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2020 Bootleg Star Parties!!! 


2020 Bootleg Fall Star Party - September 17th-20th!

Bootleg Fall Star Party Update: We had THREE CLEAR NIGHTS at the fall star party!  A great time was had by all who attended! .

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 September 12th)

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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 November 2020   (from skymaps.com)
2 Moon near the Pleiades at 12h UT (morning sky).
3 Moon near Aldebaran at 6h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Castor at 15h UT (morning sky).
6 Moon near Pollux at 20h UT (morning sky).
7 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 22h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
8 Last Quarter Moon at 13:46 UT.
9 Moon near Regulus at 14h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
10 Mercury at greatest elongation west (19 from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. −0.5.
13 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −4.0.
Venus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Spica at 8h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Mercury at 23h UT (19 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.7.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11:49 UT (distance 357,837 km; angular size 33.4').
15 New Moon at 5:08 UT. Start of lunation 1211.
16 Venus 3.8 NNE of Spica (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mags. −4.0 and 1.0.
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 11h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10−15 meteors per hour under dark skies.
19 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
22 First Quarter Moon at 4:45 UT.
26 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −1.5.
Mars (Wikipedia)
27 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 405,894 km; angular size 29.4').
29 Moon near the Pleiades at 19h UT (midnight sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
30 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 7:32 to 11:53 UT, mid-eclipse at 9:43 UT. Best seen at mid-eclipse. Visible worldwide except from Africa, Europe, and far western Asia.
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2020 November 30 (PDF) (NASA)
30 Full Moon at 9:31 UT.
30 Moon near Aldebaran at 12h UT (midnight sky).
>>> 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)