EVENTS FOR FALL 2014

Autumnal Equinox

September 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM EDT

Safe Solar Viewing Days and

Open Telescope Nights at the

Paw Paw Festival

September 12 - 14. 2014

Lake Snowden, Albany OH

 

We had a fantastic weekend at the Paw Paw Festival with our telescopes and binoculars. We showed hundreds of folks sun spots and solar prominences during the day and Saturn, Mars, M13 and the Andromeda Galaxy at night. We also had prizes for the young folks who stopped by our booth and played our "What Planet Am I?" game. And some folks on Sunday got the chance to hold an actual meteorite!

 

Thanks to Travis Milliken for organizing our part of this event. And, thanks to our Astronomers at the Fest: Travis, Maryann Hartwick, Steve Bush, Tom O'Grady, Ken Bowald, George Eberts, Andrea Demott and David Carlisle.

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.

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Safe Soalr Viewing at Hocktoberfest

October 4, 2014

Hocking College

Nelsonville, Ohio

1 - 4 PM

 

Steve Bush and Maryann Hartwick will be at Hocktoberfest with their solar telescopes to show folks solar prominences and sunspots - weather permitting.

Total Lunar Eclipse

October 8, 2014

4:45 AM - 7:24 AM EDT

 

Get up a little early and check out the Moon setting while it is in eclipse (as the Sun is rising)! This is an event best witnessed from your own backyard. The total phase of this eclipse starts at 6:25 AM and ends just as the Moon is setting. For the astrophotographers out there, please send in your pictures - we would be happy to post them!

Image courtesy of Sky and Telescope

Partial Solar Eclipse

October 23, 2014

5:47 PM EDT until sunset 

 

This partial solar eclipse will be at its best as the sun is setting at 6:38 EDT. At sunset, the Moon's silhouette will reach 45.7% of the way across the Sun's disk. Remember to protect your eyes while watching the eclipse with a safe solar filter or number 14 welder's glass!


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. 

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.