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Fellow astronomers: Weeks on end dealing with cloudy skies?

And on the rare nights that it _is_ clear, it's too damned cold to be out there. At age 66 with arthritis, it now takes an extremely special event to get me outside in the Canadian winter. Most of my observations are naked eye or binoculars, either through my windows or on very brief excursions out into the cold. "Internet astronomy" keeps me going! Five years ago I could tolerate kneeling in the snow observing winter objects, but now I wait until spring (and catch them just before they set) or stay up late in the fall and catch them in the morning hours.

Can anyone explain the existance of a 7 day week?

Can anyone explain the existance of a 7 day week?

taken from wikipedia: Astronomy

All early cultures were exposed to the night sky. The seven celestial objects visible with the naked eye (that moved in a way that clearly indicated they were not stars) worked their way into the myths and legends of most early cultures. Time was and still is easily measured by celestial events, the spring equinox for example, occurs approximately every 365 days. It was easy to adapt the other 7 objects clearly seen floating about in the sky to measure the passage of time. The Sun, Moon and five visible planets gave their names to the weekly cycle of days.

This pattern lent itself to early religious teachings (Greek mythology for example) for most all knowledge -- astronomy, reading and writing, and most forms of education -- came from religious centers. Two in particular -- astronomy and religion -- often went hand in hand.

From me: I've noticed that several cultures use seven days, in the old testament creation story its a seven day system. However, I think its predominant because the Romans adopted a 7 day system and they were a powerful culture for a long time.

Can you give me information on camping at Cherry Springs State Park?

Can you give me information on camping at Cherry Springs State Park?

Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania. The park is only 48 acres in size. You may want to spend more of your time in Susquehannock State Forest and go backpacking on the Susquehannock Trail.

I agree with you that detailed information about camping at Cherry Springs State Park is limited on the web-site. However, I think that you will learn a lot if you buy a guide to the Susquehannock Trail.

You will not have showers or flush toilets at Cherry Springs, so dispersed camping on the Susquehannock Trail will be about as developed as designated campsites.


The DCNR recommends that people planning to hike the whole Susquehannock Trail System plan for at least a week. While primitive camping and campfires are allowed on almost all state forest land, the Susquehannock Trail System itself has no designated camping areas or shelters.

The Susquehannock Trail Club also publishes a guide to and map of the Susquehannock Trail System, and offers an award for hiking the entire 85-mile trail.

For a map and trail guide, contact Pine Creek Outfitters, 5142 Route 6,Wellsboro, PA 16901, (570) 724-3003, www.pinecrk.com

Contact the Pennsylvania State Forest District #15 Office if you have more questions:


Christian J. Nicholas

3150 E. Second Street

PO Box 673

Coudersport, PA 16915-0673

Tel: 814-274-3600

FAX: 814-274-7459

Email: FD151@pa.gov

Susquehannock State Forest

Find deep silence in the state’s largest roadless area.

North-central Pennsylvania is a world away from Pittsburgh and Philly: It’s home to the state’s largest roadless area and darkest skies. It’s perfect then, that the Susquehannock Trail System, an 85-mile loop, is right in the middle of its deepest reaches. Start from East Fork Road, near the hamlet of Cross Fork and hike five miles to The Pool, a deep 30-foot diameter pond (a local astronomy group’s favorite tent site). Camp, or continue three miles gaining 1,100 feet to a plateau covered in mountain laurel. Then drop 800 feet to the waters of Cross Forks. Keep your ears alert for the slap of beaver tails in dammed areas. Shuttle, retrace your steps, or finish the whole circuit to join the 1,000-plus strong Circuit Hiker Club.

>> Map Guide to the Susquehannock Trail System ($8, see Info)

>> Info (814) 435-2966; stc-hike.org

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