Star Gazing with Southern Maine Astronomers
August 11, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Southern Maine Astronomers (SMA) will lead an exploration of the night sky, including viewing the moon, Jupiter and Saturn, Venus (and maybe Mars and Mercury if you come before sunset!). They will also provide a laser tour of the visible constellations and some telescopic views of deep sky objects such as star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. The real show, it is hoped, will be the Perseid Meteor Shower, the best meteor shower of the year. Without a bright moon we have a good chance to see this remnant trail of Comet 109P Swift-Tuttle from 1992.
How to prepare:
- When you arrive, please be sure to keep your headlights on low beam, avoid pointing your headlights toward the market green if possible, and SHUT OFF your headlights as soon as you possibly can – the bright glare ruins night vision for those trying to look at the stars.
- Bring a blanket to lay on as meteor showers are best observed laying back with eyes wide open.
- Bring bug spray!
- Bring warmer clothes to put on: a warmer jacket and a hat. Warmer, more waterproof footwear is a good idea too.
- Bring a red flashlight, headlamp, or cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane or a stretched a red balloon, to help preserve night vision.
- “Study” this SkyMap for learning the August night sky. Scroll down and click on “Download” for August in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s two sided.
- Bring binoculars if you have them and find binocular targets on the SkyMap.
Community members with telescopes can come as early as 7:00pm to set up. Astronomy Club members will help any who have been confounded in getting their telescopes to “work right.” Club members will bring scopes as well.
This event is free, but please register!
We would like to be able to reach you in the event of poor weather/cancellation.
Rain date will be the following evening, Thursday 8/12 from 8:00-10:00pm.
Venue: Crystal Spring Farm - South