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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.

Star Party – Tonight, Monday Aug 8 @ 8 pm

UPDATE – VERY successful party.  Miraculously the skies cleared and we saw a number of interesting sights.  We managed to pull Venus and Jupiter out of the murky atmosphere near the horizon, with three of Jupiter’s moons visible.  Mars showed an intense red/orange color and we could perceive some banding on Saturn.  Add in the moon, M57 (ring nebula), M8 (lagoon nebula), albireo (binary), M5 (globular), an Iridium flare, and an ISS pass and we had a great night.  Thanks to all that could come out!

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The APL Astronomy Club will host a star party tonight (Monday August 8th) starting ~ 8 pm.  The weather forecast is not good, but there is a chance we’ll be down to 50% cloud cover by 9 pm and if so we should be able to find some interesting things to look at.

If the weather is actually stormy we will cancel – watch this website for updates!

Where:  On the lawn in front of Building 200 (the new Space Department building on the opposite side of Johns Hopkins Road from the main lobby (Building 1).
B200
Clothing:  Normally you dress as though it were 10 degrees colder than expected to allow for the lack of physical activity and the breeze.

PLEASE – NO FLASHLIGHTS (unless you have red filtered light)