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Illinois Dark Skies Star Party is back!

The Sangamon Astronomical Society is the host for the 2021 Illinois Dark Sky Star Party, October 7 through 10, 2021, at Jim Edgar Panther Creek Fish and Wildlife Area located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Springfield, IL.  There will be plenty of camping space, meals to order, special speakers, the Astronomy Bowl, an Astrophotography contest and Swap meet. 

Click here to go directly to our 2021 IDSSP home page to register, see the image adorning this year’s short and long sleeve t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts. You’ll also find the food menu, useful maps for the star party site and more. 

We hope to see all our old friends, and plenty of new ones too.   

The Sangamon Astronomical Society 


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.

SAS Membership Form


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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