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.

Star Party at Galaxy Quest



Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:30pm Galaxy Quest Observatory, Lincolnville Jacob Gerritsen, Host

To celebrate his retirement from the Treasurership (see below), and because he loves astronomy as much as ever, Jacob hosts another star party at Galaxy Quest. Last month’s didn’t count. Rain blocked the first attempt. The seeing at the second was . . . → Read More: Star Party at Galaxy Quest

Business Meeting, Election of Officers, and Star Party


Saturday, April 30, 2016 Business Meeting, 7:30pm; Star Party follows, 9:30pm Brower Observatory, North Whitefield

Because this is a business meeting, we shall meet regardless of the weather. At Jacob’s request, via an emergency appointment after many years of service, Brian Murphy is now serving as Acting Treasurer. Your President recommends formally electing Brian . . . → Read More: Business Meeting, Election of Officers, and Star Party

Transit of Mercury

Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:45am to 2:45pm Location to be Decided

Mercury passes across the face of the sun about once every eight years. Maine’s weather forces us to cancel half of our star parties, and not every transit is visible from here, so the opportunity to see this occurs less often than once every . . . → Read More: Transit of Mercury

Good Weather for a Double Cluster of Star Parties

As of Friday night, the weather looks good for Saturday night’s two star parties. Remember, CMASians have *two* choices for this month’s star party. Join us at Galaxy Quest in Lincolnville for a traditional CMAS star party, featuring the Big Dob and drive-in access; or, join us at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, to . . . → Read More: Good Weather for a Double Cluster of Star Parties

Galaxy Quest Star Party Postponed

The star party at Galaxy Quest originally scheduled for tonight is postponed until next Saturday, March 12, at 7:00pm. Today’s clear, blue skies are expected to turn significantly cloudy by nightfall, with dense clouds arriving shortly thereafter.

On the 12th, CMASians will have two choices of star parties. Jacob Gerritsen shall host at Galaxy Quest . . . → Read More: Galaxy Quest Star Party Postponed