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KidsFest 2014!

April 12, 2014

Ohio University

Convocation Center

10 AM - 2 PM


We were delighted to participate in the 27th Annual KidsFest sponsored by Athens County Children Services. Thanks to our Astronomers at the Fest: Travis Milliken, Ken Bowald, Mark Richardson, Steve Bush and Sean McGraw. Pictures from this year's Fest are below thanks to photographers Mark Richardson and Travis Milliken.

Image Credit: Sky and Telescope

Total Lunar Eclipse

April 14-15, 2014


The Moon will plunge into the Earth's shadow on the night of April 14 - 15. This is a late night show that is best viewed from your own backyard. Click here for a nice write up of the event by our friends over at Sky and Telescope.


Attention Astro Photographers: We would love to post your pictures of this event. Send them to


UPDATE: 4.14.14 - 6:19 AM - Tonight's forecast is for clouds, but don't let that get you down. You can still watch the eclipse, live, here.

Appalachia Heritage Luncheon

May 8, 2014

Ohio StatehHouse Atrium

10:30 AM to 1 PM



We are delighted and honored to announce that we have been chosen as an "Appalachian Success Story" by Heritage Ohio. We will be highlighted at the 4th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon at the Statehouse.  This special luncheon is presented by Heritage Ohio and Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area.


The luncheon starts with registration and Statehouse tours at 10:30 AM, followed by lunch and Appalachian Success Stories. To register for this event, click here.


On our nomination, it states:


The Southeast Ohio Astronomical Society started around a kitchen table in 1999, by a group of people concerned about losing the night sky to light pollution. The City of Athens was expanding and the ability to see the stars was diminishing. The group realized that a part of our heritage was being lost - that knowledge of the movement of the Sun, the planets, the stars and constellations was no longer being passed down to this new generation living in a digital age.


The group decided that by holding public events, educating and exciting people, they could 'bring back the night sky'.


Since those early days, they have brought astronomy education to thousands of children and adults each year. You can find them deep in the Wayne National Forest under the darkest skies in Ohio, in libraries from Jackson to Beverly, in schools from Rutland to New Lexington, and in open fields with scouts and home-school groups. They volunteer their knowledge and equipment to educate, excite and inspire, and to 'bring back the night sky'.


Safe Solar Viewing at the Farmers Market

May 10, 2014

10 AM - 1 PM


We will be at the Athens Farmers Market at the Market on State (1002 E. State St., Athens) with our specially equipped solar telecopes. Get a close up view of solar prominences and sunspots!


This is a National Astronomy Day Event.


Clouds/rain cancels.

Interested in hunting comets?


For a wonderful website that follows all the visible comets (including maps on how to find them) click here. The brightest right now is Comet Lovejoy (magnitude 6.6) and all require a telescope or binoculars. 

Open Telescope Night 

May 10, 2014

Ohio University College Green

8 - 10 PM


Join us on the Ohio University College Green as we focus our telescopes and binoculars on the waxing gibbous Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! Feel free to bring out your own astro gear. Set-up is at 7:45 PM.


This is a National Astronomy Day event.


Clouds/rain cancels.

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

Open Telescope Night

June 13, 2013

Lamping Homestead Campground

9 - 11 PM


We will make a return visit to the Lamping Homestead Campground, which is part of the Wayne National Forest, for an Open Telescope Night from 9 - 11 PM on Friday, June 13. We will have several telescopes and binoculars looking at Mars, Jupiter and the Moon.


This event is part of the National Get Outdoors Day programming put on by the Wayne National Forest.


The Lamping Homestead Campground has the darkest skies in the state of Ohio. We fully support their efforts in creating a "Dark Sky Park" and look forward to our next program there. It is definitely worth the trip!


The Lamping Homestead Campground is located on S.R. 537, 2 miles from S.R. 26 (approximatedly 35 miles from Marietta). GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 39 deg 37' 32" / 81 deg 11' 16".

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.