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Hopewell Furnace NHS announces special event StarFest

Sep 11, 2017 • by Hopewell Furnace NHS
Telescope view of the moon

Have You Ever Seen A Galaxy, Star Cluster, or Planet Through a Telescope?Now You Can! Join Us for the 2017 Star Fest at Hopewell Furnace NHSHopewell Furnace National Historic Site is happy to announce the program for the 2017 Star Fest. The program is in partnership with the Chesmont Astronomical Society. This free event will be held on the grounds of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site September 16, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Rain or cloudy skies postpone the event to Sunday, September 17. There will be approximately 20 telescopes set up for use, looking at heavenly objects throughout the night sky. There are several speakers in the early evening: 6:00 – Kid’s Corner Educational Activities;7:00 – Josh Wright, President of Chesmont Astronomical Society, will kick off the evening;7:15 – Special guest and avid astronomer Peter Detterline will share his experience of The Great American Eclipse of 20177:45 – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Stephen Leete, Mission Systems Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center, will present a talk “Gravitational Waves:  The Ripples in the Fabric of Space Time caused by the Most Violent and Energetic Processes in the Universe.”8:30 – Night Sky Observations beginParking is available on site. Due to the number of participants, it may require a short walk from the parking area to the observation area. Snacks will be available. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight!Information on the event is available through Hopewell Furnace NHS at 610-582-8773, the park’s website at  www.nps.gov/hofu and the Chesmont Astronomical Society at www.chesmont.org

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