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Tuesday February 28th, 2017

Well, time has flown by since our last skywatch, and this really snuck up on me! We'll be meeting tomorrow night, Wed., March 1, 2017 in our usual place at the circle by the Library.

Part of the confusion is that we are still at a thin crescent moon stage. The alternative was to delay the skywatch until next week, but then the Moon would be almost full. This way we'll have darker skies even if we don't get to see as many lunar craters.

However the sky is full of beautiful objects to view! Probably leading off is the Great Orion Nebula, birthplace of new stars. Then we have Venus showing its waxing gibbous phase (yes, like the Moon!), lots of star clusters, the Andromeda Nebula (Galaxy)...

Hope to see you there. We'll start at dark and go until about 9:00 PM. Dress warm, but Friends of the Library will be providing hot cider and cookies to warm up your innards.

If you have a telescope you can bring to share views, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a scope you have questions about operating, then please bring that along and we'll do our best to get you up and running.
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Sylvia WinterHappy Birthday, Jay, and many, many more! Love and best wishes as you enjoy your day!

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Wednesday January 4th, 2017

Happy New Year, fellow stargazers!

The Library has asked us to move our monthly skywatch to Wednesday nights, so tonight's the night! The weather actually looks like it will cooperate, so from 6-9 P.M. tonight we'll offer you views of the nearly-first-quarter Moon and stars. Bring your telescope if you have one to share the views with the public. Thanks for your support and enjoy the views!
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Scott MasseyI just read that Payson AZ has decided to try to become a "Dark Skies" certified community. FH needs to achieve that goal first, but they have the advantage of being further away from Phoenix lights.

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Ted BlankIt will be one Wednesday a month. And it will always be the Wednesday closest to first quarter moon. Just check the library activity calendar for "star party ".

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Sharon MadsenWill this be every Wednesday??

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Monday November 7th, 2016

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2016) from 6-9 P.M., the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club in cooperation with the Fountain Hills Library will hold a free public "star party" on the circle outside the Library next to the Community Center. All are welcome to come and enjoy the views through multiple telescopes of planets, stars, star clusters and of course the craters and features of the first quarter Moon! Bring a telescope if you have one to share the views or to get some help operating it. We hope to see you there - dress warm and join us to enjoy the night sky! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday June 7th, 2016

This Saturday night, FHAC will hold a special Saturday Summer Skywatch just off Centennial Circle in the unpaved portion of the parking area near the Library. Entrance is off of El Lago Drive. We'll start at 8:30 P.M. and finish when people want to go home.

This will be our first real opportunity to see Saturn in the early evening hours. In addition, Mars is very close and bright and Jupiter is still easily visible. Combine that with the first quarter Moon, warm temps and lots of deep-sky objects and we should be in for a great evening of viewing.

Bring your phone or tablet with your favorite sky app to help you identify what is up in the sky.

Feel free to bring your own telescope if you would like some help setting it up or operating it. Binoculars are also a good way to enjoy the sky. We'll start setting up equipment around 7:30 P.M. There will be no formal presentation but you are welcome to bring reclining chairs if you want to get comfortable while you observe with binoculars.

Hope to see you there!
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Monday April 11th, 2016

It's a Pluto Celebration! You may remember that last July, after a 9-year interplanetary journey, the New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto and sent back the most detailed pictures ever taken of that interesting world, its giant moon Charon and several smaller moons.

Tonight (Monday, April 11) at 7:00 pm, the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club will meet at the Community Center. Our (remote) speaker will be Steve Conard, lead engineer for the LORRI imager aboard the New Horizons spacecraft which took most of those pictures. Steve will tell us how they built, flew and operated the LORRI telescope-plus-camera instrument and share with us some of the amazing pictures of the Pluto system that have been returned to Earth.

All are welcome at tonight's meeting.
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Wednesday February 17th, 2016

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On Tuesday, February 16th we held the monthly public skywatch in the circle in front of the Library. This month we had some young helpers, Alex and Anthony, who assisted with both setting up the area and operating telescopes. Both of them did a great job explaining to visitors how to observe through a telescope and what people were looking at. Thank you both! Thanks also to Curtis, Jim and Peter for bringing telescopes for the public. We had more than 50 visitors over the course of the evening and were able to observe the Moon, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, double stars and star clusters and more. Many folks stayed right through 9:00pm and several later than that. Perfect weather made it a very enjoyable evening. Hope to see you there next month!
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Scott MasseyAlways an enjoyable way to spend an evening.

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Tuesday December 8th, 2015

The Moon approaches Venus in the sky at sunrise on December 7, 2015. This picture was taken just a few hours before the Moon passed in front of Venus and temporarily hid it from our sight. ... See MoreSee Less

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