Tag: Astronomy

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association – Star Party, Jan 24

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The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is throwing a star-gazing party at Lake Taghkanic State Park, on Friday, January 24.

The Society will conduct a telescope, binocular and naked-eye astronomy observing evening at the park. The group and anyone else interested will meet at the West Beach parking lot. All those attending may look through the astronomers’ telescopes and learn to identify stars and constellations.

Dressing for cold weather is highly recommended. If skies are too cloudy, the event will be postponed or canceled and all those registered will be notified.

DATE/TIME: Friday, January 24, 2020 / 5pm

ADMISSION: Free
Pre-registration Required. Visit https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/ to register

LOCATION: Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Route 82
Ancram, 12502

MORE:
www.meetup.com/mhastro/
parks.ny.gov/parks

Call or text Tim Denman at 845-245-5483, for more information.

 

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Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association – Monthly Star Party

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by the members.

RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8pm – 11:30pm

ADMISSION:
Free
RSVP is required. Visit https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/ to register

LOCATION:
Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Route 82
Ancram, 12502

 

MORE:
www.meetup.com/mhastro/
parks.ny.gov/parks

 

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Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association – November Stargazing Party

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The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by MHAA members.

RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. You will be asked to provide your license plate number and make/model car so Park Management and Police have a record of who will be in park after hours.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, November 9, 2018: 7pm

ADMISSION:
Free
RSVP is required. Visit https://www.meetup.com/mhastro/ to register

LOCATION:
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Elizaville, NY 12523

MORE:
www.meetup.com/mhastro/
parks.ny.gov/parks

 

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Stargazing – The Perseids Meteor Shower

The annual Perseids Meteor Shower, which runs from July 17 to August 24, is typically one of the best of the year, and can produce anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors an hour at its peak. The meteors, which are mostly the size of raisons, are historically bright and produce great streaks through the sky. This year’s shower peak will be even more visible because a thin crescent moon should make for dark skies.

The Perseids are produced by the comet, Swift-Tuttle, which was independently discovered by Lewis Swift on July 16, 1862 and by Horace Parnell Tuttle on July 19, 1862. The meteors fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you should be able to see them from anywhere in the sky.

DATES:
Peak – August 12-13, 2018

 

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Free Admission to Any National Park This Saturday

NPFNPF-P60197_14X48_v5.inddNational parks that typically charge entrance fees will be offering free admission this weekend to mark the start of National Park Week.

For one week each April, the National parks join the National Park Foundation (the official charity of America’s national parks), to celebrate America’s treasures. The theme for 2018’s National Park Week is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

DATES:
April 21 through 29, 2018

LOCATIONS:
National Park Parks across the country.
Use the “Find Your Park” locator by clicking here.

 

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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.