A New Astronomy Club and Star Party in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Astronomy ClubNorthern Michigan has been the home of the wonderful Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for 30 years, but for those who live further east or north, it can be a bit of a hike. So we were extremely pleased to learn that a new astronomy club has formed just outside Boyne City.

The Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (aka NOMAC) was founded in December 2011. Their home base is the excellent Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan. They have already hosted several public observing events, including Transit of Venus observing at the Headlands, which happens to be the new Emmet County Dark Sky Park. Their current President, Bryan Shumaker, has been named a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

The most important news to those who live outside the area is that the club is already putting on a star party! Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16, they will hold their First Annual Star Party at Raven Hill. Aurelian Balan, an instructor in Astronomy and Physics at Delta College, will be the guest speaker guest speaker. The star party is free to attend; camping fees are just $20 per night or $30 for both nights.

If you’ve never seen the beautiful dark skies of Northern Michigan, this might be a great opportunity to do so.

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