Monday, August 3, 2015

Starfest Set for this Weekend (Weather Permitting)

This year's "Starfest" stargazing event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8 (or on Sunday, Aug., 9 if it rains.)

This extremely cool event, which will be held the weekend of Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 if the weather refuses to cooperate, is brought to you by the Chesmont Astronomical Society.

It will be held at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, which has an official address of 2 Bird Lane, Elverson, but is off Route 345.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. and will run through 11:30 p.m.
The program will feature speakers, astronomy presentations, and activities for kids. 

 Public viewing of the wonders of the Milky Way will be available through more than twenty amateur and high-end telescopes. 

 Admission and parking is free. Donations are greatly appreciated and needed to support the event.

Here is the schedule:
  • 5:30 -- Gates Open
  • 6 to 7 --  Kids Corner Educational Activities.
  • 7 to 7:30 -- Opening Remarks from Chesmont Astronomical Society President Dan Acker
  • 7:35 to 8:15 -- Darker Skies, Brighter Stars - Vacation Adventures from Dark Places, Dr. Robert Werkman, ChesMont Astronomical Society
  • 8:20 to 9:15 Keynote Speaker – Peter Detterline - Boyertown Area Senior High. his talk will focus on his newly appointed position as Astronomy Ambassador to Chile.
  • 9:15 -- Drawing of the Grand Prize followed by Public stargazing through Amateur Telescopes. 
After that, its time to look at the stars.

More information about the program is available by calling Hopewell at 610-582-8773, ext. 0, or visiting the Chesmont Astronomical Society website at

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