This page is in two parts. First, there is a section of current astronomical special-events and/or a short program that a WCAC member has put together. If you are a WCAC club member and would like to post a current astronomical event contact Bill Castro via email or at a club meeting. Second, there is a listing of links to sites that contain general-information of current events for Ohio (star parties), what is currently up in the sky, observing lists (catalogs) and on line sky charts.
Good luck and clear skies!
The data for the above image comes from those very cool guys at the. Canadian Meteorological Center. (This really works!!!)
SPECIAL EVENTS (return to top)
-NEW- Information on new comets Panstars, Lemmon and Ison. The PDF files are below.
- Elements and Ephemeris for C/2011 L4 Panstars
- Elements and Ephemeris for C/2012 F6 Lemmon
- Elements and Ephemeris for C/2012 S1 Ison
-NEW Feb. 16th- 2013 Dark Times Calendar - Easy to read calendar of when twilight ends, Moon rises and sets, when twilight begins and any events to observe. (Adobe PDF documents, close new window to return).
Objects by Month - Deep space objects visible in the given month. The links below are for some show piece objects listed by object type, catalog number and constellation. Types listed are nebulas, globular clusters, open clusters, galaxies and multiple stars.
International Year of Astronomy - The United Nations has proclaimed 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. If you have any ideas for the club to do let one of the officers know.
http://www.astronomy2009.us/ - link to the International Year of Astronomy
Jupiter's Moons and GRS - Displays the position of Jupiter's 4 main satellites, transits and Great Red Spot for any given time and different telescope orientation. Prints well also. Thanks to John Bartucci for writing this for us. (Close the new window to return.) Also Jupiter's Moons.exe - Executable file to run on its own in the field without internet connection.
Saturn's Moons and Rings - Displays the position of Saturn's 5 main satellites and rings for any given time and different telescope orientation. Prints well also. Thanks to John Bartucci for writing this for us. (Close the new window to return.) Also Saturn's Moons.exe - Executable file to run on its own in the field without internet connection.
WCAC Sunrise and sunset calculator - For any latitude and longitude. Special thanks to Matt Oltersdorf for making this page. (Close the new window to return.)
WCAC Moon rise and set calculator - For any latitude and longitude. Special thanks to Matt Oltersdorf for making this page. (Close the new window to return.)
Lunar Phases - Lunar phases applet. Displays the current phase of the moon in real time and the time/date of the next four major lunar phases. Many thanks to Gary Nugent for allowing us to use his applets! Visit Gary's website for more astronomy information. (Close the new window to return.)GENERAL INFORMATION (return to top)
Events for Ohio (star parties...)
General What's Up Links
Fred F. Silk Planetarium - At The Wilderness Center.
Hoover-Price Planetarium - Part of the McKinley Museum and National Memorial, Canton, OH.
NASA Glenn Visitor Center - Information and calendar of events. Glenn's Visitor Center host events that feature special activities and an opportunity to hear directly from expert engineers and scientists at presentations. These are held monthly.
Shafran Planetarium programs - At the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Abrams Planetarium Night Sky Notes - Updated each month by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.Observing Lists
Observing Highlights - "This week's sky at a glance" from Sky and Telescope Magazine.
Tony Ceece - SEDS, 12 month tour of the Messier catalog.Celestial Objects - Observing projects from Sky and Telescope.On Line Sky Charts
HAS - Hawaiian Astronomical Society's Storybook and Deep sky Atlas.
SAO Database - The Saguaro Astronomy Club page of things to view. Includes database of deep sky objects and double stars. Other SAC Files have lists specific to various applications.
SEDS - Messier catalog, NGC 2000, Astro Maps and more.
WCAC Small Scope List - A small scope observing list of 110 objects found in Northeast Ohio light polluted skies. Included in this list are 16 nebulas, 59 open clusters, 15 globular clusters and 20 galaxies from the Messier and NGC catalogs.Astroimage
Astronomy Magazine - Go to "TheSky Online" on their navigation bar for an online planetarium program sponsored by Software Bisque. Registration is required.
Jupiter Satellites - Jupiter satellites applet. Displays the position of Jupiter's 4 main satellites in real time. Many thanks to Gary Nugent for allowing us to use his applets! Visit Gary's website for more astronomy information.
Lunar Atlases - Two excellent on-line lunar atlases from Exploring the Moon by The Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Sky Chart. Sky and Telescope's interactive sky chart.
Skymaps.com - Free sky maps for each month
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