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Star Train

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - James Fahey III
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Great Basin Star Party 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - Tim Stoffel
Submitted by James Fahey III

Great Basin Star Party

At this point, people need to register individually. But we could put something collective together. And certainly, plan to travel together.

(I, Tim Stoffel, typically go out there on Wednesday, stay through Sunday. Rangers are happy to let you come early/stay after.)

 

Unlike Lassen, all observing is done in one place. But there is enough room to set up together. No cars at night, and limited cars during the day. You can leave your 'scopes set up and park staff/other observers supply ample security. This makes taking the 20 inch, or even the 24 inch scope practical. Camp near your 'scope if you would like, and man y folks do. Or camp in a very quiet campsite with a roaring stream running through it.

 

Solar observing and other exhibits are done at the Lehman Caves Visitor's Center. This is where programs are given as well, with the final program before observing done outdoors under the stars. Still fun things going on, even if overcast/raining (and you should come prepared for at least one rainy evening).

 

If you want to go, get your hotel reservation in nearby Baker soon. Not much space in the local hotels.

 

Timba

 

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ASN Meeting August 10, 2021

Saturday, August 7, 2021 - Jim Fahey
Submitted by Danne Polk
ASN will be having its business meeting on August 10 in the circle at the Planetarium on the UNR campus. Social at 6:30 and business meeting at 7PM. Bring your own chair.  
 
items to discuss
1. Solar eclipse 2023 and 2024.
2. Galena Creek Star Party August 13
3. What to do with the 24 and 20 inch telescopes.
4. Future major star parties.
 
Your are among the STARS!
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Markleeville Star Party August 7, 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

MARKLEEVILLE STAR PARTY CANCELED

 

Markleeville Star Party

Saturday August 7,2021

 

            I have a special place in my heart for small town public events.  Markleeville is a tourist fishing town in gold country.  Grover Hot Springs State Park is a short drive away.

            Here are the ways a small town says “Thank You” for supporting their Star Party.

 

  1. The star event is scheduled for Saturday August 7th from 6 PM to 1 AM
  2. Flyers will be similar to those of the 2019 event, but we will add that red filters will be provided for flashlights. Your logo will be on the flyers as before.
  3. Parking for campers will be available on the tarmac viewing area and in the adjacent area under the trees 
  4. Hot dogs or hamburgers will be free to all astronomers.
  5.  Coffee and breakfast rolls will be available for astronomers on Sunday morning at no cost.
  6. We ask that the astronomers bring step stools to help small children see through the telescopes.
  7. Liability Insurance will be purchased by the organizers as was done in 2019

8 The event will be locally advertised through the Chamber of Commerce, Grover State Park, bulletin boards, and on various web sites including Facebook.

  1. We expect at least 150 attendees.
  2. Portable toilets and hand washing stations will be provided.
  3. We ask that one of the astronomers give a brief talk around 8 :30 PM regarding what can be seen in the night sky with the telescopes on site.

 

            Richard says 150 have signed up but just about the WHOLE town showed up last time. Therefore, many telescopes are needed. Camping next to the Airport is the best accommodation we can provide. Remember #4, 5, 6, and 10.  Motels charge their summer fishing rates.

Please check the map below.

 

Call Jim Fahey if you can bring a scope to this DARK SKY community star party. 775-356-0102

 

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Watch the Transit of Mercury

Monday, November 4, 2019

From NASA: The sky will put on a stellar show on Nov. 11, 2019, as Mercury crosses in front of the Sun. From our perspective on Earth, we can only ever see Mercury and Venus cross in front of, or transit, the Sun, so it's a rare event you won't want to miss!

For local viewing: View the Mercury transit at Sparks Marina (west peninsula) on the morning of Monday, November 11, 2019 from 6:50 am to 10:00 am. A solar telescope will be available for safe viewing. The transit is visible beginning at sunrise, about 6:50 am at the Sparks Marina.

Photo Credit: NASA

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The ASN Newsletter

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - Jay Lawson

This page includes links to current and some back issues of the ASN Newsletters. 

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Dark Sky/Light Pollution Map

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

Regarding light pollution, Nevada is exceptional for its dark skies. This light pollution mapping application displays VIIRS/DMSP/World Atlas over Microsoft Bing base layers. 

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Star Parties & Events

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

There are several good lists for Star Parties and other astronomical events. Some are kept up-to-date more than others. Check out these lists.

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Our Amazing Universe

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

Incredible images gathered from many astronomy sites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, the European Southern Observatory, NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more.

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Time & Date Information

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

For many centuries, temporal measurement was considered the work of astronomers.

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