Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Meeting and Election of Officers

Our annual meeting is this week, so if you'd like to be an officer or serve on a committee, this is the meeting for you! Join us Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm at Atlantic Aviation, 6060 South Aviation Avenue #99, North Charleston, SC 29406. And if you want help with your telescope, bring it along with the manual, and we'll take a look at it after the meeting. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

See the ISS cross the moon or the sun

Every time I see someone's photo of the ISS crossing the moon or the sun, I consider it a rare event, but with this website, it makes it seem like it happens all the time. When I checked the website for passes within 25 kilometers (about 15 miles), there was one solar and one lunar transit in the next 30 days, but there were four close passes. As it turns out, those close passes turn into transits if you're willing to travel 20 miles. So it appears that this DOES happen all the time. Go out and watch this some time, and if you get a picture of it, post it on our Facebook page. I'll be doing the same.

How to see the space station fly in front of the moon

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Clear last night...and tonight for Astronomy in the Park


It was clear last night for observing at Mullet Hall, although it got a little dewy by about 10pm. I got some good photos, and then got up early to take another one this morning. The weather is supposed to be clear again tonight, which means it will be a very good night to visit us at Brittlebank Park for Astronomy in the Park. We're there almost every Wednesday around sunset, so come see us!

Detail of Orion


Flame and Horsehead Nebulas

California Nebula



Orion Nebula

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Break out that new (or old) scope in your closet

Did you get a telescope over the holidays? Or do you have one collecting dust in a closet somewhere? If you'd like to learn how to use it, we can help. Bring your scope, along with any and all manuals you have, to one of our monthly meetings. When the meeting is over, we'll do our best to help you learn how to use your telescope.

And don't forget to read about all the cool things you can point it at!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What was the Carrington Event?

Richard Carrington’s sketch of the sunspots
seen just before the 1859 Carrington event.
(credit: universetoday.com)
Many people only think of night when they think of astronomy, but a lot of interesting stuff happens during the day too.

Imagine what a huge solar flare could do to the nascent electrical and communications grids of 1859.

That was the Carrington Event.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Newsletter

Our January newsletter is out. Check it out here. You can also view past issues by using the link to the right.