What we're about

We are a group of people in the Mid-Hudson Valley who are interested in Astronomy and Science. We hold monthly star parties at Lake Taghkanic State Park, and monthly presentations at SUNY New Paltz -- both open to the public.

Our star parties are generally held on a Friday close to a new moon (with Saturday as a back-up). The dates are listed in our Star Party Schedule. You must register to attend the event (here on Meetup) and you will need to provide your car's license plate and make and model so we can give that info to the park police. You can see the forecast for viewing conditions on the Lake Taghkanic State Park Clear Sky Chart. If you will be attending one of our star parties it may help for you to review our MHAA Etiquette Guide.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently holding our monthly meetings both in person at SUNY New Paltz and online using Zoom.

We also participate in local education and outreach events; our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun, and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy.  When the weather allows, we often set up telescopes on the Walkway Over the Hudson when they hold their Walkway At Night events.

Club events are listed on the MHAA Google Calendar.  Both our Star Parties and our Monthly Presentations are open to the public. (Our Monthly Presentations are preceded by an open club business meeting.)
Recordings of our public presentations, some star parties, and some other activities are available on our YouTube channel. Some of our events are also announced (and broadcast and recorded) on Facebook. If you would like to keep up with club news then you can follow us by joining our email list on groups.io. None of these require you to become an MHAA member.

If you are interested in becoming a member of MHAA (not just following us here on Meetup or by email) you can use these instructions. Annual dues are $25, which we use to support our activities, including insurance for our star parties and paying for Zoom. MHAA members can borrow club telescopes or DVDs from our collection, and can participate in exclusive discussions on our Slack discussion channels.

Donations are always welcomed to help support the club's education and outreach activities. You can use this PayPal link or send email to treasurer@midhusonastro.org.

If you have any questions, send them to questions@midhudsonastro.org.

Upcoming events (4+)

MHAA Monthly Business meeting - Hybrid (In Person and Online)

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Monthly business meeting in which the Association discusses any upcoming events, planning and other business before the Association. Speaker or Presentation of Interest follows after the meeting and is a separate Meetup event.

All meetings are open to the public. Meeting will be "hybrid" - both online and in-person. In person meeting to be held in the old Coykendall Auditorium, SUNY New Paltz campus.

PLEASE NOTE! This month, there will be a Special Event for the presentation, which will not be online!

There is construction that makes access to the building a little different. Please see image in comments for parking and access information. Best parking is probably in the Library parking lot (Lot 3).

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Solar System Mystery Walk

Needs a location

The Thousand Yard Model of the Solar System, sometimes called the "peppercorn model," shows the relative sizes of the planets and the distances between them at the same time on the same linear scale. The Sun is the size of a bowling ball or a soccer ball, and the Earth is then the size of a peppercorn about 26 yards away. MHAA has set up the model on the Walkway Over the Hudson for many Walkway At Night events, but this is not the only way to experience the model.

Eric Myers will take our group through the model in a different way, presented in a somewhat mysterious fashion that is appropriate for those who are not already familiar with the solar system, especially students. Teachers may therefore find this particularly interesting. This will be a leisurely evening walk on the SUNY New Paltz campus from the Planetarium to the Observatory, with plenty of opportunity to chat with other participants about the solar system, or astronomy in general, or anything at all.

We will start at CSB Auditorium after the club business meeting ends at 8:00 PM, but the actual event will be outdoors.

PLEASE NOTE- THIS IS ONLY IN PERSON. WE WILL NOT BE ON ZOOM THIS MONTH.

If you have any questions please call Alex at[masked] or Tim at[masked]

August 2022 Star Party

Needs a location

Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required.

Telescope operators arrive about 30 minutes early to set up. Observing begins about an hour after sunset and will probably end around 11, or whenever club members decide. All will take place at the park's West Beach parking lot.

You must RSVP with your car's make, model, and license plate number at least one day beforehand. This info is required by and sent to the State Park authorities because we are there after park hours. If you attend without being on the list and the police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.

Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: http://midhudsonastro.spy-hill.net/MHAA_Star_Party_Etiquette_Guide.pdf

You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.
http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html

Note: Winter and late Fall viewing conditions can be very clear - but also very cold. As you'll be standing around looking at the stars for a while you may feel even colder than otherwise when outdoors. Dress warmly and consider bringing extra layers in case you get colder as the night goes on.

For further information, text/call Tim Denman at[masked] or Jack Chastain at[masked]

MHAA Monthly Business meeting - Hybrid (In Person and Online)

Link visible for attendees

Monthly business meeting in which the Association discusses any upcoming events, planning and other business before the Association. Speaker or Presentation of Interest follows after the meeting and is a separate Meetup event.

Although all meetings are open to the public, the Business Meeting has been separated from the overall meeting to allow those that do not wish to be notified of MHAA-related specifics and are only there for the Presentation.

Meeting will be "hybrid" - both online and in-person. In person meeting to be held in Lecture Center room Science Hall, located on the NE corner of SUNY New Paltz campus, Room 181 (adjacent to the South entrance to the building).

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