Brower Star Party, Date Changed

Sorry for the surprise, but it is necessary to change the star party originally planned for this weekend (Saturday, July 19, 2014) to next weekend (Saturday, July 26). The party was originally planned to be one week before the new moon, to avoid conflict with next week’s Stellafane convention in Vermont. With none of us . . . → Read More: Brower Star Party, Date Changed

Mechawana Star Party — Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Volunteers are needed for a star party at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine, on the weeknight of Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Mechuwana runs a science camp every summer, for campers of primary and middle school age. This party is guaranteed to occur. If the weather is clear, we’ll bring our telescopes and show them the . . . → Read More: Mechawana Star Party — Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UN-CANCELLED: Today’s Events

We *will* have a star party today! Sorry for the cancellations incorrectly sent earlier. Only the solar viewing is cancelled.



Saturday, June 28, 2014 (posted at 12:30pm)

Here is what is actually happening today:

2:00pm, Professor Bering’s lecture on planetary imaging at the Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast.

9:00pm, Star Party . . . → Read More: UN-CANCELLED: Today’s Events

Galaxy Quest Star Party

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9:00pm (Earlier Setup Welcome)

Time to return to the glorious, coastal hillside with dark skies, clear sight-lines to the horizon’s distant mountains, and the occasional roaming sheep. Yeah, we know: It’s too far to drive, I don’t live nearby, I’ll catch the next party. Bah! Every intrepid traveler who has visited . . . → Read More: Galaxy Quest Star Party

Professor Bering Speaks at Old Professor’s Bookshop

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:00pm — 3:30pm

Conveniently just prior to the preferred date and time for meeting at Galaxy Quest, planetary scientist Edgar A. Bering III discusses “Planets: The Golden Age of Exploration — A Stunning wealth of New Images and Science” at The Old Professor’s Bookshop in nearby Belfast. Learn how planetary scientists . . . → Read More: Professor Bering Speaks at Old Professor’s Bookshop

Viewing the Sun with Solar Telescopes

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Time and Location to Be Announced (Maybe)

After Professor Bering’s talk, and just one week after the Summer Solstice, we hope to gather the clan to observe the Sun. Bring your Hydrogen Alpha, Calcium-K, or white-light solar telescopes, if we can find a place to gather. Better yet, bring just yourselves, . . . → Read More: Viewing the Sun with Solar Telescopes

CMAS Flash Star Party at Bombahook Estates

Flash star party tonight, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Brian Murphy’s House! Arrive after 7:00pm. Note this is *not* one of CMAS’s usual observing sites, but is new to us:

8 Sunrise Drive, Hallowell, ME 04347

Sunrise Drive is in Bombahook Estates, across from the Cohen Senior Center off Town Farm Road. Brian’s is the . . . → Read More: CMAS Flash Star Party at Bombahook Estates

CMAS Brower Star Party — Cancelled

We are canceling this month’s star party, because the weather forecasts are too convincing of clouds all weekend. How we wish we could offer a star party under clear skies, or even the first of the new “iffy” parties under iffy skies, but we can not. Stay home and dream of all the beautiful sights . . . → Read More: CMAS Brower Star Party — Cancelled

New Strategy for Iffy Weather — “Iffy” Star Parties

CMAS introduces a new, additional method of dealing with bad weather, the “iffy” star party. A party will be declared “Iffy” when the weather is too unpredictable to either comfortably host it or cancel it. Everyone will be invited to attend, with the understanding that it may be too cloudy to see anything upon arrival. . . . → Read More: New Strategy for Iffy Weather — “Iffy” Star Parties

Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

On the night of Friday, May 23, with any luck, the world will see the first-ever Camelopardalids Meteor Shower. It is expected to peak at 3:00am on Saturday the 24th, so plan to climb out of bed to see it. “Sky and Telescope” has an excellent article:

Regrettably, it appears that clouds will prevent . . . → Read More: Camelopardalids Meteor Shower