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“Upstate NY Stargazing In October” Article Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The latest article in the Upstate NY Stargazing series, “Upstate NY stargazing in October: The Orionids, International Observe the Moon Night,” has just been posted to newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com.

Direct Links: newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com

* Included this month are a reminder/announcement about Kopernik AstroFest 2017 (Oct. 13/14), International Observe the Moon Night on October 28th, and the Orionids:

The Orionids are the most prominent meteor shower in October, but ride near the bottom of the top-10 list of active showers for the year. Observers simply interested in seeing any shooting stars do benefit from the Orionids peaking at a time of year when a number of less significant meteor showers are also active, including one of the Geminids and two Taurids showers. This year, the grouping of active showers around the Orionids peak benefit greatly from the absence of the Moon during the 20th-21st peak.

* With Orion out and about at a reasonable hour, the Orion-star-finder has been brought back from the UNY Stargazing archives:

Caption:Orion can guide you around its neighborhood. Red = belt stars to Sirius and Canis Major; Orange = Rigel and belt center to Castor and Pollux in Gemini; Yellow = Bellatrix and Betelgeuse to Canis Major; Green = Belt stars to Aldebaran and Taurus; Blue = Saiph and Orion’s head to Capella in Auriga. Click for a larger view.

* The pre-sunrise mornings continue to provide excellent planetary viewing of Mars and Venus, with several notable arrangements occurring this month:

Caption:The prominent planetary groupings in the morning sky this month. Click for a larger view.

* And, finally, we finish up the circumpolar constellations with Camelopardalis before going briefly into what circumpolar constellations are in the November article:

Caption: Camelopardalis and its more prominent neighbors. (Image made with Stellarium)

“Upstate NY Stargazing In September” Article Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

With the summer nearly over and long nights replaced by early school bus mornings, the UNY Stargazing series has returned to its regularly-scheduled monthly publishing.

The latest article in the Upstate NY Stargazing series, “Upstate NY stargazing in September: Cassini’s end and morning planet delights,” has just been posted to newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com.

Direct Links: newyorkupstate.com and syracuse.com

The Great American Eclipse for 2017 has come and gone without major reported inconvenience to the cities that ended up hosting large groups. This is good news for Western and Upstate New York, as we will be participants in the observation of totality on April 8, 2024 and have to contend with potential crowds on top of whatever weather early April brings that year. In the meantime, if you still have your eclipse glasses, you can give others an opportunity to enjoy upcoming total eclipses in South America and Asia in 2019. Consider donating your glasses to the great outreach organization Astronomers Without Borders – see the link for all the details.

Caption:The tail end of the August 21st eclipse from Nashville, including sunspot group 2671 at center and sunspot 2672, just clipped by the moon. (Photo by John Giroux)

* It is a busy month for amateur astronomy, with Jupiter getting very close to being un-observable until December (so catch those photons now), Cassini about to take a serious plunge into Saturn, and Mercury, Venus, and Mars doing a wonderful dance in the pre-sunrise skies all month. Try to catch the days shown below (and see the article for more details)!

Caption: The prominent planetary groupings in the morning sky this month. (Image made with Stellarium)

* The constellation of the month is Draco – and with just one more circumpolar constellation to go, we’re two months away from explaining just what that means!

Last Before The Eclipse – “Stargazing In Upstate NY” For August 18 to 25 Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

Observers testing solar glasses at Cazenovia Library on August 16.

This week’s “Stargazing In Upstate New York” article is up at syracuse.com and newyorkupstate.com (and posted a little too late here).

* syracuse.com/outdoors/…see_in_the_night_skies_aug_18_to_25

* newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/…see_in_the_night_skies_aug_18_to_25

Nothing left to do now except wait impatiently for approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon. Below is a final list of scheduled lecture and observing opportunities around Upstate New York for the 21st. As always around here, we can only hope for clear skies!

Solar Eclipse Calendar

Organizer Location Event Date Time Contact Info
Albany Area Amateur Astronomers & Dudley Observatory Schenectady Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 1:22 – 3:56 PM email, website
Cazenovia Public Library Cazenovia Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:15 PM 315-655-9322 website
Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Vestal Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM email, website
Liverpool Public Library Liverpool Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-457-0310 website
Marcellus Free Library Marcellus Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-673-3221 website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM email, website
Onondaga County Libraries Jamesville Lecture & Solar Eclipse @ DeWitt & Jamesville Library Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-446-3578 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Hazard Branch Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-435-5326 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Paine Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-5442 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ White Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-3519 website
Skaneateles Library Skaneateles Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM email, website