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John Nardacci Jr.
· September 17, 2017
Best spot in western mass to observe! I had a great time up there plan to visit more often!
John A. Sillasen
· May 27, 2017
Been a member since 2000 and a graduate of the Star Watch Program for Volunteering at Public Observing events. A great program, a wonderful place and terrific members and leaders.
Jennifer Daly Spirito
· April 30, 2017
Amazing place to star gaze. I've learned so much since my first introduction to Arunah. Highly recommended
Jonathan Klinkowski
· July 29, 2014
One of the best places to star gaze and nature walk in the area.
Pieces of a bolide that lit up Michigan skies Tuesday night survived their fiery plunge and came to Earth.
The galaxy cluster, featured in a Hubble Space Telescope photo, weighs in at three million billion suns.|By Sydney Pereira
Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes were combined to make a three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula.
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January 10

Hoping John now has a great view of the entire NGC catalog from the other side...

Of course a picture with John wearing a classic AH Days tee shirt.

Sometime when Spring returns to Arunah Hill we'll have a memorial star gazing session.

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | HOLYOKE -- John Davis died Jan. 3, 2018, at the age of 86. He was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, grew up in Winchester, and had lived in Amherst for most of his adult life. He was devoted to
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January 7
After learning that Young had died Saturday at the age of 87, Richard Sanderson quickly remembered John Young’s memorable Springfield visit.

We are sad to announce that longtime local astronomer and Arunah Hill member John Davis has passed away. His knowledge of the night sky was impressive. He will be missed. Rest In Peace John.

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Winter has arrived at Arunah Hill.

This Saturday is our next Arunah Hill Work Party. Just some general cleanup and maybe a little road/trail maintenance are on the agenda as we head into the winter season.

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I want to thank Ray and Sue Burk and Joe Bernabucci for their efforts in helping to repair the summit road after last week’s storm washed out parts of it. It’s much better than it was but there are still some rough spots. We added a few more water bars to prevent some further damage.

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For anyone planning on visiting Arunah Hill this fall, beware the road to the summit is badly rutted in spots from the recent rains. We are going to do some repairs to it this weekend but more work will probably need to be done. Proceed with caution.

This Saturday is our next work party at Arunah Hill. Our main focus will be cleaning up any debris from the recent storm especially on the trails. Perhaps some light work on the road as well.

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Beautiful fall day for a trail walk at Arunah Hill. Photos by Jennifer Daly Spirito and myself.

The mostly clear skies and the Orionid meteor brought several people up to Arunah Hill both Friday and Saturday nights, including a group of grad students from UMass on Friday. We saw a few meteors but for the most part the shower was a bust. Friday the sky cleared out nicely after 1:00 AM and the four of us who remained spent the next 3 hours or so observing with the telescopes we had setup including the Arunah Hill 17.5". Saturday night high clouds wreaked havoc with the observing. We only had a brief 2 hour window of fairly clear skies but overall a nice fall weekend.

Cummington resident Richard Wilbur passed away this week at age 96. His poem "Out Here" captured the spirit of Arunah Hill:

Strangers might wonder why
That big snow-shovel's leaning
Against the house in July....
Has it some cryptic meaning?

It means at least to say
That, here, we needn't be neat
About putting things away,
As on some suburban street.

What's more, by leaning there
The shovel seems to express,
With its rough and ready air,
A boast of ruggedness.

If a stranger said in sport
"I see you're prepared for snow,"
Our shovel might retort
"Out here, you never know."…/n2ZJZF17OJGN1nHQOjU…/story.html

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Richard Wilbur, a former poet laureate of the United States whose elegant verse earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and whose dexterous renderings of the plays of Moliere and Racine set a benchmark for theatrical translation in English, died Saturday night at a Belmont nursing home. He was 96.