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on Mercury...
Mickey Mouse, too!

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: Saturday September 20, 2014 8:10 AM (EDT)

.Next event: - Friday 10/3/2014 - Observing at Fishcreek site.  Click this banner for details.....
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See what's up in the sky this month...

Calendar of Events in Stow in 2014
Click here for archived events from prior years

Click on ANY of the underlined Date, Status or Reports in the table below for details
Dates with scheduled events are in YELLOW, dates in WHITE are not yet scheduled
Dates with scheduled lectures or other special events are in AQUA
Dates in
RED
are not available for astronomy programs at Fishcreek School

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep Oct

Nov

Dec

1/3/14
No event

2/7/14
No event

3/7/14
No event

4/4/14
No event

5/2/14
No event

6/6/14
Success!
7/4/14
Success!
8/1/14
Cancelled
9/5/14
Cancelled

10/3/14
Status

11/7/14
Status

12/5/14
No event

1/10/14
No event

2/14/14
No event

3/14/14
No event

4/11/14
No event

5/9/14
No Event

6/13/14
Cancelled
7/11/14
No Event
8/8/14
Success!
9/12/14
Cancelled
10/10/14
Status

11/14/14
Status

12/12/14
No event

1/17/14
No event

2/21/14
No event

3/21/14
No event

4/18/14
No event

5/16/14
No Event

6/20/14
Cancelled
7/18/14
Cancelled
8/15/14
Cancelled
9/19/14
Success!
10/17/14
Status
11/21/14
No event

12/19/14
No event

1/24/14
No event

2/28/14
No event

3/28/14
No event

4/25/14
No Event

5/23/14
No Event

6/27/14
Success!

7/25/14
Cancelled

8/22/14
Cancelled

9/26/14
No Event

10/24/14
Status
11/28/14
No event

12/26/14
No event

1/31/14
No event

     

5/30/14
No event

    8/29/14
Success!
 

10/31/14
Status

 

 

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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

CURRENT 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 detail of current Solar activity
Click here for current H-α Solar activity movie
Click here for information on the sun & heliosphere

Click here (or anywhere in the calendar below) for Moon Phases for all of 2014



Click here for Moon rise / transit / set times for 2014


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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