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.
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2017
There are approximately 40 attendees for this year’s IDSSP, so there will be plenty of room to spread out if you wish or stay close to a group of friends.
The star party site at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area (JEPC) can accommodate many more, so encourage your friends and fellow club members to join us even if the decision is last minute.
There is an extra charge of $20 at the door (instituted in 2015). Because mail-in registration is closed, pre-orders for food and shirts are no longer accepted. There may also be an opportunity to purchase meals directly from the vendor, but since it’s after the registration deadline, we would encourage you to bring your own food.
The weather is always up for grabs at JEPC. Generally, even under the worst predictions, we always seem to get at least a few hours of observing each night. This is Central Illinois. The weather is always changing. As of today (September 12), The Weather Channel predicts:
Day Description High/Low Precip Wind Humidity
Thu, 9-21 Partly Cloudy 85/59 10% S-13mph 58%
Fri, 9-22 AM Thunderstorms 83/58 50% WSW 12 mph 54%
Sat, 9-23 Sunny 81/58 20% SSW 10mph 52%
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.