"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


The 2015 Bootleg Star Party is in the History Books!   Everyone who attended had a great time!  Thank You to those who supported the Star Party! 

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2008 Prairie Skies Star Party Pictures 

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for June 2015   (from skymaps.com)
1 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.1.
2 Moon near Antares (midnight sky) at 12h UT.
2 Full Moon at 16:19 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
6 Venus at greatest elongation, 45 east of Sun (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -4.3.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 15:42 UT.
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5h UT (369,711 km; angular size 32.3').
13 Venus 0.8 NNE of Beehive cluster (45 from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -4.3.
14 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 17h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Mercury (19 from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. +1.8.
15 Moon near Aldebaran (15 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT.
16 New Moon at 14:05 UT. Start of lunation 1144.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Beehive cluster (39 from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -4.4.
20 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. -1.8.
21 June solstice at 16:38 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 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 19h UT.
23 Mercury 2.0 NNW of Aldebaran (22 from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mags. +0.7 and +0.8.
23 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 404,132 km; angular size 29.6').
24 First Quarter Moon at 11:03 UT.
24 Mercury at greatest elongation, 23 west of Sun (morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag +0.6.
26 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 4h UT.
29 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. +0.2.
>>> 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)