The Winter of our Discontent July 21, 2013Posted by Denise in : Meetings , add a comment
If you’re like me, you probably haven’t done much sky observing these past few months. It’s been an unusually long, cold, and snowy winter, and even the most enthusiastic of us finds it difficult to spend much time outdoors at night in sub-zero temperatures.
Still, the cold weather can’t last forever, and it will start becoming easier to be outside in the coming months. This spring promises some good planetary observing opportunities. Jupiter is currently well-placed for viewing as darkness falls, Mars reaches opposition in early April, and Saturn isn’t far behind, rising in the East during the late evening.
So, get ready to dust off that telescope, head outside, and enjoy a new season of celestial viewing!
You can also keep an eye on our facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/ICastronomy, to keep up to date with club happenings.
March Meeting - Iowa City Public Library March 10th, 7PM February 10, 2014Posted by Denise in : Meetings , add a comment
Club meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, at the Iowa City Public Library, starting at 7PM. The meeting room varies from month to month, please check the listing that is posted inside the entrance. (We use meeting room E whenever possible.)
The program for March will be a presentation entitled “Star Charts for Beginners.”
March Observing Session - F. W. Kent Park, March 21st, 7PM February 21, 2014Posted by Denise in : Events , add a comment
The March and April observing sessions will be held at F. W. Kent park, a county park located eight miles west of Iowa City, off of highway 6. We will meet at the Bob White shelter and set up in the parking lot. ( Map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217451880352690479515.000456a3319f5844cad3b&msa=0&ll=41.725029,-91.726141&spn=0.013725,0.01929 )
Observing sessions are held weather permitting. If it is cloudy, the session will not be held. Anyone is welcome to attend observing sessions. If you know of someone who is interested, feel free to invite them!
Please dress very warmly, wear layers, and bring your questions and curiosity. Let’s hope for clear skies!