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​Perfect Weather for Tonight’s DRA Star Party

The flawless weather that was guaranteed for tonight, Saturday, May 20, 2017, has arrived. See you at the star party at 9:00pm!

Star Party at the Damariscotta Land Association Land Trust
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00pm
110 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME 04543

DRA Star Party

Flawless weather is guaranteed for the night of Saturday, May 20, 2017. Why? Because, at 9:00pm, our star party begins at DRA, and everyone know we always have flawless weather for star parties! Just in case this is the first exception in our club’s history, we’ll schedule a rain date for one week later, on Saturday, May 27 — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

Star Party at the Damariscotta Land Association Land Trust
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00pm
110 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME 04543

Note that this party will not be held at Galaxy Quest, per the original plan, because Galaxy Quest will not be available then. Catch us there on July 22, 2017, instead.

Chop Point Star Party is Cancelled

The star party at the Chop Point School originally scheduled for this Friday, April 28, 2017, has been cancelled. Cloudy weather is forecast for days on end, yet Chop Point needs a decision for its parents by tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 27) at 9:15am. If the weather miraculously improves overnight, we may un-cancel, but that looks to be unlikely.

The email used to communicate with the school has not been working correctly. Many messages have not arrived, including ours suggesting we add a solar viewing. Now that Mary Webster has heard the offer, she hopes to schedule one for an upcoming afternoon. I suggested a Friday. That would allow at least a one-star star party for this academic year.

Astronomy Flashmob at Brower Tonight!

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8:00pm — Brower Observatory
341 Route 126 (Jefferson Road), Whitefield, ME 04353


Join us tonight for a flash mob at Brower Observatory. A “flash mob” is a star party arranged on short notice when conditions are expected to too excellent to miss. It’s only coincidence that tonight’s comes one night after cancelling a regularly-scheduled star party, but it’s also good luck, since we’ll have extreme clarity on a dark night near the new moon.

Cars will need to park at Colin’s house. We’ll need to walk in from there, because the road to the observatory is still too muddy to drive. Bring only optics lightweight enough to carry that distance, or bring nothing, relying on Brower’s plentiful stock. Colin anticipates planetary viewing at its best, so he’ll mount the vintage 8″ f/8 Treckerscope, for detailed views of Jupiter, and maybe a last goodbye to Mars.

Brower Star Party Cancelled; Work Day Soon.

The star party scheduled for Brower Observatory this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 8:00pm is hereby cancelled, in deference to weather forecasts predicting clouds and rain.

The rain date for this star party, Saturday, April 29, coincides with Work Day at Brower, so we hope all able-bodied CMASians will join us at 10:00am at the observatory, for maintenance, repairs, and painting. No special skills are needed. Useful tasks will be found for all willing hands. Depending upon how energetic we feel after Work Day, there is a good chance that we will have a star party afterward. If bad weather forces us to postpone Work Day, we’ll most likely meet the next day, Sunday, April 30, instead.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00am — Brower Work Day
341 Route 126 (Jefferson Road), Whitefield, ME 04353
Sunday, April 30, 2017 — Rain Date