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    Astronomical Society of Nevada

    Looking Up Since 1934.

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    "Our Mission is to encourge, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy and related sciences
    for the education and enlightenment of the general public."

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Meetings, Parties, Memberships

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Monthly Meetings

Share Interests & Discover

Our meetings are fun and informative and open to the public; everyone is welcome. Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM at UNR's amazing Fleischmann Planetarium. There's even designated parking.

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Join The ASN!

Get your own cool membership card (good for admission to all ASN sponsored Star Parties, meetings, discounts on Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, exclusive access to the ASN newsletter The Asteroid, plus more!).

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Monthly Star Parties

Come to Our Next Star Party!

Times and locations vary according to seasons, clouds, and weather, but the desert air is often perfect for star gazing, and we have some very powerful telescopes that will impress you, your friends, and family.

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MEETINGS, PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS

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News Satellites
Articles, Reports, Discoveries

NEWS & Announcements

MARCH - APRIL 2019

Global Astronomy Month is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy, brought to you by Astronomy Without Borders. From their Website: "Every year GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, bringing enthusiasts together worldwide to celebrate Astronomers Without Borders' motto: One People, One Sky."

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Earth's Seasons and a text definition of Equinox

MARCH 20, 2019

With the Vernal Equinox, day and night are both equal in length - 12 hours long - and for everyone everywhere, the sun rises due east and sets due west. For Reno, NV, based on the solar, Gregorian calendar (the international standard), the exact moment for the Vernal Equinox will be 2:58 PM PDT. Weather permitting, the night sky will be bright all week.

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Image of a new moon just after zero percent illumination.

March 20 - 24, 2019

In Reno, on March 20th and 21st, the moon is full with 100% visibility; by the 24th, we will see a Waning gibbous with 85% visibility. In the month of March, we say good-bye to winter. The March full moon has several names: Chaste Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Lenten Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon and Worm Moon. What is your favorite name?

Moon Phase Calendar

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History, Research, Recommended Links

EDUCATION & EXPLORATION

Sky and Telescope

Sky & Telescope

Sky & Telescope magazine was founded by Charles A. Federer Jr. and Helen Spence Federer, in 1941. The magazine and Website focus on amateur and professional interests in astronomy, and are packed with information. The site and the magazine help amateur astronomers everywhere connect to one another to share discoveries and the love of astronomy.

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Astronomy

Astronomy Magazine

Astronomy Magazine, founded in 1973 by Steve Walther, is directed at astronomy hobbyists and is the most popular magazine of its kind in the world. The Magazine's companion Website offers astronomy news articles, tips on observing the skies, photo and video galleries, prolific blog threads, a science shopping section, and much more.

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Space Weather

Space Weather

The Space Weather Website (spaceweather.com) is maintained by Dr. Tony Phillips, and offers technical details about the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. On this site you can find information about solar winds, solar flares, sunspots, thermospheric climate, solar radio emissions, current information about the Aurora Oval, and more.

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Fleischmann Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, and serves to educate (and delight) 50,000 visitors a year. The emphasis is on education for enthusiasts of all ages, providing educational shows, presentations and scientific exhibits that correlate with K-12 Next-Generation Science Standards. The Planetarium offers its space for parties, social events, and meetings (Our monthly meetings are held at the Planetarium).

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Dark Site Finder

Dark Site Finder

This website includes a collection of beautiful photographs of the milkay way, meteors, comets, and other amazing sites to see from dark places. Probably the most useful feature is a dark sky map with markers for vantage points, with information about the type of color zone, whether camping is allowed, whether there's an entrance fee, and a short description of place and surroundings. The site also provides a searchable list of dark sites to explore.

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Observing News and Current Celestial Events courtesy of Sky and Telescope
Observing News & Current Celestial Events

Up-to-date articles by Sky & Telescope staff writers and contributers.

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CLEAR SKY CHARTS

Attilla Danko's charts forecast sky clouds, transparency & seeing.

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Dark Sky Map illustration
Dark Sky Map

Regarding light pollution, Nevada is exceptional for its dark skies.

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Astronomers In History

The SVAS has collected biographies of ancient and Renaissance figures.

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Information about telescopes courtesy of SVAS and Wikipedia.
The Sky At A Glance

Weekly Articles by Sky & Telescope's Chief Editor, Alan MacRobert.

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Information about telescopes courtesy of SVAS and Wikipedia.
Telescopes

The Differences between Reflecting, Refracting and Catadioptric Telescopes.

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Get astronomy apps for your favorite devices.
ASTRONOMY APPS

Here's a list of inspiring and informative astronomy apps for your PC, phone, and tablet.

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Astronomical Clock with the philosophers in Prague
WCSD High School Astronomy

Washoe County teachers ask their students some very philosophical questions about the universe.

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Junior astronomer wondering about the vast universe
Junior Astronomers

Have you ever wondered just how many stars are in the sky? And have you learned the names of all the planets?

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Historic Photo of G. Bruce Blair, Walter Hass, Thomas Cave and Charles Federer Jr.
HISTORY OF THE ASN

Founded in 1934, The ASN has a long and interesting history.

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