The Moon will be less than 24 hours old on April 17. Find a good western horison and look for it after sunset. The Moon will set only 40 minutes after the Sun so it won’t be easy. Binoculars will be a definite plus in finding this very thin crescent.
Our original work party was postponed due to 2.6 inches or rain. Weather permitting, we’ll hold a work party on Saturday January 20 from around noon till 5 or so (if that long). We need to fight back the wilderness, as always, and install a new security gate in the front building to separate the storage room from the bathrooms. If you have tools to assist in these endeavors, please bring them. If there is any doubt about the weather, check via the email list before committing yourself.
The Mid-South Star Gaze is the annual star party held at Rainwater Observatory in April. It is a weekend gathering of amateur astronomers who come to share, listen to outside speakers, and observe together. Astronomers come from all over the Southeast United States to join in on the fun. The highlight of this year’s event will be the dedication of the Sangre telescope facility with its 25.5″ research telescope and control room.
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