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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 October 2020   (from skymaps.com)
1 Mercury at greatest elongation east (26° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. 0.1.
1 Full Moon at 21:06 UT.
3 Venus 0.1° S of Regulus (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mags. −4.1 & 1.4.
3 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. −2.5. Occultation visible from southern South America.
• Mars (Wikipedia)
• Occultation of Mars (IOTA)
3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 406,321 km; angular size 29.4').
6 Moon near the Pleiades at 6h UT (morning sky).
• The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
6 Mars nearest to Earth at 14h UT (62.1 million km).
7 Moon near Aldebaran at 0h UT (morning sky).
10 Last Quarter Moon at 0:40 UT.
10 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 9h UT.
10 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 14h UT.
11 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (71° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
• Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
13 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 6h UT.
• Regulus (Wikipedia)
13 Mars at opposition at 23h UT. Mag. −2.6. The brightest the red planet will appear till 2035.
14 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. −4.0.
• Venus (Wikipedia)
16 New Moon at 19:31 UT. Start of lunation 1210.
16 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23:57 UT (distance 356,912 km; angular size 33.5').
19 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 23h UT.
• Antares (Wikipedia)
20 Orionid meteor shower peaks at 23h 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 OrionΥs club asterism. Best observed after midnight on nights of Oct 20-21.
• Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
22 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −2.2.
• Jupiter (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. 0.6.
• Saturn (Wikipedia)
23 First Quarter Moon at 13:23 UT.
25 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 18h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
29 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. −2.2.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 406,394 km; angular size 29.4').
31 Full Moon at 14:50 UT.
31 Uranus at opposition at 16h UT. Mag. 5.7.
• Uranus (Wikipedia)
>>> 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)