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Star Party: Mercury and Venus

This is our best chance to see the elusive planet Mercury, right after sunset, plus great views of the winter skies surrounding the constellation Orion. Venus will also be visible as it makes its way around the sun, getting closer to Earth each week. Back-up date Feb. 16th. Program for all ages. $6 members; $9 [...]

Star Party: Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Come see the Quadrantids meteor shower, a crescent moon, and winter skies. The area around Orion offers the brightest stars and clusters in the sky. Also, have a close-up look at the moon, and maybe catch a few shooting stars from the Quadrantid meteor shower. Back-up date January 4th. Program for all ages! Cost: $6 members; [...]

By |2019-12-19T14:50:54+00:00January 3rd, 2020|, , , |Comments Off on Star Party: Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Star Party: Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs [...]

By |2019-12-13T14:54:49+00:00December 13th, 2019|, , , |Comments Off on Star Party: Geminid Meteor Shower

Star Party: Rare Mercury Transit!

On this day, a rare transit of Mercury occurs at sunrise. These happen only every few years, and the eastern US is one of the best viewing locations for this one! Come early and watch the tiny black disc of Mercury transit across the sun, using specially-filtered telescopes. SPECIAL EVENT – no cloud date!  Program [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:12:20+00:00November 11th, 2019|, , , , |Comments Off on Star Party: Rare Mercury Transit!

Star Party: The Draconids Meteor Shower

The Draconids meteor shower peaks around this time, although it is not a very “big” shower. We’ll have another great view of the first-quarter moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, and Neptune, plus hello to fall skies. Back-up date Ocotber 5th. Program for all ages. $6 for members; $9 for public. Register for Star Party: The [...]

By |2019-08-20T18:37:56+00:00October 4th, 2019|, , |Comments Off on Star Party: The Draconids Meteor Shower

Star Party: Goodbye Summer Skies

Come take in a view of the first-quarter moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, and Neptune. As the moon sets, we’ll get our last look at the Summer Milky Way.  Program for all ages. $6 for members; $9 for public. Note: The Star Party has been moved to September 7th so we'll have a clear night [...]

By |2019-09-06T20:04:15+00:00September 6th, 2019|, |Comments Off on Star Party: Goodbye Summer Skies

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the year’s best. The near-full moon will interfere with the view of fainter meteors, but brighter ones should still put on a show (we hope!) Also, great views of Jupiter and Saturn, and maybe a look at Venus. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie and watch for [...]

By |2019-08-12T15:42:36+00:00August 12th, 2019|, , , |Comments Off on Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

Star Party: Jupiter and the Milky Way

We will start the program with great views of Jupiter, Saturn, and the waxing quarter moon, then, as it gets darker, turn our sights on the Summer Milky Way, which has some of the densest concentrations of star clusters and nebulae visible to us in the northern hemisphere. Back-up date July 13th. Program for all [...]