Our meetings are fun and informative and open to the public; everyone is welcome. Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM at UNR's amazing Fleischmann Planetarium. There's even designated parking.
Get your own cool membership card (good for admission to all ASN sponsored Star Parties, meetings, discounts on Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, exclusive access to the ASN newsletter The Asteroid, plus more!).
Times and locations vary according to seasons, clouds, and weather, but the desert air is often perfect for star gazing, and we have some very powerful telescopes that will impress you, your friends, and family.
Global Astronomy Month is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy, brought to you by Astronomy Without Borders. From their Website: "Every year GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, bringing enthusiasts together worldwide to celebrate Astronomers Without Borders' motto: One People, One Sky."
With the Vernal Equinox, day and night are both equal in length - 12 hours long - and for everyone everywhere, the sun rises due east and sets due west. For Reno, NV, based on the solar, Gregorian calendar (the international standard), the exact moment for the Vernal Equinox will be 2:58 PM PDT. Weather permitting, the night sky will be bright all week.
In Reno, on March 20th and 21st, the moon is full with 100% visibility; by the 24th, we will see a Waning gibbous with 85% visibility. In the month of March, we say good-bye to winter. The March full moon has several names: Chaste Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Lenten Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon and Worm Moon. What is your favorite name?
Sky & Telescope magazine was founded by Charles A. Federer Jr. and Helen Spence Federer, in 1941. The magazine and Website focus on amateur and professional interests in astronomy, and are packed with information. The site and the magazine help amateur astronomers everywhere connect to one another to share discoveries and the love of astronomy.
Astronomy Magazine, founded in 1973 by Steve Walther, is directed at astronomy hobbyists and is the most popular magazine of its kind in the world. The Magazine's companion Website offers astronomy news articles, tips on observing the skies, photo and video galleries, prolific blog threads, a science shopping section, and much more.
The Space Weather Website (spaceweather.com) is maintained by Dr. Tony Phillips, and offers technical details about the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. On this site you can find information about solar winds, solar flares, sunspots, thermospheric climate, solar radio emissions, current information about the Aurora Oval, and more.
Fleischmann Planetarium is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, and serves to educate (and delight) 50,000 visitors a year. 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. The Planetarium offers its space for parties, social events, and meetings (Our monthly meetings are held at the Planetarium).
This website includes a collection of beautiful photographs of the milkay way, meteors, comets, and other amazing sites to see from dark places. Probably the most useful feature is a dark sky map with markers for vantage points, with information about the type of color zone, whether camping is allowed, whether there's an entrance fee, and a short description of place and surroundings. The site also provides a searchable list of dark sites to explore.