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Illinois Dark Skies Star Party 2021

The Sangamon Astronomical Society is pleased to announce that it plans to hold the Illinois Dark Sky Star Party on October 7 through 10, 2021, under the Bortle 3 skies of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek Fish and Wildlife Area located about 30 miles west of downtown Springfield, IL.  As in years past, there will be plenty of camping space, meals will be served, and we will have featured speakers.  

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

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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