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Revised Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 2016-2017 Schedule of Events (Rev. 1)

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The May edition of the Superstition Living magazine had, incorrectly, a notice of a star party on May27th at Lost Dutchman State Park.

I would like to reiterate that the star party for May 27th at Lost Dutchman State Park has been canceled due to the lateness in the season.

My apologies for any confusion.

Thank you,
William Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League

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If you receive an email like the one below, do not click on the included link, labeled "MESSAGE", nor any of the links at the bottom of the email. His email has apparently been hacked and this is a pfishing attempt to get you to yield your logon id and password.

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Meet the Astronomers

 

To our esteemed guests, we've added a page to our website to show our appreciation to the astronomers who host our star parties, especially since you don't get to see them all that well at night.


So, please see this new page at our website: http://supermtnastro.com/the-astronomers
If you place your mouse over any of the photos, it will bring up a brief description/comment about the person.

Most of the photos were culled from our event history, seen here: http://www.pbase.com/supermtnastro/smal_event_history .   

Thank you,
Bill Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League



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Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 2017-2018 Schedule of Events

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

After an exciting summer which witnessed a terrific solar eclipse and a near Earth orbit asteroid fly-by, we in the club are again looking forward to showing off the wonders of the night time skies.

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is pleased to submit to the community its public schedule for the 2017-2018 astronomical observing season.

As in years past, our events will be held on Saturdays, just to keep things simple and make it convenient for everyone. We will alternate, pretty much, between Peralta Trail Elementary School and Lost Dutchman State Park. All events are open to the public but note the Lost Dutchman State Park has a per vehicle entrance fee, unless you have a park pass, which is a bargain in itself. And, the annual pass also gets you access to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as all Arizona State Parks.  You can learn more by visiting: http://azstateparks.com/ 

In addition to the schedule of events that we host, we will also be attending, as guest observers, other star parties here in the east valley, such as the Peralta Trail elementary School and Basis Mesa School Science Nights. Announcements will be sent as those event dates are known.

To facilitate announcing any schedule changes/additions and other information, we will also use the new website, which you can find here: http://supermtnastro.com/
 
Also, we have established an email address to respond to any questions/comments: supermtnastro@... and you can contact us at that address.

Local newspaper editors (CC'ed) are requested to publish a notice prior to each event. If you wish me to send you a request/reminder in advance of each event, just let me know. 
 
We hope to see you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League

Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

Fall is indeed in the air and the outlook for Saturday the 23rd looks invitingly cool. (See https://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Gold+Canyon%2C+AZ )

And, so, on Saturday, Sep 23rd, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The Star Party will be held at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court.
               
For a map with directions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location).
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. 
           
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League 
 
 
 

Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, October 21st, 2017

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

On Saturday, October 21st, we will conduct a regularly scheduled public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (Current schedule attached.) The weather, again, looks very promising for the weekend.  
 
As usual, we will be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot.
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League
 
 
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Weekend Meteors from Halley's Comet

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

Spaceweather.com's take on the Orionid meteor show now underway.

 
 


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Space Weather News for Oct. 20, 2017
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METEORS FROM HALLEY'S COMET: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Last night, NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras detected 23 Orionid fireballs over the USA--a result of comet dust hitting the atmosphere at speeds exceeding 65 km/s (145,000 mph). Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Oct. 21-22 with as many as 25 meteors per hour. Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips and sky maps.

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, November 18, 2017

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

This month, we are back to Peralta Trail Elementary School on Saturday the 18th. 
The Gods appear to be with us again as that night looks promising, albeit a bit chilly in the evening. (See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day )      

And, so, on Saturday, Nov 18th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The Star Party will be held at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that event, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights do not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League

 
 

Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, December 9, 2017

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

On Saturday, December 9th, we will conduct another regularly scheduled public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (Current schedule attached.) The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny, according to the current 10-day forecast seen here:
https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon?cm_ven=localwx_10day   

 
As usual, we will be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot.
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions

Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map with directions and instructions, please visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League
 
 
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Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, January 20, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

On Saturday, January 20, we will conduct another regularly scheduled public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (Current schedule attached.) The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny, but chilly, according to the current 10-day forecast seen here: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon?cm_ven=localwx_10day ;  
 
As usual, we will be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot.
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions

Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map with directions and instructions, please visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 
 
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Star Party Weather Advisory

 

As you may have noticed, the weather for Saturday evening does not bode well.
So, be sure to check the weather before heading out.

Since you are on our email notification list, check your email for a possible cancellation notice.


Bill Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League


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Re: Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, January 20, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

Regrettably, but not surprisingly, we will cancel tonight's star party at Lost Dutchman State Park.

Hope to see you at Peralta Trail Elementary School on Feb. 17th at 7:30pm. 

Bill Shaheen, on behalf of the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, February 17, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The weather again looks promising for the upcoming star party, albeit maybe a little chilly in the evening. (See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day )     

So, on Saturday, Feb 17th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League
 

Public Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park - Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Weather permitting)

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

As loathe as I am to admit it, the star party scheduled for Saturday, March 17 is in doubt, due to the weather forecast for that date. The weather is predicted to be rainy, according to the current 10-day forecast seen here: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon?cm_ven=localwx_10day ;  

The event, however, is normally scheduled for Lost Dutchman State Park from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. (Current schedule attached.) 
 
If cancelled, you will receive a notice later in the week but could be as late as Saturday afternoon. 
You can periodically visit http://supermtnastro.com/  to check on the status.

If held, it will as usual be located in the Saguaro Day Use area parking lot. 
Please see the Map and Directions page here: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions

Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
 
We do ask that visitors park in either the Cholla Day Use area or its Overflow Parking Lot, across the road (see link to map above) and not drive through the telescope observing area, in order to avoid the distraction of headlights. 

