Cherry Springs Star Party

Presented by: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

Important Star Party update 4/27/20: 2020 CSSP Cancelled!!!

To all registrants and friends of the Cherry Springs Star Party, we appreciate your continued support. The monies raised each year from our star party helps to fund the Naylor Observatory as well as the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg’s Public Outreach programs throughout the year.

However not all news is good news. As much as we were hoping to avoid it, we have made the very hard decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Cherry Springs Star Party. Our friends are dear to us, and we want to do our part to ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end we feel it is necessary to take this step. We will be refunding all registration fees paid for the party. If you registered online via PayPal for the star party we will be refunding that payment through PayPal. If you registered via the mail in form, we will send a refund check by mail.

We are contemplating the possibility of selling special 2020 Cherry Springs Star Party t-shirts as a fundraising effort for the Astronomical Society – if we are able to do this we will put up more information on how to purchase them to this website and on social media.

As amateur astronomers we always look forward to our star party as an opportunity to converse with friends and view the heavens under the pristine dark skies that Cherry Springs offers. We wish everyone good health and we hope to see everyone next June at the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party!

Stay Safe!

Chip Templin , President

Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

Here is the planned design for the logo on the 2020 Cherry Springs Star Party T-shirts and hoodies. They, along with other Star Party merchandise, will be on sale during the party at the Check In tent at the front of the Observing Field - stop by and check them out!


State Park Map

Map of the park, showing the location of the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field where the Cherry Springs Star Party is held.

Cherry Springs State Park - 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915

Cherry Springs State Park was named Pennsylvania's first dark sky park by the DCNR in 2000. The adjoining Cherry Springs Airport, built in 1935, was closed and its land was added to the park in 2006, to expand its stargazing area. On June 11, 2007, the International Dark-Sky Association named it the second "International Dark Sky Park"; under optimum conditions the Milky Way casts a discernible shadow. Cherry Springs has received national press coverage and hosts two star parties a year, which attract hundreds of astronomers. There are regular stargazing and educational programs for the public at the park, and the Woodsmen's Show attracts thousands each summer. Cherry Springs also offers rustic camping, picnic facilities, and trails for mountain biking, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Cherry Springs Clear Sky Chart