Welcome to everyone interested in the skies above!!

The East Central Minnesota Astronomy Club is dedicated to outreach, education, and hands-on learning experiences for everyone. We are a collective group of astronomy enthusiasts with all levels of experience, from seasoned observers to absolute beginners. Our interests in the sky include solar, planetary, lunar, and deep space object observation. We invite you to come out and join us, and share in the wonders above.

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. Sarah Williams, poet (1837-1868)

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Beautiful Afternoon For Some Safe Solar Viewing

The downtown Safe Solar viewing event was a wonderful success.  Nearly 100 people came by on their way to the County Fair and took in a filtered,  telescopic view of the sun with its one sunspot and numerous individuals tried on the safe solar viewing glasses which allow direct visualization of the sun.   Many resources were given away and  the event was something that we will definitely plan on doing again.  Follow our events on the NASA Night Sky Network calendar on the bottom of this blog's homepage.

Get out and see the Perseid Meteor Shower

This year's annual Perseid meteor shower is supposed to peak on the 13/14 of August.  This year should be good for seeing more meteors due to the moon being only a waning crescent at that time.  The best time to view any meteor shower is in the pre-dawn hours because the side of the earth rotating towards the sun will scoop up more meteors.  The 2009 shower peaked with 170 meteors per hour, and most years the average is approximately 60 meteors per hour.  So get out your bug spray, grab a reclining lawn chair and get out there and start tallying!  Good luck.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Solar Observing in downtown Mora

Come out and enjoy views of the sun on Thursday, July 19 at James M. Williams DDS office, across the street from the fairgrounds beginning at 5:00PM.  Telescopic views of the sun will be provided pending reasonably clear skies.  Additional educational tools will be on-hand as well as hand-outs and giveaways.
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East Central Minnesota Astronomy Club Event Calendar from the Night Sky Network.