Grand Traverse Astronomical Society 2018 Star Party and Event Schedule

Northwestern Michigan College's Joseph H. Rogers Observatory, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and other locations.

Note: This schedule is subject to change so check often. Previous events will be removed.

At this time only NMC Observatory events are firm. The dates and locations for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) have been submitted to them for approval. Placeholders for other events are shown based on last year’s schedule, which is why many dates are shown with question marks.

Outdoor events will be canceled due to cloudy or inclement weather.

Day

Date

Time

Location

Comments

Friday

Aptil 6*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Venus early, Orion Nebula

Saturday

April 14

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL- Platte River Point

Venus til after 10, Orion Nebula after 9:30 (twilight)

Saturday

April 21

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Astronomy Day, Venus early, Moon, Jupiter late from dome

Friday

May 4*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Venus, Moon, Jupiter after 10 p.m.

Thu,Fri,Sat

May 10,11,12

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

1473 Birmley Rd
Traverse City, MI

Annual yard sale, need donations by the 9th

Saturday

May 19

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Moon, Jupiter

Sunday

May 20

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NMC Campus

NMC Barbecue: Sun, Meteorites, Exhibits

Saturday

May 26

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Venus, 93% gibbous Moon, Jupiter

Friday

June 1*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Jupiter, Binary stars

Tuesday

June 12

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

La Senorita Rest.
Garfield Ave.

GTAS Fundraiser.

Saturday

June 16

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Venus, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn late from dome

Saturday

June 23

☼4-6 pm & 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Solar Viewing afternoon, Venus, 85% Moon

Friday

July 6*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Venus, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

July 21

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Venus, Bright Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars late

Saturday

July 14

☼4-6 pm & 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL - Dune Climb

Solar Viewing afternoon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn,

Friday

August 3

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Venus early, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars late

Friday

August 10

5-11 p.m.

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live

Saturday

August 11

☼4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL-Thoreson or Dechow farm

Solar Viewing afternoon, Venus early, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars late and Meteors Dark after 10 p.m. (Milky Way)

Friday

August 17

5:30 p.m. to ?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live: Sun, Moon after 9 p.m.

Saturday

August 18

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars

Friday

August 24

5:30 p.m. to ?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live, Jupiter early, Saturn, Moon late

Friday

September 7*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Jupiter early, Saturn, Mars, summer Milky Way

Saturday

September 8

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Mars, Saturn, summer Milky Way and deep sky objects after 9:30

Saturday

September 15

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fishtown, Leland MI

Leland Heritage Festival: Sun

Saturday

September 15

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Jupiter early, Moon, Saturn, Mars

Saturday

September 29

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Flintfields Horse Pk
Bates Rd, Acme

Acme Fall Festival: Sun

Friday

October 5*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Mars Saturn

Saturday

October 20

8 p.m. -?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

International Observe the Moon Night

Sunday

October 21

8-10 p.m.

SBDNL-Dune Climb

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
48th Anniversary Star Party

Friday

November 2*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Saturn early, Mars, Great Andromeda Galaxy, Great Orion Nebula

Friday

December 7*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Mars, Great Andromeda Galaxy, Great Orion Nebula


* On these dates the viewing session is preceded by a meeting and program by the GTAS at 8 p.m. Normally meetings are on the first Friday of the month, except August where there is a star party only. All are welcome to these meetings.



See www.gtastro.org for updated outreach events around the area.

Also go to the society’s FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/GT-Astro/302863949922366

Explanation Key

SBDNLSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Dates with question mark have not yet been approved by the park.

- Sun viewing


Conditions:

Dark - Dark skies. Deep Sky Objects (DSOs: star clusters, nebulae and galaxies) visible depending on the season.

Twilight - Twilight lasts through out the viewing period. Some Deep Sky Objects may be visible near the end of the viewing period.

Objects other than planets:

Orion Nebula - A stellar nursery 1,800 light years away. The best and closest such object. Visible on winter evenings.

Summer Milky Way - Many Deep Sky Objects are visible in our galaxy. The Milky Way is best seen on August and September evenings with the moon out of the sky. This also means dark skies.

In Case of Inclement Weather:

NMC Rogers Observatory star parties:

Other star parties will be canceled.

Festival events will have exhibits only if observing is not possible.


Fees:

The GTAS does not collect fees, however we do accept donations. In some venues we cannot solicit donations, such as at NMC or Sleeping Bear Dunes who collect their own fees. If we can solicit donations we will have our donation jars out if you'd like to contribute. We also accept donations of used telescopes which we either can use for star parties or resell at our annual yard sale.


The GTAS is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization subsisting on membership dues, and donations, which are tax deductible.

For more information on events at the Rogers Observatory call (231)995-2300

For more information on events sponsored by the GTAS go to www.gtastro.org 

Link to MapQuest map of the Rogers Observatory, Traverse City, MI (drive entrance)

Schedule as of 03/25/18. Changes can be made at any time, so check often.