What we're about

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is a gathering point for people interested in Astronomy and Science in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We organize a monthly lecture series, as well as monthly observing sessions at dark sky sites in the Hudson Valley, and public and educational events. To become a supporting member of the MHAA, go to http://join.midhudsonastro.org . Dues are $25 per year. 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.

You can find our Star Party Schedule at: https://sites.google.com/midhudsonastro.org/starpartyschedule

Upcoming events (4)

The Science of Apollo

Gardiner Library

July 20th marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon. While this historic event was both a national and technological achievement, it was also a scientific breakthrough. It sparked a major understanding of the moon, and in turn the rest of the solar system. This presentation will review some of the scientific findings of the Apollo missions, and others since, as well as future possible missions to the moon. Dr. Willie Yee is a Solar System Ambassador, sponsored by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He is past president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, and has received numerous awards for astronomical observing and education.

August Star Party

Lake Taghkanic State Park

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. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. When you RSVP that you are attending, you will be asked to provide your license plate number and your make and model car. We need this to provide to the Park management who will then provide it to the State Police and State Park Police. If you are not on the list, you are not supposed to be there as we are there after park hours. If you are there and not 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: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf As usual, we will be in the West Beach parking lot at Lake Taghkanic. 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. Keep in mind that it can be very cold at night by a lake, especially after standing around for a while. General advice for winter observing, at the lake or elsewhere, is to dress for 20 degrees colder than the forecast, and to dress in layers that you can add or take off as needed.

Monthly Meeting - Projects Night

Science Hall

Come and see what club members have been tinkering on this year. Bring your own project and show it off to everyone else. This meeting will be an informal presentation of projects by club members and others, all somehow related to astronomy (of course). Everybody is welcome, even if it's just to show a new eyepiece or scope As usual, we will have a brief business meeting first, at 7:30PM, and then the presentations will start at 8:00PM. And as usual, some of us will likely head to a nearby diner afterwards to chat more about astronomy. Like all MHAA monthly meetings, this event is open to the public - membership is not required. Please note that we will meet in Science Hall room 181 (at the corner of Manheim and Plattekill), not the auditorium we usually (often) meet in.

August (part 2) Star Party

Lake Taghkanic State Park

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. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. When you RSVP that you are attending, you will be asked to provide your license plate number and your make and model car. We need this to provide to the Park management who will then provide it to the State Police and State Park Police. If you are not on the list, you are not supposed to be there as we are there after park hours. If you are there and not 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: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf As usual, we will be in the West Beach parking lot at Lake Taghkanic. 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. Keep in mind that it can be very cold at night by a lake, especially after standing around for a while. General advice for winter observing, at the lake or elsewhere, is to dress for 20 degrees colder than the forecast, and to dress in layers that you can add or take off as needed.

Past events (425)

Walkway at Night - NO TELESCOPES

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

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