Notes from CAC Star Party Event

On September 24, 2022 we held our second Star Party astronomical event with the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) at the Town of Kent Town Center. The MHAA folks were wonderful and we extend a BIG Thank-You to them for bringing their telescopes and knowledge. Without a doubt, the big highlight was the surprise viewing of a rocket lifting through the atmosphere in the Southern sky. We lucked out to catch a view of the SpaceX Falcon9 rocket lifting mission SL4-35, a Starlink mission installing 52 new Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit (about 550km above the surface of the Earth).

View of SpaceX Falcon9 rocket launch in the Southern sky

In addition to our surprise viewing of the SpaceX rocket launch, the MHAA team helped folks see such astronomical features as Jupiter (currently the brightest object in the sky), Saturn, Andromeda, and “E.T.”, an unnamed constellation that does look a bit like E.T. We had a great evening!

Conservation Advisory Committee Star Gazing Party

Come see the universe with the Town of Kent CAC and Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association!

When:

Saturday, September 24, 2022, starting at 6:30 PM

Plan to arrive before sunset to get to know the CAC and the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association along with their equipment, as well as get situated with the ground surface while enjoying some cider and donuts before it gets dark.

Where:

Town of Kent Town Center
25 Sybil’s Crossing
Kent Lakes, NY 10512

Join the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) for an evening of stargazing and viewing far away objects in space through MHAA’s member telescopes. If conditions are good, MHAA members should be able to give you good views of planets and more – Star Clusters, Nebulae, even distant Galaxies. The Moon will be at its most desirable for viewing. A “Naked-Eye Star Walk” will also be presented by an MHAA member using a green laser pointer to guide you through some of the more common constellations and asterisms as well as point out anything interesting that you can find either by eye or easily with a manual telescope.

While it is still warm weather, we are in Autumn now.  Please be certain to dress for the weather! Our advice is to dress as if you plan on the temperature being (at least) 10-15 degrees COOLER than you think it will be.

The Kent Conservation Foundation (thekcf.org) will provide cider donuts and apple cider for free!  Thank you to our donors for helping with this event.

During this event please be mindful that we will be observing dim objects in the dark.  We ask that you do not use any white lights (flashlights, etc.) near the telescopes. Red lights (ex., a LED headlamp with a red light or red LED flashlight) work great for seeing around the ground and where you are walking while preserving night vision for everyone viewing the night sky.

Bring your curiosity, your questions, and even your own telescope or binoculars if you wish.

For updates on this event or information regarding possible postponement or cancellation due to weather, please check back here at this web page, look for us on our Facebook page, the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee, or call 914 671 2764.  

Annual CAC hike to Hawk Rock and the old Mead Farm Ruins

When: *CANCELLED* Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 11AM

Location: Meet at the DEP parking area for the Hawk Rock/Tom Morgan Trailhead at the end of Whangtown Road

Join the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee for our annual hike to one of the town’s most interesting landmarks, Hawk Rock.

When the glaciers retreated northward at the end of the last ice age they left behind many large boulders that many times settled in interesting positions as the ice melted, looking almost like they were placed there. One of these glacial erratics is known as Hawk Rock. This glacial erratic is in the shape of a hawk’s wing when viewed from the correct angle and has a carving of a turtle. Local lore has it that long ago the Native Americans used the site as a meeting place and gave this huge rock its name. It is certainly a believable story; the setting is beautiful and it’s one impressive rock.

The land where the Hawk Rock/Tom Morgan Trail and this glacial erratic sits is part of the New York City watershed and is open for recreational use. Horse Pound Brook skirts the Hawk Rock trail, drains the wooded valley, and adds to New York City’s water supply. Along the way wildflowers and birdlife are abundant and old farm ruins tell the story of the Town of Kent in another time.

The Hawk Rock trail is blazed and marked, which was an Eagle Scout project completed by one of our local boy scouts from Carmel Troop #1. This is a moderate hike of about 3 miles that takes 3-4 hours round trip, including a lunch stop at Hawk Rock. Wear proper hiking boots or shoes and be prepared for some moderate slope, mud, and rocks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Call 914-671-2764 for info.

Spring Woodcock Walk

Drawing of an American woodcock sitting on an oak leaf

Naturalists from the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee (KCAC) and the Kent Conservation Foundation (KCF) will lead a walk through the Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area at 190 Cornwall Hill Road, Patterson, NY to enjoy spring delights – bird songs in the meadow at dusk, warm breezes, earthy scents and the chance to witness the bizarre, intricate and impressive mating flight of the American Woodcock, a small game bird that welcomes spring with a dance at dusk. 

Come learn about this extraordinary behavior and how to identify the sounds of this amazing bird. 

This is a short walk. We are walking from the parking area at 190 Cornwall Hill Road into the field and that is about it. Very suitable for most people to attend!

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

Location: Parking for this WMA is located at 190 Cornwall Hill Road, Patterson, NY 12563

Check the website (www.kentcac.info) or our Facebook page at Kent Conservation Advisory Committee for weather cancelation.  

Town of Kent CAC is Hosting a “Star Party”

UPDATED – Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 5:30PM

NOTE:  Due to inclement weather coming in on Saturday, this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 5:30PM.

Join the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee and the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) for an evening of stargazing and viewing far away objects in space through MHAA’s member telescopes. If conditions are good, MHAA members should be able to give you good views of planets and more – Star Clusters, Nebulae, even distant Galaxies. The Moon will be at its most desirable for viewing. A “Naked-Eye Star Walk” will also be presented by a MHAA member using a green laser pointer to guide you through some of the more common constellations and asterisms as well as point out anything interesting that you can find either by eye or easily with a manual telescope.

Please be certain to dress for the weather! Dress like you plan on the temperature being (at least) 20 degrees COLDER than you think it will be. You might bring something warm to drink (hot chocolate!) and an additional blanket.

During this event please be mindful that we will be observing dim objects in the dark.  We ask that you do not use any white lights (flashlights, etc.) near the telescopes. Red lights (ex., a LED headlamp with a red light or red LED flashlight) work great for seeing around the ground and where you are walking while preserving night vision for everyone viewing the night sky.

Bring your curiosity, your questions and even your own telescope or binoculars if you wish.

Come “See the Universe with your Own Eyes”!

When:

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 5:30PM

Where:

Town of Kent Town Center
25 Sybil’s Crossing
Kent Lakes, NY 10512

For updates on this event or information regarding possible postponement or cancellation due to weather, please check back here at this web page, look us up at the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee Facebook page or call 914 671 2764.  

Program Notebook

Throughout the year individuals and families participate in a number of CAC-sponsored hikes and indoor programs. It’s terrific to get together with old friends, meet new ones and together enjoy our wonderful outdoors or learn about and discuss environmental issues. By browsing these notes on what happened at past CAC events we hope you’ll see what we mean!

If you haven’t joined us for a program yet, we hope to see you at one in the near future. If you were at one and would like to contribute a photo or your own notes on the program, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Dave Ehnebuske (webmaster@kentcac.info).