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Wonders of the Night Sky
Astronomy Programs
conducted under the auspices of the
Stow Parks & Recreation Department
since September 15, 1995
Now in our twentieth year of observing the universe together!

Click here for the next Astronomy Club of Akron
event

Website last updated: Friday March 27, 2015 4:22 PM (EDT)

.Next event: None are formally scheduled yet, but the 2015 events calendar has been updated.  We'll try for an event in April, depending on conditions.....
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See what's up in the sky this month...

Notice area

Our 2015 Calendar of Observing Events
has been completed and can be seen below.


Events are tentatively scheduled to begin in April but, as with all our
events, depend entirely on the weather, condition of the observing
field and permission granted by Fishcreek Elementary School.

The status of each upcoming event will always be shown here and on
the page reserved for that event.  Just click on the date of interest

in the calendar below for the current status of that event.

Calendar of Events in Stow in 2015
Click on any date (scheduled or not) for information of interest to star-gazers
Click here
for archived events going back to 2007

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep Oct

Nov

Dec

1/2/15
No event

2/6/15
No event

3/6/15
No event

4/3/15
Scheduled

5/1/15
Scheduled

6/5/15
Scheduled
7/3/15
Scheduled
8/7/15
Scheduled
9/4/15
Scheduled

10/2/15
Scheduled

11/6/15
Scheduled

12/4/15
No event

1/9/15
No event

2/13/15
No event

3/13/15
No event

4/10/15
Scheduled

5/8/15
Scheduled

6/12/15
Scheduled
7/10/15
Scheduled
8/14/15
Scheduled
9/11/15
Scheduled
10/9/15
Scheduled

11/13/15
Scheduled

12/11/15
No event

1/16/15
No event

2/20/15
No event

3/20/15
No event

4/17/15
No event

5/15/15
Scheduled

6/19/15
Scheduled
7/17/15
Scheduled
8/21/15
Scheduled
9/18/15
Scheduled
10/16/15
Scheduled
11/20/15
No event

12/18/15
No event

1/23/15
No event

2/27/15
No event

3/27/15
No event

4/24/15
Scheduled

5/22/15
Scheduled

6/26/15
Scheduled

7/24/15
Scheduled

8/28/15
Scheduled

9/25/15
Scheduled

10/23/15
Scheduled
11/27/15
No event

12/25/15
No event

1/30/15
No event

     

5/29/15
No event

  7/31/15
Scheduled
   

10/30/15
Scheduled

 

 

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ASF

 Accuweather Stargazing Forecast

SWA

 Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Weather Animation

WM

 Continental USA wind map

EP

 Planning a Night of Observing?

Interesting facts:
The LAST Total Solar Eclipse in Stow Ohio occurred on June 16, 1806 at 10:48:38am EST
The NEXT Total Solar Eclipse in Stow Ohio will occur on April 8, 2024 at 3:14:21pm EDT
We will experience a very nice partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 at 2:25pm EDT
Don't forget to mark your calendars!
Click here for every Solar Eclipse from 2000 B.C. through 3000 A.D.
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General Information about our events
What you should know - location, time, what to bring, etc.
My Favorite Links
(including the 2014-2015 Frontiers of Astronomy lecture series)
Some of my favorite astro-related websites
Weather - Current & Predicted
Latest information from AccuWeather for Stow, Ohio
Astronomy News
Take a look at Astro-news from several sources.
Lost & Found - new item added on 7/30/2010
Did you leave (or find) something on the observing field?
Common Names for Deep Sky Objects
Alphabetical listing of names commonly used for DSOs
Interactive Star Charts
Preset for our location in Stow, but modifiable by you
Moon Phase Charts
Daily Moon Phase charts through 2024
Planet Data
Data on the Sun, Planets & Moon




Click for current
Sunspot Activity

.Click here for current image of Sun (white light).
Click here for current image of Sun (in Ca-K light)
Click here for current image of Sun (white light & numbered)
Click here for current image of the Sun in H-α
Click here for current H-α Solar activity movie
Click here for detail of current Solar activity
Click here for information on the sun & heliosphere

Click here (or anywhere in the calendar below) for Moon Phases for all of 2015



Click here for Moon rise / transit / set times for 2015


Current Astronomy News

Sky & Telescope Newsletter
    Sky & Telescope Astro Alerts    Astronomy Newsletter

U Scorpii - about to go Nova?
    SpaceWeather    Clear Sky Chart

Tribute to Apollo 11
    How Are Lenses Made?    CalSky

APOD-Astro Photo of the Day

PBS's Jack Horkheimer "Star Gazer" Video Download Page

Jack Horkheimer, the "Star Gazer" passed away on Friday afternoon, August 20, 2010.
The next time you're out under the stars, think of Jack and his love of the night sky


Maps to our Observing Locations

Fishcreek Observing Field    Stow Senior Center    Silver Springs Campground

ACA Observatory    Camp Carl    Camp Y-Noah


Past Event News

The photos below were taken during our observing event on 6/22/07
behind Fishcreek Elementary School in Stow where the
Wonders of the Night Sky program takes place nearly every
clear Friday night during the spring, summer and fall.

All photos were taken by, and used with permission of Ray Hyer,
fellow member of
The Astronomy Club of Akron, Inc (ACA)

Ray took these shots with a DSLR in almost total darkness with an exposure time of 30 seconds giving the images a
surrealistic quality.  The long exposures are demonstrated by the motion of the people and the total lack of shadows.  Just magical.  Thank you, Ray!

Photo below, left to right:  Meade 102ED APO refractor on a Meade LXD650 German equatorial mount belonging to Jeff Kreidler (whose hand is visible on the focuser), 12" LX200GPS belonging to and operated by Dave Jessie and TMB 130SS on a Celestron CGE German equatorial mount operated by Rosaelena Villaseñor.  The 102ED was viewing Jupiter, the LX200 was on the Moon and the TMB on Venus.  There were many more scopes and mounted binoculars of all types and sizes in use on the observing field.

click on thumbnail for larger image
Photo © 2007 by Ray Hyer
click to enlarge

Photo below:  A gentleman holding his young son up to the eyepiece of the 12" SCT that was still pointed at the Moon.  The phase was almost exactly first quarter which gave a wealth of visible detail at the terminator - the line between lunar night and day - where shadows show craters and maria to best advantage.
Perhaps this young fellow will be the next great astronomer or cosmologist!

click on thumbnail for larger image
Photo © 2007 by Ray Hyer
click to enlarge

 

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