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.
Friday March 31 or Saturday April 1. Messier Marathon.
Postponed from March 24 - 25. We will hold the marathon on either
Friday night or Saturday night, depending on the weather forecast. Check back here for a last-minute
decision. If the weather is not cooperative for either night we may hold an indoor meeting on
Saturday April 1 (details will be sent by email). The location for the marathon is
If you go, arrive in time to set up equipment before dark. But before leaving home, check both
weather forecast and the 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://davidpaulgreen.com/free-astronomy-software/] which contains The Ultimate Messier Object Log (TUMOL); John Small's Sky Maps (archived by Custer Observatory), [at http://www.custerobservatory.org/docs/messier2.pdf] 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.
Tentative meeting dates and special events for the rest of 2017 (check back for details):
- Wednesday April 5. Science Night at Morris School. Outreach event beginning at 5:30 pm. Observing of the second quarter moon and/or indoor presentations.
- Saturday April 22. Earth and Space Discovery Day at HSU Natural History Museum. Outreach event, 11 am to 3 pm, including solar observing and solar system and solar eclipse presentations. See poster.
- Saturday April 29. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Friday May 19. Astronomy Day at Kneeland. Outreach event for Kneeland School.
- Tuesday May 23. Astronomy Night in Willow Creek. Outreach event for Creekside Arts and Education Learning Center.
- Saturday May 27. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday June 24. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday July 22. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday August 12. Perseid Meteor Shower.
- Monday August 21. Total Solar Eclipse. Oregon and points East.
- Saturday September 16. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday October 21. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday November 18. Regular Monthly Meeting.
- Saturday December 2. Public Observing at Arts Alive.
- Saturday December 16. Regular Monthly Meeting.
Here are links to some west coast star parties: Brothers Star Party [at http://mbsp.org/], Golden State Star Party [at http://www.goldenstatestarparty.org/], Nightfall Star Party [at http://nightfallstarparty.com/], Oregon Star Party [at http://www.oregonstarparty.org/], RTMC Astronomy Expo [at http://rtmcastronomyexpo.org/], Starry Night Skies Over Yosemite [at http://www.travelyosemite.com/things-to-do/evening-programs/],