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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cherry Springs Star Party This Weekend

VISIT A "STAR PARTY"

by Maxine Harrison, Director
Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH) will be hosting the annual Cherry Springs Star Party on Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1st.

This 4 day event allows astronomers to get together for stargazing as well as hear a wide variety of speakers discussing aspects of astronomy, astrophotography and space topics. There will also be many astronomy equipment vendors on site selling their wares.

Although this event is fee-based and requires registration with ASH, there will be a Public Viewing night on Saturday, May 31.

On this night many of the participating astronomers have volunteered their time and telescopes so that the general public can come out to the park and see some of the wonders of the night sky. This is a great opportunity to see all kinds of astronomy equipment and to view the night sky through a variety of different scopes of varying magnitude.

The event begins a 8:00 pm and concludes at 11:00 pm. Anyone wishing to visit with astronomers can park their cars on the north side of the park (where the main public programming occurs) then walk across the road to the Astronomy Observation Field.

It is recommended that everyone bring a flashlight along and Dark Sky Association volunteers will give them some red cellophane to put over their lenses, if they don't already have a red filter on them. No white lights are permitted on the Observation Field, and red filters allow night vision to remain unimpaired.

Each telescope volunteer location will be marked with a green light stick in the grass and a red light stick will be hanging close by the telescope.

The public is reminded that they should ask before looking in any equipment and allow the volunteer to guide them through the wonders of the night sky.

It will still be light enough at 8:00 pm that the public will be able to walk around the field and see the hundreds of different kinds of telescopes that astronomers use. Coming early also allows one's night vision to acclimate as dark approaches.

Cherry Springs State Park...Pennsylvania's First Dark Sky Preserve

...the place to be...for Astronomy!
See you under the Stars!!

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