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Watch the Transit of Mercury

Monday, November 4, 2019

From NASA: The sky will put on a stellar show on Nov. 11, 2019, as Mercury crosses in front of the Sun. From our perspective on Earth, we can only ever see Mercury and Venus cross in front of, or transit, the Sun, so it's a rare event you won't want to miss!

For local viewing: View the Mercury transit at Sparks Marina (west peninsula) on the morning of Monday, November 11, 2019 from 6:50 am to 10:00 am. A solar telescope will be available for safe viewing. The transit is visible beginning at sunrise, about 6:50 am at the Sparks Marina.

Photo Credit: NASA

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Galena Campfire Program Star Party

Friday, July 12, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

Join the ASN for a star talk by Mike Hopper and some star gazing on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Galena Campfire Program.

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The ASN Newsletter

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - Jay Lawson

This page includes links to current and some back issues of the ASN Newsletters. 

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Upcoming Star Parties

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Find the latest information on local star parties in Sparks, Markleevile,  and Galena, as well as information on August's Lassen Volcanic National Park Dark Sky Festival. To help with your plannig, also included is informatiopn on campgrounds, eateries, and motels.

 

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Dark Sky/Light Pollution Map

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

Regarding light pollution, Nevada is exceptional for its dark skies. This light pollution mapping application displays VIIRS/DMSP/World Atlas over Microsoft Bing base layers. 

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Star Parties & Events

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

There are several good lists for Star Parties and other astronomical events. Some are kept up-to-date more than others. Check out these lists.

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Our Amazing Universe

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

Incredible images gathered from many astronomy sites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, the European Southern Observatory, NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more.

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Time & Date Information

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Submitted by Danne Polk

For many centuries, temporal measurement was considered the work of astronomers.

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Fleischmann Planetarium

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The emphasis is on education for enthusiasts of all ages, providing educational shows, presentations and scientific exhibits that correlate with K-12 Next-Generation Science Standards.

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Telescopes

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Using information gathered from Wikipedia, the SVAS details the differences between reflecting, refracting, and catadioptric telescopes.

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