Grand Traverse Astronomical Society 2017 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.

Events will be canceled due to cloudy or inclement weather.

Day

Date

Time

Location

Comments

Saturday

February 25

7 – 9 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Venus, Great Orion Nebula

Friday

March 3*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Mars early, Orion Nebula, Moon

Friday

Aptil 7*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Mars early, Orion Nebula, Moon, Jupiter

Saturday

April 22

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Jupiter, Dark after 10 p.m.

Saturday

April 29

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Astronomy Day, Moon, Jupiter

Friday

May 5*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Jupiter

Thu,Fri,Sat

May 11, 12, 13

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

1473 Birmley Rd
Traverse City, MI

Annual yard sale

Saturday

May 13

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Stop #3

Jupiter, Dark after 10:20 p.m.

Saturday

May 20

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Jupiter, Saturn late

Sunday

May 21

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NMC Campus

NMC Barbecue: Sun, Meteorites, Exhibits

Friday

June 2*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

June 3

9-11 p.m.

Betsie Valley District Library – Thompsonville

Twilight Talk: Exploring the Moon

Viewing: The Moon and Jupiter

Tuesday

June 13

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

La Senorita Rest.
Garfield Ave.

GTAS Fundraiser

Saturday

June 16

9-11 p.m.

Betsie Valley District Library

Rain date in case June 3rd is cloudy

Saturday

June 17

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

June 24

4-6 pm & 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Sun & Jupiter, Saturn, Twilight till 11 p.m.

Friday

July 7*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

July 22

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Jupiter early, Saturn, Dark late

Saturday

July 29

4-6 pm & 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Sun & Jupiter, Saturn, Twilight till 11 p.m.

Friday

August 4

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Jupiter early, Moon, Saturn

Friday

August 11

5-11 p.m.

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live

Saturday

August 12

4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL-Thoreson

Solar Viewing afternoon
Meteors & Saturn evening

Friday

August 18

5:30 p.m. to ?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live

Monday

August 21

12:50-3:40 p.m.

SBDNL-Dune Climb

Partial Solar Eclipse.

Friday

August 25

5:30 p.m. to ?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live

Saturday

August 26

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon early, Saturn

Friday

September 1*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon early, Saturn

Saturday

September 16

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fishtown, Leland MI

Leland Heritage Festival

Saturday

September 16

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Saturn, Dark skies, Summer Milky Way

Saturday

September 23

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Flintfields Horse Pk
Bates Rd, Acme

Acme Fall Festival

Saturday

September 23

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL Dune Climb

Saturn Early, Dark

Friday

October 6*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Saturn

Saturday

October 21

8-10 p.m.

SBDNL-Pierce Stkg
Stop 3

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
47th Anniversary Star Party

Friday

November 3*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon

Friday

December 1*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon


* These dates the viewing session is preceded by a meeting and program by the GTAS at 8 p.m. While 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 societies FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/GT-Astro/302863949922366

Explanation Key

SBDNLSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

- 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 02/18/17. Changes can be made at any time, so check often.