CANCELLED Spring Rain Date: WSIG/Texas 45 Spring Class at the Dark Site

May 19, 2017, 7:00PM: CANCELLED Spring Rain Date: WSIG/Texas 45 Spring Class at the Dark Site

Note: It remained clouded out all night /Rene. 

The forecast did not get better overnight. Accuweather, SkippySky, and ClearOutside differ only in an hour or so of when the sky will totally cloud over. Of course, things could change rapidly during the day.

Nevertheless, I don't want to dishearten you with bad weather. As a result I am CANCELLING tonight's class, observing session, and caravan

I'll be at the dark site regardless as it's a good place to stop over on my way to TSP.


Hello, New Astronomers! The Texas 45 class to observe Spring objects is FRIDAY, May 19. Kick off the weekend with some observing. It’ll feel like you took a long weekend. Really.

Date:  Friday May 19, 2017
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  New bunkhouse for class; then the observatory and field
RSVP:  to (Rene) for class; (Steve G) for a bunk
Caravan: Leaves promptly at 6:45 pm. RSVP for location

To help you prepare, download the SkyMap for May and find these stars, constellations and list objects on the map:

  1. Polaris, the north star, NCP on the map is the north celestial pole
  2. Hydra, Leo, and Virgo. In which direction of the sky are they?
  3. M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo
  4. M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy, north of the star Vindemiatrix in Virgo
  5. The + sign in the center of the map, represents the zenith, the point directly overhead
  6. Ursa Major and Canes Venatici, near the zenith
  7. M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism
  8. M5 - a globular cluster in constellation Serpens Caput
  9. M13 - The Keystone Cluster in constellation Hercules
  10. M92 - another globular cluster in Hercules
  11. NGC 3242, the Ghost of Jupiter, in Hydra

We were clouded out  April 22, so this is our rain date for spring. Note: This is the Friday before TSP.

Rene Gedaly         Amelia Goldberg
Texas 45 Author   Master Observer
WSIG Co-Chair     WSIG Co-Chair 

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