Thanks to one and all for a successful 2021 Dark Sky Star Party. The weather could have been better perhaps, but we still had quite a bit of decent seeing. And the camaraderie was fun and instructive, as always.
While the star party is typically held in October, next year’s party is tentatively scheduled for September 22-25, 2022. October’s new moon isn’t until the 25th, and since it might be pretty cold by then, we hope to catch the September 25 new moon instead. Mark your calendars, but note that the date is tentative because we cannnot reserve the campground until January, 2022.
We hope to see you then, and will be in touch when the date is finalized.
Until then, clear skies to all!
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.
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.