"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


The 2017 Bootleg Fall Star Party 

will be held on September 21st-24th!    

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(The 2017 Bootleg Spring Star Party was held on May 18th-21st)


CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2017 Fall Bootleg Star Party Registration Form

Pre-registration deadline is Saturday, September 9th!!!  So hurry and get your forms in the mail! 

All forms must be postmarked no later than September 9th to qualify for early registration.

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for September 2017   (from skymaps.com)
1 Venus 1.2 SSW of Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −4.0.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
6 Moon 0.7 SSE of Neptune (178 from Sun, midnight sky) at 5h UT. Mag. +7.8.
6 Full Moon at 7:04 UT.
10 Mercury 0.6 S of Regulus (18 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mags. 0.2 and 1.3.
11 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 20h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
12 Jupiter 3.1 NNE of Spica (35 from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. −1.7 and 1.0.
12 Mercury at greatest elongation west (18 from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.6.
12 Moon near Aldebaran (100 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Occultation visible from Hawaii & western USA.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
13 Last Quarter Moon at 6:26 UT.
13 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 16:11 UT (369,800 km; angular size 32.3').
14 Mercury 10.9 ESE of Venus (29 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mags. −0.6 and −3.9.
16 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 15h UT.
16 Mercury 0.06 NNE of Mars (17 from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT. Mags. −0.7 and 1.8.
18 Moon, Venus and Regulus within 2.4 circle (25 from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.3. Occultation of Venus visible from Indian Ocean.
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
18 Moon, Mercury and Mars within 1.8 circle (17 from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Mags. −0.9 and 1.8.
20 Venus 0.5 NNE of Regulus (27 from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −3.9.
20 New Moon at 5:30 UT. Start of lunation 1172.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 6h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −1.7.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
22 September equinox at 20:02 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the ecliptic where it crosses into the southern celestial hemisphere marking the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
Equinox (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
27 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 7h UT (distance 404,348 km; angular size 29.6').
28 First Quarter Moon at 2:54 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)