We had a few too many cloudy/rained-out nights last year, so let’s hope the weather cooperates better this year. If it is completely overcast or rainy, a message saying that the event is cancelled will be posted here. If you’re not sure, check back here to see if it’s cancelled or not.
We will be holding our public stargazing events, as always, at Glacial Lakes State Park. They will be on the second Saturday of each month from April through October. Here is a list of the specific dates for the public stargazing events.
We usually show up within 1/2 hour prior to sunset. For specific times, please check here a day before the event. We’ll post a message when sunset is and about when we’ll show up.
Join us at Glacial Lakes State Park around dusk on Saturday, September 9th for a great evening of viewing planets, binary stars, star clusters and more!
We meet at the Horse Camp in the park. See here for directions.
Spring is right around the corner (actually, it starts at 5:28am tomorrow, Monday March 20th). That means warmer weather (finally!), longer days and stargazing at GLSP!
Our schedule this year won’t be as “regular” as it has been in past years – every 2nd Saturday, for example. So here are the dates for public stargazing at Glacial Lakes State Park:
We’ll be setting up about 1/2 hour before sunset on each day. Check back here for exact times as the dates come up.
Mark your calendars, make reservations for a campsite (or cabin) at GLSP and we’ll see you there!
So far the forecast is looking good for stargazing this Saturday. Let’s hope that holds out.
Mars is in retrograde in Scorpius right now and is still high in the sky in the evening, along with Saturn nearby. They’ve made a great pair to keep an eye on throughout the summer.
The New Moon is Thursday, so it will be just a slight, 5% sliver on Saturday. Unfortunately, the ISS won’t be making a pass over us on the 3rd, but fear not, there will be plenty to look at and learn about.
Sunset is at 7:55 (gettin’ earlier and earlier!), so we will be showing up at the Horse Camp at around 7:30 to start setting up. Come early and feel free to learn about the equipment when you see it better!
We’ve had spotty success being able to hold stargazing events, with the weather and busy schedules this viewing season. But we keep tryin’!
The forecast is (so far) looking promising for this coming Saturday, 6/27. Cross your fingers and keep an eye out here for confirmation of a star party this Saturday!
Unfortunately our busy lives sometimes get in the way of some things we’d like to do more often!
Both John and Mark and their respective families were out of town last Saturday, causing us to cancel the star party at GLSP. Regretfully, that will happen again this coming weekend, Saturday, June 20th.
But fear not, we will be back out there as soon as the weather (and our busy lives) permit!
Keep an eye out here for the next event.
The Clear Sky Chart is looking excellent for clear viewing tonight (Saturday, May 30), so we’ll be holding a star party at our regular location.
Sunset is at 9:02, so we’ll probably be showing up at around 8:30.
It’ll be a little cool tonight, so dress warm.
See you there!
Sorry, people, but we’ve been trumped by the weather again.
We’ll try again next month on our regularly scheduled 3rd Saturday of the month, but keep an eye out here, as we do occasionally hold a star party on an unscheduled Friday or Saturday if we’re available and the skies are good.
That’s the nature of this hobby: we’re at the mercy of the weather.
The forecast for Saturday includes rain and storms, so we’ll be rescheduling the Star Party. Our regular rain-makeup day is the following Saturday, so let’s hope the weather will cooperate next week!
Keep an eye out here for updates.
Join us at the horse camp at Glacial Lakes State Park this Saturday, May 16th for a night of stargazing.
We usually start setting up about 30 mintues before sunset, which will be at 8:47, so we’ll be there around 8:15 to 8:30.
In the case of overcast skies or rain, keep an eye out here for a “rain date” – which will usually be the following Saturday.