"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"

 

2021 Bootleg Star Parties!!! 

 

2021 Bootleg Spring Star Party - June 10th-13th!

 

2021 Bootleg Fall Star Party - September 9th-12th!

 

Send in your registration forms, as early registration ends Saturday, September 12th!  (if the Star Party cannot be held as a group event, as was the case in the spring, then your registration fee will be refunded and you will just have to pay for your nightly camping fee)! 

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The Bootleg Star Party Registration Form is available HERE  (pre-registration deadline is May 29th)

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*** Due to the number of people doing imaging at the Bootleg Star Parties, Bootleg Management is indicating that Green Lasers will not be permitted starting one hour after sunset ***

 

For directions, go to www.google.com and enter "Green River Conservation", then click "maps" or "directions" and you will be able to enter your starting point for custom directions.

 

 

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for June 2021   (from skymaps.com)
 
1 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −2.4.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
2 Last Quarter Moon at 7:25 UT.
8 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 406,228 km; angular size 29.4').
8 Moon near the Pleiades (18 from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
10 New Moon at 10:53 UT. Start of lunation 1218.
10 Annular Solar Eclipse from 9:50 to 11:34 UT. Greatest eclipse at 10:43 UT. The path of annularity extends across northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia. Partial eclipse in N. America, Europe and Asia.
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2021 June 10 (GIF) (NASA)
Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Total Solar Eclipses: How common are they in the Solar System? (video) (ASSA/YouTube)
11 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
12 Venus 1.5 SSW of Moon (20 from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. −3.9.
Venus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Castor at 2h UT (evening sky).
13 Moon near Pollux at 7h UT (evening sky).
13 Moon near Mars (38 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 1.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 9h UT. The Beehive is a lovely sight in binoculars.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
16 Moon near Regulus at 4h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
18 First Quarter Moon at 3:54 UT.
19 Venus 8.7 S of Castor (23 from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −3.9.
20 Moon near Spica at 4h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
21 June solstice at 3:32 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
June Solstice (Wikipedia)
Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
21 Venus 5.2 S of Pollux (23 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −3.9.
23 Moon near Antares at 7h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 9:52 UT (distance 359,956 km; angular size 33.2').
23 Mars 0.03 SE of Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag. 1.8. Mars will present a beautiful sight as it traverses M44.
24 Full Moon at 18:39 UT.
27 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 0.4.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −2.6.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)

 

Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)