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The 2018 Bootleg Star Party dates are:

Bootleg Spring Star Party: June 7-10

Bootleg Fall Star Party: September 6-9    

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(The 2017 Bootleg Fall Star Party was held on September 21-24)


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Pre-registration deadline is Saturday, May 26th!!!  So hurry and get your forms in the mail! 

All forms must be postmarked no later than May 26th to qualify for early registration.

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for November 2017   (from skymaps.com)
4 Full Moon at 5:23 UT.
5 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 11h UT.
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0:21 UT (361,438 km; angular size 33.1').
6 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 1h UT. Occultation visible from east USA, Canada, Greenland, north Europe.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
10 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 2 UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
10 Last Quarter Moon at 20:37 UT.
11 Moon near Regulus (79 from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Occultation visible from NE Asia and S Alaska.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
12 Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks. Meteors often appear slow moving (28 km/sec) with the occasional very bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
12 Mercury 2.2 N of Antares (20 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. −0.3 and 1.0.
13 Venus 0.26 NNE of Jupiter (14 from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. −3.9 and −1.7.
15 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. 1.8.
15 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 20h UT.
17 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within 4.9 circle (15 from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. −3.9 and −1.7.
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 17h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour under dark skies.
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
Leonids Over Monument Valley (APOD)
18 New Moon at 11:42 UT. Start of lunation 1174.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Mercury (22 from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT.
21 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.5.
21 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 406,132 km; angular size 29.4').
26 First Quarter Moon at 17:02 UT.
27 Moon near Neptune (96 from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mag. 7.9. Occultation visible from Antarctica.
29 Mars 3.1 NNE of Spica (morning sky) at 23h UT. Mags. 1.7 and 1.0.
>>> 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)