Mar 13

CoronaVirus Notice!!!

Hi all, As brought up by Paul… thank you Paul! we will be canceling our regularly scheduled March meeting which would have been held this Monday, the 16th. I’m hoping that Paul and Rusty can do their presentations at the April meeting and Ron can do his in May. For our Jens-Wendt open on Saturday… we will hold this unless we get precipitation tomorrow… The Messier Marathon is not cancelled, but as always, pending weather. Clear Skies! Jeff

Jan 19

Lunar Eclipse – January 20-21 2019

Well… the Lunar Eclipse will need to happen without us… We won’t be meeting at the park in Riverdale on Sunday… but don’t forget to take a peek from the warmth of your home! The Lunar event time line is as follows for those of us in the QCA: 8:36 pm Sun, Jan 20 Penumbral Eclipse begins – The Earth’s penumbra starts touching the Moon’s face. 9:33 pm Sun, Jan 20 Partial Eclipse begins – The partial Lunar eclipse starts and the Moon is getting red. 10:41 pm Sun, Jan 20 Total Eclipse begins – The Moon is completely red. 11:12 pm Sun, Jan 20 Maximum Eclipse – The Moon is closest to the center of the Earth’s shadow. 11:43pm Sun, Jan 20 Total Eclipse ends 12:50 am Mon, Jan 21 Partial Eclipse ends 1:48 am Mon, Jan 21 Penumbral Eclipse ends. Thanx!

Aug 13

Perseid Meteor Shower at PVJHS 2018

Excellent event tonight! Thank you to all the Quad City Astronomical Society members that showed up to help! I haven’t counted the signatures in the book, but I’m estimating between 200 and 300 guests attended tonight’s event. I think that’s a record breaker! Folks started arriving around 7:30 PM and like last year, we started packing up shortly after midnight. Along with a few dozen meteors, guests saw the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, and quite a few satellites. Some saw a presentation on spectroscopy, discussed the Perseid event and saw the constellations in Stellarium on a large screen along with a number of DSO pics, and watched the sky via a live AllSky Cam! Great job to all the members, and thank you to all our guests! We’ll do this again next August. Make sure you plan ahead! Clear skies! Jeff

Apr 21

Family Fun Night at the Putnam Museum

Quad Cities Astronomical Society and Popular Astronomy Club participated in Putnam Museum’s Family Fun Night. Hundreds of folks from around the Quad Cities enjoyed solar viewing and interactive experiences including tours of the night sky in the Putnam’s Stardome and making your own comet!

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