The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the annual meteor showers, rivaling in strength the better-known Perseid meteor shower of mid-August. This year, the Geminids reach maximum activity on the night of December 13, when as many as 120 shooting stars might be seen each hour under clear skies far removed from city lights and completely free of light pollution. We'll meet several days ahead of the peak activity to discuss the general nature of meteor showers, their origins, and the best ways to observe them. Weather permitting, we'll step outside afterward in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the Geminid shower in its early stages. There will also be viewing of the night sky through a large reflector telescope.
Stretching high overhead at this time of the year once the sun has fully set and darkness has settled in, from vantage points far removed from light-polluted city skies, is the starry river we call the Milky Way. In the indoor portion of this evening's program, we will go on a photographic tour of the celestial jewels strewn within its starry fields that are best viewed through a telescope. Such so-called deep sky objects include star clusters, stellar nurseries, supernova remnants, and more. Presented by physicist Gary Meehan
Celebrate spring's arrival by star gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy ClubGirls in grades K-5 are invited to bring a friend to register for Girl Scouts at the next North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club Star Party! We’ll look at the stars through the large telescopes at High Rock Tower and Observatory and be treated to two hands-on workshops from an amateur astronomer or GSEMA staff. Space snacks will be provided!
Calling all Ipswich River teens! Ready to take a break already from the busy school year? Join other teens at Wildwood for a weekend full of fun camp activities and meet others who share Mass Audubon connections. Activities will include:
Come to the Manchester Public Library for a fun evening of celestial observation for International Observe the Moon Night! Bring your telescopes, binoculars, or use ours as the Houghton Family and Manchester Public Library celebrate International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30 PM. We’ll have multiple scopes set up for you to use, and astro binoculars too. Light refreshments of moon pies, tang as well as moon maps, stickers, and other handouts will help us celebrate this great outdoor tradition at the library.
The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club hosts their annual 'Welcome to Astronomy' meeting at the Lanesvill Community Center! This annual event is always a crowd favorite. We’ll be featuring an even half-dozen quick, ten-minute presentations on topics of interest to anyone interested in pursuing astronomy, as well as a roomful of different scopes to inspect and ask questions about, and all the great conversation and goodies you’ve come to associate with GAAC meetings.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a late-night stargazing adventure for the whole family! The Perseids meteor shower is one of the main celestial events of the summer, with peak meteor viewing at up to 60 per hour! Join us for a hike along the Beach – and bring a blanket so you can stretch out on the sand for optimal viewing. We’ll keep our energy up with s’mores and lemonade around a bonfire. Pre-registration is required.
Have you ever wondered why we name full moons and how stars became constellations? Join us for fun nocturnal activities, storytelling in the backyard of Joppa Flats Education Center, and a starry walkabout to a nearby open field. We’ll start off indoors with pizza to fuel us up for a family-friendly walk under the Crow Moon!
The GAAC invites you to Halibut Point State Park to explore the sun and learn about this life-giving astronomical body. Celebrate International Sun Day [and the Summer solstice] with special solar viewing telescopes that will be set up around the park's Visitor's Center. Fun and educational for the whole family!
At this time of the year, the night sky is in transition. Although the winter constellations are still on prominent display, they are slowly making their way offstage to the west. Meanwhile, the stars of early spring are entering from the east. What causes this seasonal variation, what are some of the better known stars and constellations, and what celestial treasures are there for you to enjoy through a telescope? This evening's program is intended to help you find out.