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News Alert – Illinois Dark Skies Star Party 2020

Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the Illinois Dark Skies Star Party will not be held this year.

There are still COVID-19 restrictions in place at Illinois parks, including Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area. Those rules make it impossible to hold the event as we have in the past. The restrictions impact observing, the protection and security of equipment, camping arrangements, food preparation, and how we interact with one another.

We consider all of you as friends, so this was a reluctant but realistic decision.

We wish you well, and appreciate your interest and loyalty since our very first IDSSP in 2002.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the future, and will begin planning the 2021 Edition of the IDSSP this fall. 

We thank you for your past attendance, and look forward to seeing you next year.

Take care and be healthy. 

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.

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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.


"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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