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Aug
5
Sat
Solar Observing at Cranbrook @ Cranbrook Institute of Science
Aug 5 @ 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha, taken thru Cranbrook's old telescope, Feb. 5, 2012 by Bob Trembley
Every first Sunday of the Month, the Solar Special Interest Group of the Warren Astronomical Society to do some observation of the Sun in Hydrogen-Aplha at the Cranbrook Observatory

Aug
12
Sat
Free Star Party & Astronomy Open House @ Stargate Observatory
Aug 12 @ 1:00 am – 8:00 am

Stargate by Brian Thieme

The Warren Astronomical Society‘s mostly-monthly public open house: you get to use our equipment and our volunteers’ knowledge to see what’s out there in the sky tonight.

We usually stay as long as the skies are clear and there are interested observers – usually around midnight, but on nice nights even later.

You don’t have to stay the whole time – though we ask that you aim your headlights away from the observing field in case you have to leave early. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

We only require a few things for your safety and enjoyment:

  • It will be getting dark soon after 7:00 PM, so please plan to be at the observatory earlier. Be careful with headlights on your way in, especially after sundown. Make sure to turn the dome lights off if possible, and park your car facing away from the observing field if you have running lights.
  • Please don’t use white light flashlights when others are observing. Others will have flashlights, but if you’d like to bring your own, you can easily make a red-light flashlight that will help you get around in the dark and is safe for night vision. You can read ideas here.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Other advice to help you make the most of your evening:

  • Weather, especially in Michigan, is unpredictable. We are always (some might say irrationally) hopeful, but if there’s a solid chance of an extended downpour we are not likely to do any observing! If you’re not sure about the weather, call Bob Berta, Riyad Matti, Marty Kunz, or Jonathan Kade to check if the open house has been canceled.
  • Observing is an outside activity, so dress accordingly – a little warmer than the temperature would indicate. Even in the summer, it can get surprisingly chilly at night. Like any other activity, the key to lasting is layers, layers, layers! In the wintertime and early spring, plan to wear at least two layers of every garment: socks, pants, and a shirt. Core temperature is important too, so pay extra attention to keeping your torso warm – an insulated vest can work wonders.
  • Importantly, the Camp Rotary grounds have full-service public restrooms, with warm running water and other modern conveniences.

If there’s something specific you’d like to see, we’ll do our best to make it happen. We have safe, filtered solar telescopes to look at the sun in amazing detail before it gets dark; if you’re interested in seeing our local star, let us know and we’ll try to make a telescope available.

Meetup: http://meetup.warrenastro.org/
Stargate Website: http://www.warrenastro.org/was/stargate.aspx

Aug
17
Thu
Warren Astronomical Society Meeting @ Macomb Community College, Building J
Aug 17 @ 2:30 am – 4:30 am

Warren Astronomical Society Logo
The Warren Astronomical Society meets monthly on the third Thursday in a room in the library at Macomb Community College’s South Campus. Club business is covered first, typically followed by a short presentation. After a snack break, a major presentation is usually given by a club member or guest speaker.

See also: MeetUp.WarrenAstro.org

Sep
2
Sat
Solar Observing at Cranbrook @ Cranbrook Institute of Science
Sep 2 @ 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha, taken thru Cranbrook's old telescope, Feb. 5, 2012 by Bob Trembley
Every first Sunday of the Month, the Solar Special Interest Group of the Warren Astronomical Society to do some observation of the Sun in Hydrogen-Aplha at the Cranbrook Observatory