Astronomers of Humboldt
The Astronomers of Humboldt ordinarily schedule meetings on the weekend nearest the new moon. Meetings may consist of an observing session or an indoor presentation.
- Saturday February 13. Winter Circle Star Party. We will meet at Kneeland Observatory at 7 pm for an observing session if the weather is good; otherwise we will have an indoor presentation. Check back for any last-minute changes in plans.
Meeting dates and special events for 2016 (check back for details):
- Saturday March 5. Public Observing at Arts Alive.
- Friday March 11 or Saturday March 12. Messier Marathon. Primary weekend. If the weather is not cooperative we will postpone until April 1 or 2.
- Wednesday March 23. Penumbral lunar eclipse. Begins 2:39 am, ends 6:55 am PDT. Slight darkening of the moon; no umbral shadow. Moon sets at 7:26 am.
- Friday April 1 or Saturday April 2. Messier Marathon. Secondary weekend. Held this weekend only if postponed from March 11 or 12.
- Saturday April 9. Regular Monthly Meeting. Possibly cancelled if Messier Marathon was held April 1 or 2.
- Saturday May 7. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Monday May 9. Transit of Mercury. Transit is in progress at local sunrise, 6:05 am PDT. Maximum transit is at 7:57 am, last contact is at 11:42 am.
- Saturday June 4. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday July 2. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday July 30. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Friday August 12. Perseid Meteor Shower.
- Saturday August 27. Extremely close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. At 3 pm PDT the two planets will appear less than 4 arcminutes apart (for comparison, Jupiter and its moon Callisto will be around 7 arcminutes apart). By local sunset at 8 pm Venus and Jupiter will still be less than 9 arcminutes apart.
- Saturday September 3. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday October 1. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday October 29. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday November 26. Regular monthly meeting.
- Saturday December 3. Public Observing at Arts Alive.
Here are links to some west coast star parties: Golden State Star Party [at http://www.goldenstatestarparty.org/], Oregon Star Party [at http://www.oregonstarparty.org/], RTMC Astronomy Expo [at http://www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org/general.html], Brothers Star Party [at http://mbsp.org/], Starry Skies Over Yosemite [at http://www.yosemitepark.com/starry-skies.aspx], Stars Over Yosemite [at http://www.sjaa.net/stars-over-yosemite/], Nightfall Star Party [at http://nightfallstarparty.com/].