Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lunar Eclipse Event Sunday

Cloud cover will probably make observing the lunar eclipse very unlikely, but the Lowcountry Stargazers will be at James Island County Park, should anyone show up. If anyone wants to join us, you are very welcomed. Perhaps we can study types of clouds!

Weather permitting the Lowcountry Stargazers will be hosting a Lunar Eclipse Watch at James Island County Park on Sunday, September 27th from 8-11pm. This will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from the Charleston area until 2019.  Not only that, it is also a Supermoon, and it's the night of the Harvest Moon.

Beginning at 8pm you can learn how lunar eclipses happen.  Then around 9pm, you will be able to see the earth's shadow taking ever larger bites out of the moon until just after 10pm, when the moon will be fully eclipsed, and will likely turn a ruddy shade of red.

Just a reminder that there is a $1 park entrance fee.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Meeting Location

Beginning with the monthly meeting on 1 October 2015 we will move to our new location is at St. Paul's Church (school) at 111 Waring St in Summerville, SC.
We will meet in a classroom on the 2nd floor (room number to be provided as we get closer to the meeting date).
Meeting times are from 7 pm to 9 pm. These meetings are free, open to the public and open to all ages.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Annual Club Picnic CANCELLED

Due to weather concerns for Saturday evening, our annual picnic has been postponed.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will let everyone know when it is rescheduled.

The Lowcountry Stargazers will hold its annual picnic on Saturday, September 12th beginning at 5:00PM at Roxbury Park.  Weather permitting, the picnic will be followed by a night of stargazing.  The public is invited to join us.

Anyone attending is asked to bring their own food (meat) to cook, along with an item to share. Items to share can include:
    - side dishes
    - water or soft drinks
    - chips
    - desserts
    - etc.

In order to have a good estimate of attendees, please RSVP by emailing Jay Messeroff. If you are attending, please include in your RSVP the item you are bringing to share.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Lowcountry Stargazers have scheduled Perseid meteor watches on the mornings of August 13th and 14th at Roxbury Park and Givhans Ferry State Park. One of the major meteor showers of the year, the Perseids reach peak activity under very favorable conditions. The shower is predicted to reach maximum activity early Thursday morning, August 13th, one day before new moon!

Weather permitting, the club will be observing from Roxbury Park Wednesday night until sometime early Thursday morning. The following night, members will observe from Givhans Ferry State Park. Club members, as well as the public, are invited to attend one or both sessions.

It is suggested that those wishing to attend contact the club in order to stay updated on possible cancellations due to weather. Please contact Jim Hoffman.

This is the most popular meteor shower of the year due to the combination of high numbers of meteors and warm weather. Typically, most of the activity occurs on the mornings of August 12, 13 and 14th. The brighter members of this shower are often colorful and produce long-lasting trains. This shower is nearly invisible from the Southern Hemisphere due to the northerly declination of its radiant. The Perseids are associated with Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle which visited the inner solar system in 1992.

For more information on this shower, click here.
For more information on meteor observing, visit the International Meteor Organization.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Public Telescope Workshop on July 18th

Join members of the Lowcountry Stargazers for a telescope workshop on Saturday, July 18th at Roxbury Park. Starting at 7:00 pm, new or beginning observers can obtain assistance from club members in assembling, setting up, or using their telescope.  To assist the club in providing help, we ask those planning to attend sign up by sending an email to Mark Davis and include your name, make, and model of telescope you are bringing. A user’s manual would be extremely helpful. If you do not have one, most likely they can be found at the manufacturer's website.

After you have learned to assemble and set up your telescope, you are invited to stay with us at the park for a night of observing, weather permitting. Dress appropriately, bring bug spray, drinks and snacks, and enjoy a night of observing under some of the darkest skies in the Charleston area.

For more information please contact Mark Davis. For directions to or more information about Roxbury Park, click here, or visit our observing page.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"The Moon and Planets" Skywatching at The Ponds

Weather permitting, we will be holding an event at The Ponds focused on the moon and visible planets.  The moon will be just past first quarter phase, Jupiter and Venus are getting closer to each other in the evening sky, and Saturn will be toward the east.  All of this means that now is a great time for planet-watching.

Join us at The Ponds, Friday, June 26th at 8:30pm for moon and planet watching.  In addition, we will be holding a mini telescope workshop before the event at 7:30pm, so, if you have a telescope that's just collecting dust and want to start using it, come out early and we'll help.  In order for us to be the most help, please email us ahead of time with the make and model of your scope, and bring the user's manual if you have one.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Join us for our June meeting

The Lowcountry Stargazers will hold their next meeting on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm, at Atlantic Aviation, 6060 S Aviation Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406.  We'll be talking about what's in the sky this month, future events - including the 2017 total solar eclipse, and there will be a presentation on how to get started with astrophotography.  Hope to see everyone there!