Starfest this Saturday eve at Hopewell Furnace

The Chesmont Astronomical Society is a non-profit amateur astronomy club. They are holding Starfest 2013 at Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site tomorrow, Aug. 10, starting at 7 p.m.

Use this address in your GPS: 2 Mark Bird Lane Elverson, PA 19520

This annual star party includes speakers, door prizes, and a variety of telescopes to observe the night sky. When the sky is darkened, visitors can join society members at their telescopes trained on different types of celestial objects, such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters.

The event is weather dependent, so if it’s cloudy or rainy, it will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11th. Check for updates at www.chesmontastro.org.

The schedule looks like this:

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Astronomy-related presentations
  • 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Dark sky preservation talk
  • 8 to 8:45 p.m.: Guest speaker
  • 8:45 to 9 p.m.: Drawing for telescope prizes
  • 9 to 11 p.m.: Stargazing
The event is free for all ages and free parking is available, but cash donations are appreciated. And there is a chance to win prizes, such as a 102mm Celestron refractor telescope with mount and eyepieces and a 80mm Orion telescope with mount and eyepieces, plus limited quantities of astronomy material.

SRHA to screen documentary about light pollution & loss of night sky

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting a screening of The City Dark, a one-hour feature documentary about the loss of night.  Held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. on July 23 at Montgomery County Community College West Campus Community Room in South Hall.

The program will feature a brief introduction by Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Superintendent Edie Shean Hammond will discuss the ongoing effort to have Hopewell become a Dark Sky Park. Following the film, Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council President Stan Stubbe will speak and answer questions. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

The film is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Learn more.

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