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Stargazing Info

The absence of light pollution and the extreme darkness of the night sky have astronomers proclaiming Cherry Springs to be the best choice in the northeastern United States for amateur stargazing. Cherry Springs State Park offers a large observation field set atop a mountain with a 360-degree view of the sky. Under ideal conditions over 6000 stars can be seen. The Milky Way is seen with uncommon detail and clarity. Stars can be seen all the way to the horizon giving the awesome impression that the sky is literally a carpet of stars. The fields also affords astronomers a ciew of near space objects such as satellites, iridium flares, as well as the planets and moons within our own solar system. Distant galaxies, colorful nebulae, comets, and other deep space objects are often observed and photographed with amazing clarity at Cherry Springs. It has also been the site for observing rarely occurring phenomena such as meteor showers, and the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

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    It is estimated that less than 10 percent of Americans are able to view the night sky in its natural state unimpaired by light pollution. In a typical city only 200-300 stars would be visible on a clear night. In April of 2000, DCNR recognized the importance of the dark night sky as a viable resource and designated Cherry Springs as the first Dark Sky Park.

The National Public Observatory

    The National Public Observatory offers monthly public stargazing programs at Cherry Springs entitled Stars-N-Parks. Programs will be offered during the dark of the moon weekend nights from May through October, weather permitting. Volunteer educators from the National Public Observatory set up telescopes for public use and lecture on the wonders of the night sky. These programs are open to all interested persons and are free of charge. Scheduled program dates are published yearly. Contact the Lyman Run State Park office or the park web site for specific dates and times.

The Black Forest Star Party

    The Black Forest Star Party is an annual stargazing event sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers which is held during one weekend in September. Event activities include a guest lecture series on various astronomy topics, public stargazing sessions, and astronomy equipment vendors. Astronomers also have the opportunity to take advantage of pristine dark skies to observe and photgraph from one of the darkest sky sites in the Eastern United States. Hundreds of astronomers attend this extremely popular even. For more information contact the Lyman Run State Park office (814)-435-5010.

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