Posts Tagged With: Cherry Springs State Park

Watcher of the Skies: Stargazing in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere)

A view of Scorpius over Coudersport, Pa. in August 2015.

A view of Scorpius over Coudersport, Pa. in August 2015.

It was a good summer for stargazing, it seems like. We had a few conjunctions, with different planets (Venus, Jupiter, etc.) dancing fairly close to the moon. Back in July, I got to join the North Jersey Astronomical Group for a moon-viewing party in Verona. And there was a lot of excitement on the astronomy front about the Pluto flyby photos.

But let’s face it, being this close to New York, as I am, your chances at being able to stargaze are a bit limited.

Earlier in the year, I’d had a co-worker tell me about Cherry Springs State Park out in north-central Pennsylvania earlier in the year. Now, a lot of people come to this part of the Keystone State for one reason: stargazing. And we’re talking stargazing as an Olympic-level sport: this part of Pennsylvania has been designated as Dark Sky territory. What that means is, the levels of light pollution from nearby cities and towns are virtually nil.

So that’s what we did out in Pennsylvania in August, in addition to checking out rail trails and state parks. We’d timed the trip so that it would fall around the time of the Perseids meteor shower in early August.

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It’s 2015 – so where are we going hiking this year?

IMG_5438Well, Happy (a few days after the) New Year to you, trail heads – hope 2015 is going all right for everyone.

Today’s posting won’t be a long one – after all, like all of you I’m still transitioning from “holiday mode” back into the normal grind of things.

I’m usually not one to make resolutions (and generally if I do make resolutions, I resolutely do not keep them). But the turning of the calendar has got me thinking about where I want to go hiking this year – and in the process, get more material for this blog (which got off to such a swimming start in 2014).

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