The Perseids are coming! The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is mid-August! Meteors can be observed any time during the month of August, but some of the best viewing will be on this weekend. As the Earth intersects with the orbit of dust particles left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle in 1992, visitors will flock to Cherry Springs State Park for a view of the spectacular results. Watch the meteors streak across the sky as you listen to myths and stories surrounding historical beliefs about shooting stars and the constellations.
Join us at Cherry Spring State Park to take in the splendor of a gold-rated International Dark Skies Park. Those interested in experiencing a more personalized, small group telescope tour of the night sky can join North Star Outdoor Guides for a private telescope tour of the night sky. Participants in this program will be guaranteed ample telescope time without long waits; includes a discussion of the importance of dark skies, a laser guided tour of various constellations, and telescope viewing. Objects which may be viewed include planets, nebulae, red giants, globular clusters, galaxies, and binary star systems.
Group Size: max. capacity 16, not including children age 5 and under
Fee: $20/person (includes a $3 non-refundable processing fee); Children (age 5 and under) Free
** (Pre-payment is required and can be made by following the link provided in the email you will receive after completing program registration)
Bring: Chairs, bug spray, and a small red flashlight. Red cellophane to cover the lens is available at the kiosk by the restrooms at the entrance to the Public Viewing Field. (ONLY RED LIGHTS ARE ALLOWED ON THE VIEWING FIELD.)
Dress: Dress warmly for cooler than anticipated night temperatures. The field is at higher elevation and exposed.
COVID-19 Regulations: Participants over the age of 2 are required by law to wear masks when within 6ft of a non-family members unless there is a medical exemption. Guests must be seated socially distanced from those not living under the same roof by 6ft. When viewing though the telescope we ask that you use the provided disposable safety glasses.
Registration Required - Registration will open 45 days prior to class when possible and close at 3pm 2 days prior to class (or when full). You may put your name on a waitlist if class is full.
*Payment must be pre-paid to complete your registration, or your registration will be removed. *
The program will be cancelled in the event of rain or overcast skies.
Weather Policy: If weather or predicted overcast skies result in us having to cancel the program you will receive a refund minus the $3.00 non-refundable processing fee. (You will receive email notification of any decision to cancel the program in its entirety by 3:30 pm the day before the event) We will do our best to utilize weather forecasts and the Cherry Springs Clear Dark Skies Chart (http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/ChrSprPkPAkey.html) to pre-determine if a program will be possible. However, due to the fickle-nature of weather our best-made efforts may be thwarted, and the sky may be overcast during your scheduled tour. In the event your guide is unable to show you at least 3 deep sky objects you will receive a 50% refund. If preferred, you can opt to receive a coupon, valued at the fee you paid, to be used towards a future program (good for two years) in lieu of a partial refund.
Participant Cancellations: If you choose to cancel your reservation before 3pm, two days prior to the event you will be refunded minus the $3.00/participant, non-refundable processing fee. No refunds are given for no shows or cancellations by the participant after 3pm, two days prior to the event.
Questions? Contact Wild Asaph Outfitters home of North Star Outdoor Guides at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-724-5155
Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 8:45pm to 10:15pm
Cherry Springs State Park
4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915