The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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Quadrantids


The Quadtrantid Meteor Shower comes to a peak this week - morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 3. 

Where can I view the Geminids?

We are getting a lot of questions about where people can go to view the Geminids.

We do have our regularly scheduled Telescope Night on Thursday, Dec 13 (Cleck on "Events" above) - the shower will be underway at that point so you might catch a few early ones.

A Guide to Outer Space Surveillance!

Pedro sent us an iteresting link for

Introducing myself

Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Greg Munker, I'm from Lake Hiawatha and i'm very new to Astronomy. I'm thinking about joining you all to learn some more and to have some fun.

Largest Sky Map Revealed: An Animated Flight Through the Universe

Largest Sky Map Revealed: An Animated Flight Through the Universe. The first public data release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. Led by Berkeley Lab scientists, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's BOSS is bigger than all other spectroscopic surveys combined for measuring the universe's large-scale structure.

Sun July 6, 2012

El Sol

Here's a photo of the sun.  I had an impossible time finding a perfect focus.  I used a Celestron SP-C6 telescope and an Olympus C-4040Zoom.  I was very impressed with the Thousand Oaks Solar Filter.  The RG film is great.  I used to use Roger Tutthill's solar filter.  Oaks is a more natural color instead of blue.

Kearney School Star Night

Kearney School would like to reschedule a star night for next week. If anyone is available to particiapete pleae email me at lamichel@verizon.net

 

Thank you,

Lori Michel

TRANSIT OF VENUS

The upcoming Transit of Venus is getting a lot of press - if you are looking to purchase a solar filter or "eclipse shades" to view the event you are unfortunately too late and out of luck. All the vendors we've seen are sold out or backlogged until after the transit (largely due to the big solar eclipse that was visible out west a few weeks ago).

Reading Under The Stars Night - Clifton School Number Four

Here a bunch of thank you letters NJAG received after helping School Four of Clifton, NJ with an astronomy night.  They are fantastic.