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Astronomer Alert: Cherry Springs Park in PA Named Best Place to go Stargazing

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Cherry Springs State Park in The PA Wilds has been named the best place on Earth to go stargazing by the Travel Channel. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees, the 48-acre park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers.

Bring a telescope for an evening of star watching. From May through September, volunteers offer free public stargazing evenings, and guided star tours for novices. Groups gather next to the camping area. Call or go online for camping reservations.

The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking. A single-track mountain bike trail runs 15 miles from the state forest district office at Denton Hill to Patterson Sate Park and continues to Cherry Springs State Park.

Trail maps are available at the Bureau of Forestry and Lyman Run State Park offices. http://www.visitpa.com/pa-biking/cherry-springs-state-park#sthash.bo8gDwlM.dpuf

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Up All Night in DE

Is anyone else out there up and stargazing? I live in suburban northern Delaware, and have been amazed by how much of the meteor shower I have been able to see. I should have been smarter and tried to find out the direction in which they’d move across the sky, but that would have made too much sense. Even without preparation, I’ve decided to assume that six of the 11 objects I observed were meteorites, since they all moved in the same direction. Another four were probably meteorites, they winked out before they moved much. One outlier moved contraflow, so I’m not going to speculate about what that was. I was able to observe all of them with the naked eye, which I thought was amazing. Delaware may mot be very big, but we’re located in the bright light zone which runs from Boston to DC.

As seen from orbit, the nighttime view of the Northeast U.S. reveals a vast wasteland of light pollution stretching from Baltimore and Washington (lower left) to Boston (upper right).NOAA / US Air Force - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/dark-skies-15300-light-pollution-0/#sthash.RdM5tSrp.dpuf

As seen from orbit, the nighttime view of the Northeast U.S. reveals a vast wasteland of light pollution stretching from Baltimore and Washington (lower left) to Boston (upper right).NOAA / US Air Force – See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/dark-skies-15300-light-pollution-0/#sthash.RdM5tSrp.dpuf

If you’re up, get out and watch the lights fall; you’re missing quite a show! If you’re not seeing anything, here is a clear video. Nice to know I saw the real thing!
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/23/us/east-coast-meteor-sightings/index.html


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Meteor Shower Boat Ride Near York, PA

Image Courtesy of York, PA

Image Courtesy of York County, PA

With all the light pollution in the Mid Atlantic Region, it’s tough for stargazers to find a prime viewing spot for astrologic events. Fortunately, folks can head to William Kain Park in the Lake Redman Activity Area for a special boat ride. This may be your chance to witness the best meteor shower in your lifetime.

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Earth will encounter debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR which is predicted to produce up to 200 meteors per hour. The peak will occur around 3:00 a.m. View the show from Lake Redman. You may use a County-owned rowboat, pedal boat, canoe, kayak or your private boat.

Rentals are available, but make reservations in advance. You need to bring your own flashlight for each boat. Floatation devices and rowing implements are furnished. Fees are $30/couple if using a County-owned boat or $20/couple for a private boat. Please register at (717) 840-7440.

From: Saturday 24 May 2014 at 01:30am
To: Saturday 24 May 2014 at 04:30am
http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/events/events-calendar/eventdetail/2063/-/meteor-shower-boat-ride.html
Location : William Kain Park, Lake Redman Activity Area