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Have You Ever Seen A Galaxy, Star Cluster, or Planet Through a Telescope?

Aug 08, 2018 • by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Telescope view of the moon

Now You Can! Join Us for the 2018 Star Fest at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is happy to announce the 2018 Star Fest program. 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 on August 11, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Rain or cloudy skies may postpone the event to Sunday, August 12, Saturday, August 18th or Sunday, August 19th.

There will be approximately 20 telescopes set up for use, looking at heavenly objects throughout the night sky. There will be several activities and 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;

7:30 – Special Guest James Aguirre, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania;

8:15 – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, Franklin Institute Science Museum

9:15 – Grand Door Prize Awarded

9:30 to 11:30 – Night Sky Observations

Parking 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 by calling Hopewell Furnace NHS at 610-582-8773, through the National Park Service: and the Chesmont Astronomical Society at

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves and interprets an early American industrial landscape and community. Showcasing an iron making community and its surrounding countryside, Hopewell Furnace was active from 1771 to 1883. The park’s facilities are currently open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Hopewell Furnace is located five miles south of Birdsboro, PA, off of Route 345. Admission to the park is free. For more information, stop by the park’s visitor center, call 610-582-8773, or visit the park’s web site at

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