Starlight Astronomy Club Web Site

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Next Meeting: Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM,  Penn-Mont Academy, Hollidaysburg

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Welcome to the Starlight Astronomy Club web site, hosted by the Web Space Outlet in State College, Pa.

 

 

Public Sky Watch

  September 21, 2018 
  8:30 - 11:00 pm  
Canoe Creek State Park
(Rain Date: Saturday).
This is the last public event at Canoe Creek for the year

 

Updated for 2018: Plan your observing schedule around New and Full Moons

Download Sky & Telescope's monthly sky tour Podcast for your MP3 player

 

The address for the club's e-mail list-server is astroclub@alt3.com.

The club runs a Yahoo! chat group at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/starlightastronomy/

Bill, one of our more active members, maintains a help page for the club.  It's address is
http://webpages.charter.net/paastroman/grouphelp.html

 

Celestial Almanac

Evening Events Morning Events


Aug 17   Venus at greatest eastern elongation,
                46 degrees from the Sun

Sep 1    Venus 1.2 degrees east of Spica
Sep 7    Neptune at opposition
Sep 21  Astronomy Sky Watch @ Canoe Creek SP
Sep 22  Earth at autumnal equinox 9:54 p.m. EDT
                Fall begins

Oct 23   Uranus at opposition

Nov 6    Mercury at greatest eastern elongation,
                23 degrees from the Sun

Dec 4    Earliest end of evening twilight
Dec 7    Earliest sunset
             Neptune 0.3 degrees southwest of Mars
Dec 21  Earth at winter solstice, 5:23 p.m. EST
                Winter begins
             Shortest day of the year, 9h 20m


Oct 26   Venus at inferior conjunction, 
                 6 degrees south of the Sun

Nov 14   Venus 1.2 degrees southeast of Spica

Dec 15   Mercury at greatest western elongation,
                21 degrees from the Sun
Dec 21   Mercury 0.9 degrees north of Jupiter
                (use binoculars)

   

 


The table of New and Full Moons now includes the approximate time of sunset for your planning purposes.

 

   

When was the last time you viewed an Iridium Flare?

The Iridium satellites provide voice and data communications for users around the globe.  Each is equipped with 3 door-sized aluminum antennae protected by a highly reflective layer of silver-coated Teflon. When sunlight reflects off of one of these antennae, we see what has come to be known as an Iridium flare.  Flares range in brightness from magnitude +1 (as bright as Antares or Deneb) to magnitude  8.4 (dozens of times brighter than Venus).  The brightest flares are even visible in daytime!
Planning to view one of these glints is very easy thanks to Chris Peat's excellent satellite-prediction website, Heavens-Above.  First, enter your location.  Then click the Iridium flares link under the Satellites menu.  You'll be directed to a page listing Iridium satellite passes for the coming week. The date and time, brightness, altitude, and direction are shown.  Click on the date link for an easy-to-use sky map showing the satellite's arc across the sky and the time and location of the flare.  You can also fine the location of the flare's center line where it will shine brightest.  Just scroll down below the sky map for a ground track map showing the location of the center line.

 

 

Wanted: A Little Common (Sky) Sense

When it comes to things astronomical, why do so many people with no knowledge of the sky try to figure things out for themselves and come to the wrong conclusions?   Read more

 

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The Starlight Astronomy Club at their January 15, 2015 meeting.

 

Welcome to the Starlight Astronomy Club.  We are based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, with members active from the surrounding counties of south-central Pennsylvania.  You're welcome to join us and get involved as we continue to build the organization.  It's an exciting project.

Meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of the month at Penn-Mont Academy in Hollidaysburg.  (See the schedule.)  Public sky watches are conducted on the Friday evenings after the club meeting (typically, but not always, on the third Friday of the month) from April through October at Canoe Creek State Park.  (See the schedule.)  Cloud dates are the following Saturday evening.

Anyone with an  interest in astronomy is invited to become active in the Starlight Astronomy Club.  Even if you are just getting started in amateur astronomy or if your interest is only casual, you'll find that we're a group which is open to beginners.  (Our group has many members who are just getting started.)  Families are welcome!

One of the primary benefits of membership in the Starlight Astronomy Club is the opportunity for membership in the Astronomical League.  The League is a national association of affiliated astronomy clubs.  Individual members enjoy the benefits of a quarterly newsletter, access to excellent instructional programs, observing clubs, and opportunities to participate in conferences, symposiums, tours, and expeditions.

Below, you will find a schedule of upcoming events, and on the following pages you'll find our current bylaws, brief instructions for subscribing to our list server, and information on getting  started in amateur astronomy.  Your contribution to the dialog is greatly desired.  We want you to be involved in an organization that you can be proud of. 

 

Key Personnel:

Office Name E-Mail Address
President Tom Kasner  takasner@aol.com
Vice-President Chris Detweiller  cdetweil@msn.com
Secretary/Treasurer Diana Worley  pegasus0416@yahoo.com
   Harold Fultz  HFultzjr@aol.com

 

Upcoming Events:

Subscribe to and monitor the e-mail list server for any announcements of observing plans

Event Date Time Venue
Next Outdoor Activity:

September 21

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.

 

     
Next Meeting:

Thursday
September 20

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg
Next Indoor Activity:

 

 

   
       
Future Meetings June 21

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg 
  July 19

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg
  August 16

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg 
  September 20

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg
  October 18

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg
  November 15

7:00 p.m.

Penn-Mont Academy
Hollidaysburg
       
Public Sky Watches

 April 20

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat. 
 

 May 18

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.
 

 June 22*

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.           *Note: 4th Friday of the month
  July 20

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.
  August 17

8:30-11:00 p.m.

Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.
  September 21 7:00-11:00 p.m. Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat. 
  October 19 6:00-9:00 p.m. Location: Canoe Creek State Park
Rain Date: Sat.

 

NOTICE: Due to numerous abuses, online applications are no longer being accepted!
To join, you may submit an application in person at the next meeting.
(If you insist, you may join online by paying the $100 Online Application Fee
per application submitted within the past year!)

 

 

External Links:

SKY Online
Astronomical League
Heavens Above
Intellicast National Radar Map
Orion Telescope & Binocular Center

 

Discover the cosmos!
Visit the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site.

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

 


Visit the Altoona Clear Sky Chart web site
configured for Altoona, PA

 

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