"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


2021 Bootleg Star Parties!!! 


2021 Bootleg Spring Star Party - June 10th-13th!


2021 Bootleg Fall Star Party - September 9th-12th!

The 2021 Bootleg Star Parties are now in the history books.  They were a huge success!

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The Bootleg Fall Star Party Registration Form is available HERE  (pre-registration deadline is August 28th) 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 ***


For directions, go to www.google.com and enter "Green River Conservation", then click "maps" or "directions" and you will be able to enter your starting point for custom directions.



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2008 Prairie Skies Star Party Pictures 

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for October 2021   (from skymaps.com)
1 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 16h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
2 Mercury 1.5 SSW of Spica at 10h UT (15 from Sun, evening sky). Mags. 1.9 and 1.0.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
Spica (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Regulus at 10h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
6 New Moon at 11:05 UT. Start of lunation 1222.
8 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 17:28 UT (distance 363,386 km; angular size 32.9').
9 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 16h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
9 Moon near Venus at 21h UT (evening sky). Mag. −4.2.
Venus (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Antares at 9h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
13 First Quarter Moon at 3:26 UT.
14 Moon near Saturn at 9h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Jupiter at 13h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.6.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
16 Venus 1.4 NNE of Antares at 21h UT (47 from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −4.3 and 1.0.
20 Full Moon at 14:56 UT.
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks at 5h UT. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (67 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Visibility is reduced due to bright moonlight this year.
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
23 Moon near the Pleiades at 10h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Aldebaran at 4h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
24 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 405,615 km; angular size 29.5').
25 Mercury at greatest elongation west at 5h UT (18 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.5.
27 Moon near Castor at 16h UT (morning sky).
27 Moon near Pollux at 21h UT (morning sky).
28 Venus at dichotomy (D-shape phase) at 14h UT (evening sky).
Drawings of Venus at Dichotomy (BAA)
28 Last Quarter Moon at 20:06 UT.
29 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 0h UT (morning sky).
29 Venus at greatest elongation east at 21h UT (47 from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.4.
30 Moon near Regulus at 19h UT (morning 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)