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2019 Bootleg Star Party!!! 


The 2019 Bootleg Star Party dates are:

Bootleg Spring Star Party - May 30th - June 2nd!

Bootleg Fall Start Party - September 26th - 29th.

The Bootleg Spring Star Party Registration Form will be available soon.

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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 ***


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Upcoming Observing Highlights for January 2019   (from skymaps.com)
1 Moon near Venus (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −4.5.
3 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 5h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983301 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
• Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
3 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. −1.8.
4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 2h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boφtes.
• Quadrantids (Wikipedia)
• 2019 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
6 New Moon at 1:28 UT. Start of lunation 1188.
• Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
6 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 1:41 UT (greatest). Visible from NE Asia and north Pacific. Begins at 23:34 (Jan 5) and ends at 3:49 UT.
• Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
• NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
• Partial Solar Eclipse of 2019 January 6 (GIF) (NASA)
6 Venus at greatest elongation west (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. −4.4.
9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 406,117 km; angular size 29.4').
13 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.6.
• Mars (Wikipedia)
14 First Quarter Moon at 6:45 UT.
16 Venus 7.8° N of Antares (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mags. −4.4 and 1.1. Jupiter nearby.
17 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 1h UT.
• The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 19h UT.
• Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
21 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 4:41 UT and ends at 5:43 UT. Mid-eclipse at 5:13 UT. Partial phases begin at 3:34 UT and end at 6:51 UT. Moon appears red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth's sunsets). Visible from central Pacific, North and South America, Europe, and Africa.
• Lunar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
• NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
• Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 January 21 (PDF) (NASA)
21 Full Moon at 5:16 UT.
• Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20:00 UT (357,342 km; angular size 33.4').
22 Venus 2.4° N of Jupiter (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mags. −4.3 and −1.8. A spectacular sight over several days.
23 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 4h UT.
• Regulus (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 21h UT.
27 Last Quarter Moon at 21:11 UT.
31 Moon near Jupiter (53° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −1.9.
31 Moon near Venus (45° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. −4.3. Spectacular occultation visible from w South America and Polynesia.
• Venus (Wikipedia)
• Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
30 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 15h UT.
>>> 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)