2016 Schedule

A printed copy of this schedule and other handouts will be presented to you FREE at the gate when you check in. NOTE: This schedule is not final and may be changed up to the day that the star party begins

Thursday June 2

12:00 Noon - Check-in desk opens. Choice of a camp site on the field is on a first come, first served basis. Large campers and RV’s are requested to camp on the northern end of the observing field.

Caution: The grass on the field may be wet and slippery - don’t get your vehicle stuck.
12:00 Noon - Fox’s Pizza 24-hour food service begins. Food service ends with Sunday breakfast.
Check out their delicious menu, they offer a lot more than pizza, 24 hours a day!

8:40 pm (all times EDT) - Sunset.

9:00 pm - Check-in desk closes for the day.
10:00 pm - Front Gate will be locked.
10:47 pm - Astronomical Twilight ends.

Friday June 3

3:30 am - Astronomical Twilight begins.
5:04 am - Sunrise.
11:00 am - Quiet time ends for sleeping astronomers.
11:00 am - 12:00 Noon - NASA Night Sky Network Solar Talk and Solar Observing - Field below the pavilion, weather permitting.
12:00 Noon - Check-in desk opens.
1:00 - 1:10 pm - Pavilion: Welcome & Announcements - Mike Snider, President, Astronomical Society of Harrisburg
1:15 to 2:00 pm - Jim Davis, ASH - “A virtual tour of the Geopark Ries, a German meteor crater”
2:05 to 2:45 pm - Jason Kendall, AAA of NYC - "The AAA of NY: 90 years of Urban Stargazing and Public Outreach in New York City" (featured astronomy club talk)
2:45 to 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 to 3:45 pm - Larry McHenry, Kiski Astronomers - “The Ferret of Comets”
3:50 - 4:55 pm - Bob Naeye, ASH - “Birth of a New Science: LIGO and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves"
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm - Light Pollution Workshop: Tell us what you are doing.
7:30 - 9:00 - Cloudy Night Astronomy “Jam Session” - to be announced, if weather requires.
8:41 pm - Sunset.
9:00 pm - Check-in desk closes for the day.
10:00 pm - Front gate is locked.
10:49 pm - Astronomical Twilight ends

Saturday June 4

3:30 am - Astronomical Twilight begins.
5:03 am - Sunrise
11:00 am - Quiet time ends for sleeping astronomers.
11:00 am to Noon - Swap Meet - on and near tables along road in front of vendor’s tents
11:00 am - 12:00 Noon - NASA Night Sky Network Solar Talk and Solar Observing - Field below the
pavilion
12:00 Noon - Check-in desk opens. Raffle prizes can be examined and you may start depositing
tickets at the Pavilion.
1:00 - 1:05 pm - Pavilion: Welcome & Announcements, Mike Snider, ASH
1:05 - 1:30 pm - Roxanne Kamin, ASH - “Mt. Wilson, Five guys, the Hooker and Me”
1:40 - 2:30 pm - Chip Harrison, PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources - “Report on Cherry
Springs State Park and the CSSP Dark Sky Fund activities.
2:30 - 2:45 - Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm - Al Nagler, Televue Optics - “Choosing Eyepieces”
3:35-4:30 pm - Steve Conard, Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins - “The LORRI Camera on New
Horizons at Pluto”
4:30 pm - No More Raffle Tickets Can be Placed in the Bins.
5:15 pm - Raffle of Donated Prizes at the Pavilion. (See list of prizes on pages ).
*** To win these prizes you must be present at the raffle ***

6:00 pm - Check-in desk closes for the Star Party
8:00 pm - Public Viewing begins at selected telescopes signed up at registration.
8:41 pm - Sunset
9:00 - 10:00 pm - Cloudy Night Talks, if needed, to be announced.
10:49 pm - Astronomical Twilight ends.
11:00 pm - Public viewing ends.

    TBA - Raffle of door prizes will be held at dusk
    (NOTE: to win these prizes, you must be present at the raffle. Please see full Terms & Conditions here)


Sunday June 5

    12p - Star Party officially ends, those wishing to stay beyond that will be subject to park fees.