EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2014

Name an Exoplanet

 

The International Astronomical Union needs your help! There are tons of exoplanets that are in need of names and the IAU is looking to us for names. Click here for more information.

Radiant of the Perseid metoer shower. Illustration credit: NASA

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12/13

 

The Perseid Meteor Shower is the most famous of the meteor showers. It is so named because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, near its border with the constellation Cassiopeia.


The peak night to watch these "shooting stars" is August 12 starting at 10:30 PM through the early morning hours of August 13. In 2014, the waning gibbous Moon will rise at around 9:36 PM on the 12th and set at 8:54 AM on the 13th creating bright moonlight during the peak viewing time.

 

If the Moon were not interfering during this peak evening, and if you were under dark skies away from city lights and other sources of light pollution, you could expect to see up to 100 meteors per hour. These meteors are traveling at 37 miles per second! This is not the year to see this many.


Perseid meteors are leftover debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet was first observed in 1862. The Perseid Meteor Shower has been observed since 36 A.D. Catholics refer to the Perseids as the "tears of St. Lawrence" because they fall on and around August 10 which is the Feast of St. Lawrence.


You can view Perseid meteors for several weeks surrounding the peak night. The Earth passes through the debris stream from July 17th until August 24th.

 

To see data from this year's meteor shower, check out the International Meteor Organization.

Hidden Hollow Star Party 

August 21 -24, 2014

Warren Rupp Observatory

 

One of our favorite Ohio Star Parties is Hidden Hollow Star Party.

 

Head on up to the Hidden Hollow Campground (5127 O'Possum Run Rd. Lucas, Ohio 44843,(419)892-2007), home of the Warren Rupp Observatory and the Richland Astronomical Society for a laid back weekend of star gazing, interesting speakers, sun spots, and lots of astro vendors. 

 

Registration is now open!

Black Forest Star Party 

August 22 - 24, 2014

Cherry Springs State Park

 

The Black Forest Star Party (BFSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Held every year since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall at the Cherry Springs State Park (4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA, (814) 435-5010). Head out under the darkest skies in Pennsylvania for some exceptional stargazing.

 

Registration is now open.

Interested in hunting comets?

 

For a wonderful website that follows all the visible comets (including maps on how to find them) click here. Right now, one to watch with a telescope is C/2012 K1 Comet Pan-STARRS (magnitude 9.3) visible in our morning sky within the constellation Canes Venatici. 

Wonder what else we've been up to? Click here.

In The Dark Of The Night

Fall Equinox Celebration

Athens Public Library

September 26, 2014

7 - 9 PM

 

We are happy to be bringing our telescopes and binoculars to the Fall Equinox Celebration at the Athens Public Library (30 Home Street, Athens)! Have a close up look at Mars and Saturn before cooking up some marshmallows over an open fire.

 

This event is weather dependent - rain/clouds cancels.

In The Dark Of The Night

Fall Equinox Celebration

Chauncey Public Library

September 27, 2014

7 - 9 PM

 

We are happy to be bringing our telescopes and binoculars to the Fall Equinox Celebration at the Chauncey Public Library (29 Converse Street, Chauncey)! Have a close up look at Mars and Saturn before cooking up some marshmallows over an open fire.

 

This event is weather dependent - rain/clouds cancels.

Athens Clear Sky Chart

The Athens Clear Sky Chart is an astronomers forecast. It shows at a glance when, in the next 48 hours, we might expect clear and dark skies for Athens, Ohio. It's is specifically intended for amateur astronomers. 

 

Thanks to Attilla Danko for this widget. 

Most events are held in conjunction with the Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy.