Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park

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Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park

Located a short drive from the Cabin is The Dark Skies Preserve at Cherry Springs State Park. Unquestionably a national treasure, it is only one of two gold level dark sky parks in the USA On clear nights you will see the sky as you never have before. The Milky Way, The Aurora Borealis, Meteor Showers, Planets, constellations and Astronomy

As a result of it’s exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is the foremost place on the eastern seaboard for stargazing and the science of astronomy, {that is the} study of observation of planets, nebulae, galaxies, stars {along with other} heavenly bodies. A dark night sky is a natural resource, the same as plants, waterways and wildlife. Recognizing that the unique resource had to e} managed and guarded, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources declared Cherry Springs State Park the first Dark Sky Park.

The dark sky experience-a blend of attributes making Cherry Springs State Park perfect for stargazing astronomy.

• The Astronomy Field is located at the top of a 2,300 foot high mountain. The encompassing state forest is actually comparatively undeveloped and nearby communities are typically in valleys, shielding any light that could impact the park.

• The positioning of the park at, 41.6501° north, 77.8164° West, provides a great view of the nucleus of the Milky Way galaxy. • The airspace above the park has little commercial air traffic, making the park perfect for astro-photography.

• The astronomy field offers excellent 360° view of the night sky.

• All lighting in the park is shielded and all of the white light is converted to red.

Come and visit a Star Party. A star party is actually a gathering of amateur astronomers and stargazers. You will find telescopes, guest lectures, camaraderie, astronomy equipment vendors plus an evening of public stargazing.

Cherry Springs Star Party, takes place each June and it’s sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. The Black Forest Star Party, is held during the fall and is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers of State College.
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