Join fellow AAVSOers gathering at the Cherry Springs Star Party  in Pennsylvania June 14-17, 2012!
This is the second in our series of traveling star parties, meant as informal, low cost and fun ways for AAVSO members and observers to get together and enjoy the night skies.
AAVSO Membership and Development Director Mike Simonsen  will be on hand to answer all your questions about the AAVSO and generally ensure a good time. On Friday afternoon he will be giving a talk entitled, "Variable Stars, the AAVSO and You"
The American Association of Variable Star Observers has been collecting, analyzing and making variable star data available to the astronomical community for 100 years. Most of this data is supplied by amateur astronomers with back yard telescopes. We will explain variable stars' place in astronomy and astrophysics by answering three questions- What are variable stars? Why are astronomers interested in variable stars? How can you help in the study of variable stars?
Mike will have observing charts, manuals and other AAVSO goodies to hand out, and on Friday evening (weather permitting) he will be leading an observing activity that will allow observers to make their own variable star estimates and to compare their results with Mike and others.
The Cherry Springs State Park offers some of the darkest skies in the East, and is less than a day's drive from places in Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersy, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut. It is also located between the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon  and the Kinzua Bridge State Park, home of the newly opened Kinzua Sky Walk .
Please register soon, as this star party often fills to capacity! If you are planning to attend, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org  so we can put you on our list. We will place a RSVP list on this web page once registrations start to come in.