Parking in the Saguaro Day Use area, where telescopes will be set-up, is reserved for club members who will be hosting and bringing equipment.
 
State Park staff will be present to assist and direct visitors to the appropriate parking area.
 
Note  - Lost Dutchman State Park assesses a $7 per vehicle entrance fee, except for hosts, presenters and volunteers, unless you have an annual pass, which is good for ALL Arizona State Parks, including Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

You can purchase an annual pass at the park, or visit http://azstateparks.com/ for more information.  
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map with directions and instructions, please visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen                 
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 
 
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Tonight's Star Party Status - we're on

 

In spite of what seems like an hourly change in the weather prognostication, (see here), it looks like we can sneak this episode in before the predicted rain arrives tonight, around 10pm.

It will be partly cloudy for our observing, but, we've dealt with that in the past and had a good time at that, thank you.

So, we looking forward to seeing you this evening, under the stars.

Superstition Mountain Astronomical League
bcc: LDSP Park Staff 

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Public Star Party at Peralta Trail Elementary School - Saturday, April 14, 2018

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The weather forecast does indeed look very promising for the upcoming star party, though maybe a little chilly in the evening. (See https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/az/gold-canyon/85118?cm_ven=localwx_10day )     

So, on Saturday, April 14th, we will host a regularly scheduled public star party at Peralta Trail Elementary School from 8:00 to 10:00pm. This will be our "Season Finale".

For a current status and schedule, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/  (Current schedule attached.)
   
The event will be at the same location as in the past, on the basketball court. But, please park in the school parking lot.
               
For a map with directions and instructions, visit: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-and-directions (Scroll down to the Peralta location). Dress warm, bring something to sit on (we have no seating), and bring a red covered flashlight. (We can help you with that.)
   
The directions to park in the school parking lot are intended for the visiting public. Members bringing equipment may drive through the gate and park in the observing area, i.e., the basketball court. Please arrive before dark.

For those needing handicap access, you may drive through the gate and park on the left, before reaching the observing area on the basketball court. Although, in that case, we do ask that you arrive before dark so your headlights will not pose a distraction.             
 
For further Star Party information and details, see the schedule  here: http://supermtnastro.com/  
 
And, again, for a map and directions, see: http://supermtnastro.com/maps-directions
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you under the stars.
          
William Shaheen
Superstition
Mountain Astronomical League®
 

Peralta Trail Star Party 14-Apr-2018

 

We had a very enjoyable Star Party last night at Peralta Trail Elementary School here in Gold Canyon, under mostly clear and cool skies. Approx. We had ~60 visitors and many gratifying comments. We showed them mainly the Orion Nebula, several star clusters, double stars and a variety of galaxies. Lots of good questions (and even a few good answers). 


Bill Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®


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Superstition Mountain Astronomical League 2018-2019 Schedule of Events

William Shaheen <wjshaheen@...>
 

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is pleased once again to submit to the community its public schedule for the 2018-2019 astronomical observing season. 

We're getting an early start this year (Sept. 1st) with the addition of a new event at Flatiron Community Park in Apache Junction to take advantage of the favorable positioning of several planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Mars).

As in years past, our events will be held on Saturdays, just to keep things simple and make it convenient for everyone. We will alternate, pretty much, between Peralta Trail Elementary School and Lost Dutchman State Park. All listed events are open to the public. Note that the Lost Dutchman State Park has a per vehicle entrance fee, unless you have a park pass, which is a bargain in itself. And, the annual pass also gets you access to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as all Arizona State Parks.  You can learn more by visiting: http://azstateparks.com/ 

In addition to the schedule of events that we host, we will also be attending, as guest observers, other star parties here in the east valley, such as the Peralta Trail elementary School, Basis Mesa School and Wilson Elementary School Science Nights. Announcements will be sent as those event dates are known.

Also new this year, we are planning to have several unscheduled (yet-to-be-scheduled) events, such as Sun Parties (for solar observing) and a couple Moon parties.  To be informed of these “impromptu” happenings, please join our public Notification group by visiting https://groups.io/g/SuperMtnAstro-Notify/join and submitting your email address.

To facilitate announcing any schedule changes/additions and other information, we will also use the new website, which you can find here: http://supermtnastro.com/, which also has a link to join the Notification group.
 
Lastly, we have an email address to respond to any questions/comments: supermtnastro@... and you can contact us at that address.

Local newspaper editors (CC'ed) are requested to publish a notice prior to each event. If you wish me to send you a request/reminder in advance of each event, just let me know. 
 
We hope to see you under the stars.
 
William Shaheen
Superstition Mountain Astronomical League®

The Night Sky This Month - August 2018

 

With the Perseid meteor shower approaching, here's a convenient, monthly newsletter to see what's ahead for any month.
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The Night Sky This Month - August 2018
It's August, arguably the best month of the year for stargazing. The weather gets a little steadier and drier, and the center of the Milky Way, the starriest part of the night sky, lies nearly overhead. And of course, the Perseid meteor shower peaks this month, with the Moon staying mercifully out of the way for the event this year. There are also plenty of planets to see in the evening sky, including Mars, which has just passed opposition and still shines brightly all month. Jupiter and Saturn remain large enough to afford good views with a telescope, and Venus grows ever brighter in the western sky after sunset. Here’s what to see in the night sky this month…
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The Perseid Meteor Shower is Underway

 

Here is another excellent and popular site with all things astro. This newsletter discusses the upcoming meteor (starting tonight) shower in some detail.


Space Weather News for August 6, 2018
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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the shower is not expected to peak until next weekend, NASA all-sky cameras are already detecting dozens of Perseid fireballs every night over the USA. This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially Aug. 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet's debris zone. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

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Above: A Perseid fireball streaks over NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Aug. 5, 2018.
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