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 March 7. Public Observing at Arts Alive. Weather permitting, we will set up scopes at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka, Second and F Streets, between 6 and 9 pm. This will be our last Arts Alive event of the season, before the switch to Daylight Saving Time.
- Friday March 20 or Saturday March 21. Messier Marathon.
The annual Messier Marathon is scheduled for either Friday, March 20, or Saturday March 21.
A last-minute decision will be posted here, based on the
Arrive in time to set up equipment before nightfall.
The location is Kneeland Airport.
Some useful resources for the marathon are: The Messier Marathon, [at http://messier.seds.org/xtra/marathon/marathon.html] which contains a history of Messier Marathons as well as some tables, tips, and links to other resources; The Free Astronomy Software Site, [at http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/tumol.html] which contains The Ultimate Messier Object Log (TUMOL); John Small's Sky Maps, [at http://www.atmob.org/library/member/skymaps_jsmall.html] which contains Telrad charts for all the Messier Objects; and Lenore Freeman Morales's book A Starhopper's Guide to Messier Objects available at Everything in the Universe [at http://www.everythingintheuniv.com/_eiu/new_books.htm#starhopper.
- Saturday April 4. Total Lunar Eclipse. As seen from the West Coast, the Moon enters the Earth's umbra at 03:16 Pacific Standard Time; totality begins at 04:58; mid-eclipse occurs at 05:01; totality ends at 05:03; the Moon leaves the umbra 06:45. The Moon sets at 07:04. No Club meeting is planned; observe from wherever you can see the Moon.
Meeting dates and special events for the rest of 2015 (check back for details):
- Saturday April 18. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday May 16. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday June 13. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday July 18. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Wednesday August 12. Perseid Meteor Shower.
- Saturday August 15. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday September 12. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Sunday September 27. Total Lunar Eclipse. Moon rises rises during totality at 19:02; mid-eclipse 19:47; totality ends 20:23; moon leaves umbra 21:27.
- Saturday October 10. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday November 7. Public Observing at Arts Alive.
- Saturday November 14. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday December 5. Public Observing at Arts Alive.
- Saturday December 12. Regular Monthly Meeting.
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/], Enchanted Skies Star Party [at http://enchantedskies.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], Nightfall Star Party [at http://nightfallstarparty.com/].