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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Black Forest Star Party To Offer Public Viewing Night


AND….so can you! The annual Black Forest Star Party, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers, is being held this weekend at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania’s only Dark Sky Preserve and one of the best places in the eastern United States to see the stars. 

The event itself is a pre-registered, pre-paid event, but on Saturday night the club and the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association will be hosting a “Public Viewing Night” from 7 pm until 11 pm. Many of the 500 astronomers attending the star party will be “volunteering” their scopes for the general public to look through and will share their knowledge of the wonders of the galaxy with those who visit. 

Those wishing to participate should park in the public parking lots on the Night Sky Viewing area of the park (north side of Rt. 44), then walk over to the Astronomy Observation Field gate. Members of the Dark Sky Team along with park staff will be there to direct visitors to the volunteering astronomers. 

 It is recommended that you bring a SMALL flashlight with you that team members will cover with red cellophane, as no white light is permitted on the Astronomy Observation Field. It is also recommended that everyone dress very warmly as it gets quite cold at the park after dark and proper footwear should also be worn as the ground is uneven and it also gets very damp. Flip flops should be left at home. Be advised that no pets are permitted at all.

It looks as if the weather is going to be good for Saturday night but in the case of extreme overcast or rain, the visitation will be cancelled. It is recommended that you arrive just before dark so you can get oriented but also to be able to see all the many kinds of telescopes that are on the field. 

Visitors are to be off the field no later than 11:00 pm so that the Astronomers attending the star party can get on with their observing. Please be very cautious of where you walk while visiting as there is optical equipment everywhere as well as extension cords. Adults must be in full control of their children but they are very welcome to attend so they can see the stars through the telescopes as well. There are restrooms on site as well as a food and drink concession.

Hundreds of astronomers have been on the Observation Field since Monday as the nights have been extremely clear and the site of the Milky Way directly overhead and stretching from horizon to horizon, had been spectacular. As the sky darkens early in the evening, visitors will also be able to see many satellites traveling overhead – lit up because they are catching residual sunlight from the sun that has set earlier. An occasional meteor has also been see zipping across the sky leaving a trail of orange or green sparks. 

This is a great opportunity for those who have never been up to the park or even those who have, to see some star views through some very powerful telescopes and to learn about the night sky from astronomers who are visiting the park from all over the United States and Canada.

To check for program cancellation you can call the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010.

# Photo by Terrence Dickenson

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