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

by Hopewell Furnace NHS

Aug 14, 2019
Telescope view of the moon

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is happy to announce 2019 Star Fest program. The free program is in partnership with the Chesmont Astronomical Society. This free event will be held on the grounds of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site August 24, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Rain or cloudy skies may postpone the event to the cloud/rain dates of Sunday, August 25, Saturday August 31 or Sunday, September 1. Within 24 hours of the event, the park’s website will post any changes to the event due to weather.

There will be approximately 20 telescopes set up for use, looking at heavenly objects.

6:00 – Kid’s Corner Educational Activities;

7:00 – Opening comments from Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, ChesMont Astronomical Society and Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council

7:30 – 9:15 Guest Speaker Presentations

Speaker 1:  Rob Cordivari, ChesMont Astronomical Society, “You Are Here,” a look at the size and scale of the Universe

Speaker 2: James Aguirre, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania

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 for purchase. 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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