See you tonight! Clear skies for the star party at Brower Observatory. Remember, this one starts early, at 6:00pm. Arrive earlier still to set up if you wish.
Winter brings some of the best clear skies of the year. Dress warmly, as one might for ice fishing, still hunting, or snow mobieling, for an uplifting . . . → Read More: Star Party at Brower Observatory Tonight
After all the hype as Comet ISON approached the Sun, there has been comparative silence since. It’s as though nobody wants to report the news. From what I can glean, which may be wrong, ISON was largely, but not completely destroyed in its voyage close to the Sun. After it finally returned to view, it . . . → Read More: Comet ISON Update
Winter is the time for ice fishing, sledding, and some of the year’s best star gazing. Polls of registered members of CMAS show that these parties will be well attended, so fluff your down parka and join us! Our upcoming star parties will be on the weekends of the following Saturdays. Saturday is always the . . . → Read More: December 2013 and January 2014 Star Parties
Winter is such a wonderful time for stargazing. The crisp, cool, steady air; the lack of bugs: It just doesn’t get any better! Then again, in the winter, sometimes the hosts request small armies of shovelers and salters to prepare the grounds for the party. Please bear that in mind when planning afternoons prior to . . . → Read More: Posses for Winter Star Parties
With the unseasonably warm weather and clear skies we’re enjoying this Saturday afternoon (November 2), one might expect tonight to be the perfect night for a star party, but the Clear Sky Chart and many other weather predictions admonish against that. By shortly after nightfall tonight, predictions are for heavy cloud cover with high humidity . . . → Read More: Radio Astronomy Star Party — SUNDAY, November 3, 2013
It appears the Gods of the Clouds intend to block from our view the eclipse of Sunday morning, November 3, 2013. For those who want to be ready in case we may be granted clemency, check out the latest creation of CMAS’s own Michael Kosowsky. His Web site, “Hey, What’s That?” has long been able . . . → Read More: Hey; What’s That? A Partial Eclipse!
The dream is to meet sometime this weekend, November 1, 2, or 3, at 7:00pm at DRA, for our first-ever Radio Astronomy Star Party, but the weather may not cooperate. Friday is too windy for the fragile antenna, the Clear Sky Chart already predicts Saturday will be cloudy, but the usual, conflicting weather forecasts suggest . . . → Read More: Radio Astronomy Star Party
Of all the world’s peoples, we in Maine are ideally placed to observe a partial eclipse of the Sun at sunrise on Sunday morning, November 3, beginning at about 6:15am. My eclipse simulating software suggests it should be spectacular, but if the clouds allow viewing, remember you will also need either some kind of solar . . . → Read More: Partial Solar Eclipse
CMAS will host its first Radio Astronomy Star Party on the weekend of November 2, 2013, beginning at 7:00pm. (Arrive earlier to set up.) Meet at DRA, the Damariscotta River Association:
110 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME 04543
Bring your optical telescope, of course, but also enjoy radio astronomy with Nimesh Patel, CMAS’s resident professional radio . . . → Read More: DRA Radio Astronomy Star Party
Greetings from The Bearer of Evil Tidings!
We’re canceling tonight’s star party at DRA, due to weather reports for lots of clouds, high humidity, and rotten transparency. Looking at various weather maps, thick banks of clouds are hovering just offshore. If the winds push those clouds just a few miles north, the sky will . . . → Read More: CMAS October 5 DRA Star Party Cancelled