Recently, Cherry Springs State Park and our Star Party were on local TV with our own Doug Grove! Here is the link to the broadcast!
Observing a solar eclipse is an exciting experience. The last total eclipse viewable from the entire contiguous United States was in 1918. More recently was in 1979, but only viewed in totality in 5 states in the Pacific Northwest. The path of totality of a solar eclipse over the contiguous United States is rare to say the least. The path of totality for the upcoming eclipse on August 21st, 2017 crosses the country from the northwest to the southeast, allowing for many opportunities to view the eclipse in totality. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not in that path. For this reason the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg will be closed on Monday August 21st, 2017 so that it's members may have the opportunity to travel to sites along this eclipse's path of totality. Viewing the partial eclipse can be done from any place the sun is in view and can be a pleasurable experience if done correctly. Please remember that looking directly at the Sun can be EXTREMELY dangerous. Please wear glasses specifically designed for solar viewing and if using a telescope or binoculars only use filters approved for solar observing.
For the Central PA area, there will be about 77% eclipsed and will start at 1:17pm and be at the maximum at 2:41pm. It will end at 3:59pm.
This is from our club VP who got it from some friends at the Winter Star Party. Unknow author, but it is Funny
The Ten Commandments for Amateur Astronomers
I: Thou shalt have no white light before thee, behind thee, or to the side of thee whilst sharing the night sky with thy fellow stargazers.
II: Thou shalt not love thy telescope more than thy spouse or thy children; as much as, maybe, but not more.
III: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's telescope, unless it exceeds in aperture or electronics twice that of thy wildest dreams.
IV: Thou shalt not read "Astronomy" or "Sky & Telescope" on company time, for thine employer makes it possible to continue thine astronomical hobby.
V: Thou shalt have at least two telescopes so as to keep thy spouse interested when the same accompanies thee under the night sky or on eclipse expeditions to strange lands where exotic wild animals doth roam freely.
VI: Thou shalt not allow either thy sons or thy daughters to get married during the Holy Days of Starfest.
VII: Thou shalt not reveal to thy spouse the true cost of thy telescope collection; only the individual components and that shall be done with great infrequency.
VIII: Thou shalt not buy thy spouse any lenses, filters, dew shields, maps, charts, or any other necessities for Christmas, anniversaries, or birthdays unless thy spouse needs them for their own telescope.
IX: Thou shalt not deceive thy spouse into thinking that ye are taking them for a romantic Saturday night drive when indeed thou art heading for a dark sky site.
X: Thou shalt not store thy telescope in thy living room, dining room, or bedroom, lest thou be sleeping with it full time.
Our next annual Star Party is scheduled for June 14-17, 2018. See the Star Party website for more detail.
Our 2017 Public Observing schedule is now posted! See the Public Observing page for the dates!
The August 2017 Celestial Calendar is now available. Please click here or follow the link in the menu to the left.
Cherry Springs Star Party on Video!
Here are several videos for the Cherry Springs Star Party:
The Weather Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-hAc3n5ROw
Weather World (PCN-TV / PSU): http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~j2n/wxyz_Jun0111_CherrySpringsStarParty.mp4
The General monthly Meeting of ASH is now on a Lunar schedule! Here are the dates for 2017:
Our meetings are always open to the public! So come over to the ASH Observatory, located in Lewisberry, PA!
The regularly scheduled meeting will be held on the dates shown above at 7:30 pm and goes to 9:30 pm.
October - March:
Harrisburg Community College (HACC) in the Blocker Hall building first floor room 128.
Note: the doors will be only be open from 7pm to 7:25pm! Visitors are welcome!
May - September:
Naylor Observatory, 670 Observatory Drive, Lewisberry, PA 17339
Excutive Board Meetings:
The Excutive Board meetings are held at Naylor Observatory or elsewhere as announced by the President or Executive Board.
The Excutive Board meets at 10:00 AM and goes until 12 PM on the Saturaday dates listed below. The meeting is open to All members.
The primary objective of this society shall be to promote the interest, education and advancement of its members in amateur (observational) astronomy. The Society also considers as important the education of the public in astronomy, astronomical research, space exploration, the fight against light pollution and other areas of interest that are closely related to astronomy.
The August 2017 Newsletter is now available to the members. Please login to access the Newsletter.