reveals knowledge.
    3There is no speech, nor are there words;
         Their voice is not heard.
    4Their line has gone out through all the earth,
         And their utterances to the end of the world
         In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
    5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
         It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
    6Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
         And its circuit to the other end of them;
         And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
    7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
         The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
    8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
         The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
    9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
         The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
    10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
        Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
    11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
         In keeping them there is great reward.
    12Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
    13Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
         Let them not rule over me;
         Then I will be blameless,
         And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
    14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
         Be acceptable in Your sight,
         O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.