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Illinois Dark Skies Star Party 2020

We are still on for the Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

Our star party site is secured for the IDSSP, and we hope you will join us.

The very first IDSSP was held in late September in 2002.

This year is our 19th annual event, and we are working to make it a great event.

We are obviously concerned about the current healthcare situation in the United States, but we are optimistic the severity of the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge we will conquer; that our country and the rest of the world will beat it back.

One of the reasons for the success of the IDSSP is the great people, now our good friends, who attend. We want you to stay safe and be well. 

More details will be coming

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

September 17, 18 and 19, 2020

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area

Observer oriented – Dark skies – Great facilities – Fantastic food


Monthly member meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month and begin at 7pm.  Emails are sent to all members prior to a monthly meeting announcing the meeting’s location- we would love to see you there! Fill out a membership form by clicking the link below and mailing it in.

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On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA announced a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station.

The service is designed to only notify users of passes that are high enough in the sky to be easily visible over trees, buildings and other objects on the horizon. NASA’s Johnson Space Center calculates the sighting information several times a week for more than 4,600 locations worldwide. In order to sign up, visit the link below.


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