"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


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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*** 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 ***


CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2018 Bootleg Spring Star Party Registration Form

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 March 2018   (from skymaps.com)
1 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 6h UT.
2 Full Moon at 0:51 UT.
4 Mercury 1.1 NW of Venus (13 from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −1.2 and −3.9.
5 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 2h UT.
7 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. −2.2.
8 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 18h UT.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 11:22 UT.
10 Moon near Mars (84 from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.7.
11 Moon near Saturn (72 from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.5.
11 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 404,678 km; angular size 29.5').
15 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18 from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mag. −0.3.
17 New Moon at 13:13 UT. Start of lunation 1178.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
18 Moon near Venus (17 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mercury nearby. Mags. −3.9 and 0.3.
19 Mercury 3.8 from Venus (18 from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Moon nearby. Mags. 0.5 and −3.9.
20 Vernal equinox at 16:15 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the ecliptic where it crosses into the northern celestial hemisphere marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Vernal Equinox (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near the Pleiades at 6h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 23h UT.
24 First Quarter Moon at 15:13 UT.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (369,106 km; angular size 32.4').
27 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
28 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 15h UT.
31 Full Moon at 12:37 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)