SAS Activities

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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On August 21st, 2017 North America will witness one of the greatest eclipses in history. The path of totality will sweep across the entire country. Every state, including Hawaii and Alaska, will experience at least a partial eclipse. Those lucky enough to be in the 70 mile wide path of totality will experience up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness while the moon blocks the light of the sun.

Seattle, WA sits near the path of totality and will experience a 92% partial eclipse. Tourists from around the world will travel to the region to view this amazing and rare phenomenon. As one of the largest astronomy clubs in the region, the Seattle Astronomical Society is bursting with energy to share the excitement of this phenomenon. This page was created as a resource for safe viewing.

Artwork courtesy of Dr. Tyler Nordgren. This and many other posters may be purchased at www.tyler.nordgren.com

 

Moderator: Matt Dahl Matt Dahl

Astrophotography

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Astrophotography lets you capture and share the rich detail and color of the night sky. Nebulae that appear black and white when viewed through a telescope can become vibrantly colorful when captured in a long exposure photograph. This group explores all types of digital cameras and astrophotography, including capturing star trails, starscapes, constellations, the moon, planets, and deep sky objects.

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Astrophotography Contest

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Each quarter the Seattle Astronomical Society highlights an especially wonderful photo submitted by one of our members.

Each photo is displayed on the SAS Facebook page, where votes are submitted by simply "Like"ing the photo. Voting is open to both members and the public. The entry with the most votes/likes by the deadline will be our Facebook and Twitter cover photos for the whole season, as well as permanently memorialized here on the SAS webpage. Send any questions (or your entry - preferably in .jpg format) to contest@seattleastro.org.

The next astrophotography contest will be: Summer of 2017, and the voting deadline will be June 22nd, 2017.

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Banquet

Every year SAS holds its annual banquet as a means for members to come together and celebrate the past year of activities.  We also have a noted contributor to astronomy give us a presentation.  We hope you can join us every January for a bit of fun and sharing.

 

Moderator: Christopher Laurel Christopher  Laurel

General Meetings

SAS holds monthly meetings on the UW campus.

 

Moderator: Russell Coad Russell  Coad

Goldendale Star Party

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As is becoming an SAS tradition, we are having two Goldendale Star Parties in 2017: May 25 - 29 and September 14 - 18.

Brooks Memorial State Park is an incredibly dark site which offers an excellent opportunity for those of you who were unable to attend the recent Table Mountain Star Party or others in the area. If you've never visited a dark sky site for a star party, you'll be amazed.

Photo of Milky Way over Goldendale Park by Mark De Regt

 

Moderator: Mike Dole Mike  Dole

New Members Orientation

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New member orientation meetings are held three times a year to welcome new and prospective members to the club. This is an opportunity to meet other society members, to learn about the basics of visual observing and selecting equipment, and to find out more about the activities of the Seattle Astronomical Society.

No signup is necessary. If you have questions, please email Mike Dole at  orientation@seattleastro.org.

 

Moderator: David W. Ingram David W. Ingram

Outreach

ORBIT stands for OutReach Builders Team. We are the outreach arm of the Seattle Astronomical Society.

The official mission of the SAS includes outreach as one of the main efforts of the organization. However, we recognize that not all astronomers are equally interested in outreach, and the ORBIT group was created so that we will communicate outreach-related matters only to those who are interested.

 

Moderator: David W. Ingram David W. Ingram

Timber Outdoor Music Fest

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On Friday night of Timber starting at 11:30pm, guests can join astronomers from the Seattle Astronomical Societies and astrophysicists from University of Washington for a star party! Guests will be able to learn about the cosmos, gaze at distant planets and galaxies and celebrate the outdoors in the grandest way. Timber’s stargazing activity will take place in the North Meadow on the west side of the walking bridge.
Admission is free for participating astronomers.  

Overnight camping at the observing field is strongly suggested.
Visit the Timber website at http://timbermusicfest.com/summer/adventures/

Upcoming Seattle Astronomical Society Event:
Fri 7/15/2016 - Sat 7/16/2016 10 PM - 2 AM
Timber Outdoor Music Fest Star Party, Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground, 31020 NE 40th Street, Carnation, WA 98014

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Visual Observing

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Visual Observation of the Night Sky.

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Workshops

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SAS Workshops are held periodically at Theodore Jacobsen Observatory (TJO) on the UW Campus. Workshops are designed to help you become more acquainted with amateur astronomy and help you meet other SAS members. Free parking is available on campus after 12:00 noon on weekends but the parking lots near TJO may be crowded. A good alternative is lot N16 on the east side of campus below Padelford Hall. Refreshments will be set up by 30 minutes before the meeting, so arrive early, have a cookie, and get to know us.