"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 June 2017   (from skymaps.com)
1 First Quarter Moon at 12:42 UT.
3 Venus 1.7 SSE of Uranus at 5h UT. Mags. −4.3 and 5.9.
3 Venus at greatest elongation west (46 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag −4.3.
4 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −2.2.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Antares (midnight sky) at 20h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
8 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 406,401 km; angular size 29.4').
9 Full Moon at 13:10 UT.
10 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.0.
15 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 10h UT. The ringed planet is at its closest and brightest at Mag. +0.0. Saturn's rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Neptune (101 from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Occultation visible from southern South Pacific Ocean. Mag. 7.9.
17 Last Quarter Moon at 11:34 UT.
20 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −4.2.
21 June solstice at 4:24 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
June Solstice (Wikipedia)
Equinoxes and Solstices from Space (NASA)
21 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 14h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
21 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 23h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Aldebaran (22 from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10:52 UT (357,937 km; angular size 33.4').
24 New Moon at 2:32 UT. Start of lunation 1169.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 11h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
28 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 1h UT. Occultation visible from west South America.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
>>> 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)