The Maryland Science & Skepticism Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Saturday, 11 September Star Party
College Park, MD
Announcing a new Meetup for The Maryland Science & Skepticism Meetup Group!
What: Saturday, 11 September Star Party
When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:00 PM
Where: Alpha Ridge Park
Alpha Ridge Park
Marriottsville, MD 21104
7:30 PM 'till late, Alpha Ridge Park in Howard County, MD
See www.howardastro.org for more info.
A Great Place To Begin an Adventure in Astronomy
HAL members bring all sorts of observing equipment: telescopes of all shapes and sizes, binoculars, solar viewers, and astro-photography and video setups. If you would like a look through our equipment, or if you just bought a telescope and would like some help with it, or even if you are just thinking about getting one and want to check a few out before buying - star parties are the perfect place to get your feet wet.
What Will We Be Looking At?
Observing targets really cover the full range of celestial treasures including the Sun, the Moon, the planets, double stars, deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, and even orbiting satellites and the space station.
Starting time is usually sundown and ending time is officially at 11pm, although on nice evenings members often keep the park open a little later. There is plenty of parking at both parks (directions) and folks can arrive at anytime. Star parties are held twice each month, March to November, on Saturdays, and are scheduled around the lunar calendar - so check the HAL Calendar for upcoming dates.
Before You Head Out
If you are not sure if the weather is cooperating, check the top of the home page for the latest news. If you are on the Howardastro Yahoogroups list also check for notification e-mails there. Be sure to bring an extra layer or two of clothes just in case temperatures drop more than you expect. You can't have fun if you're cold! And check the weather forecast, star parties are assumed to be cancelled if it is completely overcast or if it's raining. The Clear Sky Clock at the top of this page is a great way to check out predicted cloud cover for the next 24-48 hours.
What is Expected Of You At A Star Party?
Absolutely nothing. Whether you own a telescope or not, we encourage folks of all ages to come on out, bring your friends and family, and let us share with you the beauties of one of our most precious natural resources - the night sky - in Howard County's very own public parks. HAL's amateur astronomers come from all walks of life and have a wide range of astronomy experience. We all share a passion for the sky's most stunning sights and love nothing more than to share those sights with others.
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