Grand Traverse Astronomical Society 2019 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.

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

Day

Date

Time

Location

Comments

Thursday

February 21

6-8 p.m.

Greenspire School

STEM Night: Exhibits, making comets, observing if clear

Friday

March 1*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Orion Nebula, Dark

Friday

Aptil 5*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Orion Nebula, Dark after 10 p.m.

Saturday

April 13?

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Moon, binary stars, brighter deep sky objects late (Twilight)

Friday

May 3*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Mars early, binary stars, brighter deep sky objects late (Twilight)

Thursday thru Saturday

May 9 - 11

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Annual GTAS Yard Sale

1473 Birmley Rd, Traverse City, MI 49596

Saturday

May 11

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Astronomy Day, Moon, Mars early, binary stars, brighter deep sky objects late (Twilight)

Sunday

May 19

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

NMC Campus

NMC Barbecue: Sun, Meteorites, Exhibits

Saturday

May 25?

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Binary stars, brighter deep sky objects late (Twilight)

Friday

June 7*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Mars, Jupiter late (Twilight)

Saturday

June 8?

☼4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Moon, Mars, Jupiter late (Twilight)

Tuesday

June 11

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

La Senorita – 2455 N. US 31 South, Traverse City (Location change)

Get ticket from Gary Carlisle at a GTAS event before this date. Eat or buy gift cards on this date and the GTAS gets 20%. We’ll have telescopes on site.

Friday

July 5*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Twilight, Mercury & Mars early, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn later

Saturday

July 6?

☼4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Twilight, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn later

Friday

August 9?

5-? p.m.

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live – Sun. After hours if clear – Moon, Jupiter & Saturn

Saturday

August 10

☼4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL-Thoreson farm

Solar Viewing afternoon, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn plus some brighter deep sky objects.

Friday

August 16?

5-? p.m.

200 block Front St
Traverse City

Friday Night Live – Sun. After hours if clear – Jupiter & Saturn

Saturday

August 31?

☼4-6 p.m.& 9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Jupiter, Saturn, summer Milky Way

Friday

September 6*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

September 21

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fishtown, Leland MI

Leland Heritage Festival: Sun

Saturday

September 21?

9-11 p.m.

SBDNL – Dune Climb

Jupiter, Saturn, summer Milky Way

Saturday

September 28

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Flintfields Horse Park
Bates Rd, Acme

Acme Fall Festival: Sun

Friday

October 4*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, the Pleiades late.

Saturday

October 5

8 p.m. -?

200 block Front St
Traverse City

International Observe the Moon Night

Monday

October 21

8-10 p.m.

SBDNL-Dune Climb

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 49th Anniversary Star Party. Saturn early, dark, Pleiades, northern Milky Way.

Friday

November 1*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Dark, Great Andromeda Galaxy, Pleiades, northern Milky Way.

Friday

December 6*

9-11 p.m.

NMC Observatory

Moon, Great Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Double Cluster


* 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. 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 brighter 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 02/13/19. Changes can be made at any time, so check often.