Looking for an Astronomy Club in Michigan?

Joining an astronomy club can provide you with the opportunity to get to know others in your area who share an interest in night sky, and have a passion for stargazing. Many clubs have “dark-sky” viewing sights, and some have observatories that clubs make available to the public during Astronomy Outreach events. Several clubs offer “loaner telescopes” for you to take home and use.

Club members often bring their own telescopes to Astronomy Outreach events; if you are considering purchasing a telescope, you are encourages to try out several different kinds, familiarize yourself them them, get a feel for how the different ‘scopes function, and talk to telescope owners about their experiences – before you buy a telescope.

Local astronomy clubs may also collaborate to organize large weekend star parties, and Astronomy Outreach events.

Club Name & Website Social Links City Meeting Times
Amateur Astronomers of Jackson Grass lake None
Astronomy Club at Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti/EMU Every Thursday at 7:30PM in 402 Sherzer
Capital Area Astronomy Club MSU/Abrams Planetarium First Wednesday of each month 7:30 PM
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Dearborn Fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December) at 5:30 PM
Fox Park Astronomy Club Potterville Varies – see website
The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association Grand Rapids Third Thursday of every month at Schuler Books 7:00PM
Grand Traverse Astronomical Society Traverse City First Friday of every month 8:00 PM
Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Kalamazoo/KAMSC First Friday of nearly every month 7:00PM
Marquette Astronomical Society Marquette None
Muskegon Astronomical Society Muskegon Second Tuesday of every month
Newaygo County Dark Sky Astronomers Fremont Third Thursday of every month 7:00 PM
Oakland Astronomy Club Rochester Second Sunday of every month (except May)
Seven Ponds Astronomy Club   Dryden Monthly: generally the Saturday closest to new Moon<
Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association Holland Second Thursday of every month
Sunset Astronomical Society Bay City/Delta College Planetarium Second Friday of every month
University Lowbrow Astronomers   Ann Arbor Third Friday of every month
Warren Astronomical Society   Bloomfield Hills/Cranbrook & Warren/MCC First Monday & third Thursday of every month 7:30 PM

Find an Astronomy club across the USA:
NASA Night Sky Network
Go Astronomy.com

Find an Astronomy club across the World:

* If you see an error, correction, or addition to this list, please let us know.


Meteor Terminology

Meteor Terminology- from the American Meteor Society

Source: The American Meteor Society


2013 Meteor Shower Guide

2013 Meteor shower Guide.
Image Credit: ~ryszjak (Rick J)

Watching for “Shooting Stars” can be an enjoyable, if unpredictable, observing opportunity during meteor showers. You may see only a few fleeting meteors, or you may see several, or even a fireball! This graphic shows the major showers for this year, and their “radiants.” Best times for observing is meteor showers is after midnight.

~ryszjak on deviantART.com

More info on the meteor showers:
American Meteor Society
Sky and Telescope