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Star Party Tonight (July 11) is ON!

The forecast is for clear skies, temperatures in the low 70's dropping into the 60's, essentially no cloud cover. There will be some humidity so be prepared for a little dew.

The club's 20-inch Obsession telescope (AKA Dobzilla) is scheduled to make its first appearance in at least 3 years. Don't miss it!

Sunset 8:28 pm

Nautical twilight ends 9:46 pm

Astronomical twilight ends 10:34 pm

MARCH 21 STAR PARTY UPDATE!!!

The Star Party this evening, March 21st, is cancelled because of the likelihood of snow cover in the Meadow parking lot and an expectation of substantial cloud cover until at least midnight. The next club event will be our lecture on Friday, April 10th. The next Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th.

The Quaker Ridge outreach event in Scarsdale looks much more promising for Monday evening. If you've signed up to participate, please be there to set up before sunset (7:15)

We Need You! And your telescope for an outreach event.

Scopes are needed for our annual outreach event with the Scarsdale School System's 3rd graders and their families on Monday, March 23rd (rain/cloud date Tuesday March 24th). 

This is one of the great WAA events of the year, with hundreds of enthusastic attendees. We need at least 6 scopes, more are always helpful.

The event takes place at the Quaker Ridge School, on Weaver Street just east of the Hutchinson River Parkway. We set up in the parking lot off of Old Lyme Rd.

Comet Lovejoy is coming!

Comet Lovejoy is now a naked eye object and it's only going to get brighter. Here's a good article from Bad Astronomer Phil Plait on where to find it. 

The moon will be just 36 degrees from the comet on 1/3, but will be getting further away as January progresses, to a distance of 65 degrees on 1/6 and 104 degrees on 1/9. That will improve prospects for photography as well as viewing.

 

 

 

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