Saturday, July 16, 2011

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Interstellar Overdrive

Clear your appointment book, polish up your big glass, and make sure your possibles bag is well stocked. This year's Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs State Park is scheduled for August 26-28, 2011 rain or shine. Our own Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County is one of the finest dark sky locations in the light polluted East Coast for both, amateur and expert, astronomers alike.

The above image of the California Nebula in Perseus, captured by Joe Golias at the 2009 Black Forest Star Party, is just one example of the type of imagery that is available with a fast imaging system from the dark skies in the area around First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Watershed in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Cherry Springs Dark Skies Association

Pennsylvania's Dark Secret

Cherry Springs State Park

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Heavenly View

In the meantime, turn off all the lights, kick back and relax and enjoy some serious mutha-lovin shit. A young David Gilmour and Roger Waters as they were about to embark on the peak of their collective artistic careers. Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii was recorded after the release of Meddle but before they went into the studio to record The Dark Side of the Moon.

iT's A miND sCrAmBLeR.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Syd Barrett

Wish you were here, Syd.