Mercury Transit of the Sun, Nov 11, 2019

The JHU/APL Astronomy Club will be holding a viewing event for the upcoming transit of Mercury across the Sun on November 11, 2019.

Location: Same as our star parties – west side of APL campus, outside the security perimeter, next to the Big Dish

Time: The transit starts at approximately 7:30am and lasts until just after 1pm.

mercury transit

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Fall 2019 Friends and Family Star Party

You’re invited to the APL Astronomy Club Fall Star Party!

When: Friday, October 4th, 2019

Time:Telescope setup activities will start around 7:30pm. Feel free to come along that early if you want to learn about the process. Once its dark enough to align the telescopes then the stargazing kicks in and lasts at least until 11PM. Several types of telescopes will be set up, feel free to bring your own or even a pair of binoculars.

The weather forecast is for clear skies. What to see? Well, both Jupiter and Saturn will be up and visible, with the Saturnian rings being very evident and the Galilean Moons of Jupiter viewable, too (and if you stick around for an hour or two you’ll be able to see them shift in their orbits). The Moon will be at first quarter phase and show some nice shadowed mountains and craters along the day/night terminator, and there are a host of nebulae, star clusters, double stars, and even a galaxy or two to view.

Location: The grass plateau adjacent to the 60-foot satellite antenna, outside the security perimeter.

star-party-location

 

Summer 2019 Intern Star Party

You’re invited to the APL Astronomy Club Summer Star Party (with special invite to our summer interns):

When: Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Time: Typically telescope setup activities start at about 8:00PM. Feel free to come along that early if you want to learn about the process. Once its dark enough to align the telescopes then the stargazing kicks in and lasts at least until 11PM. Several types of telescopes will be set up, feel free to bring your own or even a pair of binoculars. We should be able to see four planets if we have clear skies.

Location: The grass plateau adjacent to the 60-foot satellite antenna, outside the security perimeter.

star-party-location

 

Fall 2018 Friends and Family Star Party

You’re invited to the APL Astronomy Club Fall Star Party!

When: Friday, October 12th, 2018

Time: Typically telescope setup activities start at about 6:30PM. Feel free to come along that early if you want to learn about the process. Once its dark enough to align the telescopes then the stargazing kicks in and lasts at least until 10:30PM. Several types of telescopes will be set up, feel free to bring your own or even a pair of binoculars.

Location: The grass plateau adjacent to the 60-foot satellite antenna, outside the security perimeter.

star-party-location

Summer Intern Star Party

You’re invited to the APL Astronomy Club Summer Star Party (with special invite to our summer interns):

When: Friday, July 27th

Time: Typically telescope setup activities start at about 8:00PM. Feel free to come along that early if you want to learn about the process. Once its dark enough to align the telescopes then the stargazing kicks in and lasts at least until 10:30PM. Several types of telescopes will be set up, feel free to bring your own or even a pair of binoculars. We should be able to see four planets if we have clear skies.

Location: The grass plateau adjacent to the 60-foot satellite antenna, outside the security perimeter.

star-party-location

Spring 2018 Friends and Family Star Party

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, April 20th from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Sunset is at 7:50pm and Civil Twilight ends at 8:19pm.  Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier.  We expect to have several types of telescopes set up.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red cellophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.

Moonset: 12:57am EDT, Moon phase: Waning First Quarter ~28% illuminated

Fall 2017 Friends and Family Star Party

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, October 27th from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Sunset is at 6:16pm and Civil Twilight ends at 6:43pm.  Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier.  We expect to have several types of telescopes set up.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.  AS OF 10/25: Forecast is for clear skies!

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red cellophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.

Moonset: 10:35pm EDT, Moon phase: Waxing First Quarter ~25% illuminated

Second Annual Summer Intern Star Party

The APL Astronomy Club’s Summer Intern Star Party will be held Monday evening, July 31st, from 8:00 pm to 10 pm or so, depending on sky conditions [RAIN DATE is Tuesday August 1st].   Sunset is at 8:19 pm.

Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier. Setup will likely commence by 7 pm or so. We expect to have several types of telescopes set up.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

 

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night)

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.

Spring 2017 Friends and Family Star Party

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, April 28th from 7:30 pm to 10 pm or so, depending on sky conditions [RAIN DATE is Friday, May 5th]. Sunset is at 7:57 and Civil Twilight ends at 8:25.  Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier.  Setup will likely commence by 7 pm or so.  We expect to have several types of telescopes set up.

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

 

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red cellophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.

Sunset: 7:57 pm EDT End civil twilight: 8:25 pm EDT

Moonset: ~10:37 pm EDT April 28 Moon phase:  ~8% illuminated

Fall Friends & Family Star Party and Observe the Moon Night!

UPDATE 10/4/16- Now THURSDAY Oct 6 (moved up due to weather forecast)

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on THURSDAY, October 6th from 7 pm to 10 pm or so, depending on sky conditions.  Sunset is at 6:39.  Club members will be setting up telescopes prior to that, so if you are interested in club telescopes or their setup feel free to come earlier.  Setup will likely commence by 6 pm or so.  We expect to have several types of telescopes set up.  We’ll also be focusing on the Moon since the International Observe the Moon night is the following night!

Where: On the lawn by the Big Dish, outside the security fence, on the west side of the main campus.

 

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish
Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

Clothing: dress as if the temperatures will be 10 degrees colder than what the weather prognosticators are calling for! (standing around looking through telescopes is not the most heat-generating activity you can do at night) Hats and hoods are most helpful in keeping warm.

Star gazing (and telescope viewing) is always dependent and contingent upon the weather. Please check back to this post as the date draws near to verify whether or not the star party has been cancelled due to inclement weather (rain or significant cloud cover). We will be putting weather updates here as necessary.

APLers and their friends and families are all invited to attend. Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure, but feel free to bring your own optics if you have them – the more, the merrier!

PLEASE: NO FLASHLIGHTS! (red light or red cellophane covered flashlights would be perfectly fine, though) Also, turn the screen brightness *down* on personal electronics.