We know it's been a while since we've had a star party! The reason is not hard to find - look up in the sky! This has been a historically difficult spring in terms of clear skies. Since January 1st, we've been able to use NSO to its full capabilities less than ten times! Then, if we factor in evenings in which the moon has not been full or near full, the number drops even more! I taught an astronomy class, and, to my great regret, was not able to schedule a SINGLE observing night that happened when the temperatures weren't frigid and the skies were clear! (I also plotted an analemma - the path that the sun traces in the sky from day to day when looked at the same time - in my classroom and was only able to get five data points!)
That having been said, we're going to really try to schedule one the week of June 26, probably near the end of the week. Watch for an announcement here! And, if you're on our email list, you'll get a message announcing the star party! Let's all hope for....
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Operators of the NSO and teachers in local high school and middle schools.