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Perseid Meteor Shower Weekend, Darling Hill Schedule For 10th, 11th + 12th, And Weather Updates

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

This weekend marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, produced as the Earth passes through minute particles left by Comet Swift–Tuttle. The highest counts are predicted for the night of August 11th, although those in clear conditions may already be observing an increase in shooting stars from the North-East between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

While Darling Hill Observatory is one of the darkest places in CNY for observing the Meteor Shower, any clear, dark conditions will do, so we encourage you to find yourself outside wherever you are at some point this weekend!

Unfortunately, the CNY forecasts for most of this weekend are a bit less than promising, with Sunday the 12th being the best evening (so far) for observing. Our plan is to have Darling Hill open for at least one night this weekend for those interested in attending (and all three nights if the skies are clear). We’ll be posting here by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th, 11th, and 12th with opening announcements.

If attending, consider bringing whatever it is you prefer to place between yourselves and the ground. The best views are straight up, meaning your best orientation is horizontal (and oriented with your feet to the North-East).

Darling Hill Observatory WILL OPEN Tonight (Saturday The 21th) For A “Member And More” Session

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The forecast is just promising enough to warrant an opening for this evening and we have a few small groups that are interested in attending for a session tonight, so we will be opening the observatory for a “Member+” session. As is the policy, these member sessions are open to the public, but our usual sky tours and lectures will not occur, instead providing people opportunities to work on special projects or otherwise observe whatever else is out beyond the “pick hits” of planets and bright clusters (a good chance to practice you skills at observing faint objects).

Will expect to have the gate open by 8:30 p.m. tonight. We hope you can join us!

Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT Open Tonight (Friday The 20th) For The Member Session

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

We are hoping to get at least one session in before the end of July, but tonight is decidedly NOT it. Tomorrow is looking more promising, but the forecasts are not in good agreement as to when any potential clearing will occur. We will announce sometime before 5:00 p.m. tomorrow if anyone will be showing up to open the gates. Stay tuned!

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For July 2012, Advanced Notice About The Perseid Meteor Shower

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophile,

The July 2012 edition of the Astronomical Chronicle is available for download, featuring highlights of the MOST/SAS Transit-Of-Venus session this past June 5th:

2012 July Astronomical Chronicle

The previously-scheduled Summer Seminar has been turned into a Public Viewing Session to coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower, for which we will hope to be open both nights for as long as conditions (and meteor count) will allow. Stay tuned to this page and our facebook group for updates!

Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight For A Group/Public Viewing Session – Saturday, June 23 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The SAS is hosting a group at Darling Hill tonight and are opening the grounds to a general Public Viewing Session. The skies look far more promising tonight than last night and several board and scope-owning members have already planned on attending. The grounds should be open by 8:00 p.m. for those interested in setting up early and exploring the Observatory Grounds.

We hope you can join us!