Cherry Springs Star Party


Presented by: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

2021 Cherry Springs Star Party Cancelled

3/25/2021:

After much discussion and thought we are sad to say that we have reached the very hard and difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party in the interest of caution and safety for attendees. While the restriction on holding public events has finally been lifted in PA State Parks, we felt it was just too soon to hold a large gathering from multiple states. We were also concerned that parts of the star party which would have to be changed or be modified to account for COVID mitigation plans would have led to this year's party being different or reduced from what we have offered at our previous star parties. We are very sorry to all of you for not being able to hold the party this year, we will miss hosting it and will miss seeing all our attendees this year, but we are planning to return with what we hope will be our usual "full" Cherry Springs Star Party in June of 2022.

We hope to see you all in 2022 for the return of the Cherry Springs Star Party!

Eric Roth

President, Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

FUTURE CHERRY SPRINGS STAR PARTY DATES:

2022: June 2nd - June 5th, 2022

2023: June 15th - June 18th, 2023

2024: June 6th - June 9th, 2024

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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