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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cherry Springs Public Stargazing Programs

Public Stargazing Programs at Cherry Springs State Park

June 26, 2009 8:30 pm Evening Walk

Discover your senses and learn how animals use their own to survive in the natural world at night. This program includes a brief walk around the edge of the park so wearing sturdy shoes is recommended. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

June 26, 2009 10:00 pm Night Skies Program-Stargazing with Binoculars Southern Star Clusters

Binoculars are great equipment for stargazing. The park naturalist will demonstrate the best kind to use, and then participants can practice finding night-sky objects that are difficult or impossible to see with the unaided eye. Afterward, participants can search for some southern star clusters near Scorpio the Scorpion. If participants do not own a pair of binoculars they may borrow one from the park.

Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies viewing area.

June 27, 2009 7:00 pm Solar Viewing

Discover why the Sun is so important to life on earth, and then take a closer look at the star through the park’s specially designed solar telescope. Try to find features such as sunspots and prominences. Meet the naturalist in the Night Skies viewing area.

June, 27, 2009 10:00 pm Stars-N-Parks

(Last of Saturn ’09 and the Hercules Star Storm)

Bring the entire family to Cherry Springs, and observe the universe. Offered in partnership with the National Public Observatory (NPO), Stars-n-Parks is Cherry Springs’ longest running program. Join park and NPO staff and volunteers to view the rings of Saturn before the planet sinks out of view for the season, and also stars within the constellation Hercules. It is recommended that visitors arrive about half an hour (1/2 hour) to an hour early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become adapted to the dark.

Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies viewing area.

►For other programs see our calendar of events online at www.visitpaparks.com. If you have a question about Cherry Springs or our programs, please call 814-435-5010.

►In the event of rain or more than 75% cloudy skies, observing programs may be modified and will occur in the park pavilion near the Astronomy Field.

►For your safety, programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

► Dress warmly, Cherry Springs can be cool and breezy, even in summertime.

► Find links to local weather and clear sky predictions at www.visitpaparks.com -under Cherry Springs State Park’s “Weather” link.

►If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities, due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-PARKS (voice), 888-537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY), 800-654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service).

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