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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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IDSSP 2017

Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

September 21 – 23, 2017

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area

Observer oriented – Dark skies – Great facilities – Fantastic food

Illinois parks, recreation and wildlife areas are a great location for stargazing and
the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area is one of the best

Click here for registration information.

Monthly Meeting

May 18th SAS Meeting

The next meeting of the Sangamon Astronomical Society will be this Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm at Westminister Church, 533 South Walnut Street, in Springfield.

Probably the meetings from June to September will be at the observatory.  Ray indicated that at this month’s meeting Brian is going to give us an update on the program he’s creating for the solar eclipse preview event for the Williamsville Library.  He said we will also talk about the observatory grounds and the September star party.

Mike Olinger
Sangamon Astronomical Society

Spot The Station

 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.

"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." - Socrates

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