Wednesday, April 27, 2016

See the Transit of Mercury at James Island County Park

Join the Lowcountry Stargazers for a rare daytime astronomy event! While it's not unique, it isn't very often that Mercury crosses the face of the Sun. Weather permitting, we will be set up at James Island County Park in the meadow with solar telescopes and other equipment to safely view the sun.

Though the transit starts at 6:12am, our event begins around 8am, when the park opens, and runs until about 2pm, when the transit is over. (There is a small entrance fee for the park.)

Come join us for this rare daytime astronomy event!

Monday, April 11, 2016

RESCHEDULED - International Dark Sky Week Observing Event

UPDATE: Friday's event has been cancelled due to the weather, but we are hoping that it cooperates on Saturday.

2016 is the 100th birthday of our National Parks and as part of their centennial celebration, programs are being held across the country in conjunction with April's International Dark Sky Week. Locally, our club is joining the National Park Service (NPS) on Sullivan's Island to provide opportunities for the public to view the night sky through telescopes and binoculars.

There will be a brief presentation inside the Lifesaving Station before visitors are escorted to the stargazing field. In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016.

This event will be held from 8:30-10pm at the Historic Lifesaving Station (next to the lighthouse), 1815 I'On Ave, Sullivan's Island, SC.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Public Stargazing at The Ponds of Summerville

Weather permitting, the Lowcountry Stargazers will be holding a public stargazing event at The Ponds of Summerville, Saturday, April 9th at 8:30pm. We'll have telescopes and binoculars set up in a nearby field, ready to get a look at the celestial sights, including the moon and Jupiter.

For directions, click here.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Special Event Thursday / Meeting Time/Location Change

The April meeting of the Lowcountry Stargazers will be paired with a special event this week. Instead of our usual time and place, we will be meeting at The Citadel for an astronomy presentation, with our club meeting to follow.

Professor Luke Sollitt will give a presentation on Neutrinos, The presentation will be in the Copeland Auditorium, 117 Grimsley Hall, and our meeting will be in Grimsley 208 following the special event.

The Citadel is located at 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston. To locate Grimsley Hall, please see the campus map.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Astronomy in the Park starts in March

Starting on March 2nd, the Lowcountry Stargazers will host "Astronomy in the Park" at Brittlebank Park, most Wednesdays from 6-10pm, weather permitting. Stop by after work or before dinner and see what the universe has to offer. Our members will have a telescope or two set up, and will be available to answer your questions about the night sky.

We will set up at the north end of the park opposite the Marriott Hotel, and for those attending, we ask that you park in designated parking spaces, and not on the grass.

For a listing of "Astronomy in the Park" dates or any of our other events, please click here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CANCELLED - An Evening of Stargazing at the Public Library

Unfortunately, the weather does not look promising tomorrow night, and the library has cancelled this event. Hopefully, we will be able to reschedule sometime in the future.

Weather permitting, the main library at 68 Calhoun Street will be hosting a stargazing event with the Lowcountry Stargazers on Thursday, November 19th from 6-7:30pm.  The moon will be in an ideal position for viewing, and telescopes will be set up in front of the library. Club members will discuss telescopes and related equipment.  So, please join us for an evening under the stars!

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.