Planetary Star Party Tonight

Tonight, Mars will be about as close to the Earth as we’ll see it in the next few years. That means it will be especially large and bright in the eyepiece. Honestly, if we miss tonight, it will appear about the same for the next few weeks, but it’s fun to see it this near . . . → Read More: Planetary Star Party Tonight

Memorial Day Weekend Star Party

Even though it’s the start of Memorial Day Weekend, we have decided to have a star party this Saturday, June 28, 2016, at Brower Observatory. It will be dark enough to begin observing by 9:00pm, but earlier setup is always welcome. If it’s cloudy on the 28th, the make-up party will be at DRA instead . . . → Read More: Memorial Day Weekend Star Party

Solar Viewing at Bombahook

It’s official! Brian Murphy will be hosting a solar party today, in the afternoon before tonight’s star party, but at his home, not at DRA. Viewing starts at 3:00pm and ends at 5:00pm, leaving time to pack up, get dinner, and head to DRA. Everyone is welcome. Details at the Facebook page created for this . . . → Read More: Solar Viewing at Bombahook



With apologies for the omissions suggesting something were brewing, and for the sudden notice now, the business meeting originally set for tomorrow night (Saturday, April 30, 2016) is postponed, and the star party is moved to DRA. Sorry; it turns out that Colin will unable to attend, . . . → Read More: CMAS Star Party — LOCATION CHANGED


Jacob Gerritsen, host of Galaxy Quest Observatory, remains a committed member of CMAS and a true enthusiast of astronomy; yet, due to welcome if somewhat erratic changes in his schedule, we have had to re-think how we plan for star parties at Galaxy Quest. In short, he can plan for star parties maybe a month . . . → Read More: GALAXY QUEST’S NEW SCHEDULING

Report on Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon

Having been unable to see Aldebaran in the clear sky through any of my optics all day, and with clouds rolling in from the West, Bridgit and I decided not to alter prior plans in the hope of seeing the likely invisible. We would head out for the evening, but stop briefly along the way, . . . → Read More: Report on Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon

Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon

I’ve experimented with using optics for the occultation later this afternoon, and am happy to present my findings for this do-it-yourself observing project for the astronomer at home. The hope is to see a bright star vanish and later reappear in broad daylight. This will not be a feat not of magic, but celestial mechanics. . . . → Read More: Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon

Tarnation! Star Party Cancelled Again!

We’ve been wrong before; but, tarnation! we better not be wrong tonight!

CMAS is canceling tonight’s star party, due to a preponderance of sources predicting clouds, and all predicting ferocious gusts of already high winds.

Also essential for all CMASians to know, the following item has been added to the agenda being prepared for the . . . → Read More: Tarnation! Star Party Cancelled Again!

Errors in Events Sidebar

There is a problem with the “Upcoming Events” sidebar. Dates and times are appearing incorrectly. We’re working at fixing this, and are sorry for the confusion. Correct dates and times are:

  Star Party — Galaxy Quest Observatory, Lincolnville Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:30pm

  Business Meeting —Brower Observatory, North Whitefield Saturday, April 30, 2016; . . . → Read More: Errors in Events Sidebar

Delaying a Decision on Tonight’s Star Party

We are delaying a final decision about canceling or holding tonight’s star party. Expect a decision by mid-afternoon. The Clear Sky Chart currently promises clear skies at Galaxy Quest, yet all other reports warn of clouds.