Top 101 Astronomical Observing Events for 2015

This is a great article by David Dickinson (Universe Today, occasional guest author in Sky & Telescope Magazine, primary blogger at, and on twitter as @AstroGuyz) that highlights many observing events in 2015.  This is well worth the read and great for mapping out your special 2015 observing plan!

Top 101 Astronomical Observing Events for 2015


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Tonight’s Sky – January 2015

  • Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter provide great planetary views.
  • Capella, a double star, and various open clusters in the constellation Auriga.
  • Dozens of objects fascinate in the constellation Taurus.
  • Quadrantid Meteor Shower on peaks 1/3 – 1/4 – up to 40 meteors per hour.

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2015 Updates for KAS Events

The KAS 2015 Events Page has been updated with all of the known 2015 events the KAS will be participating in.  Find these events on both the events page (with info about each event) and the KAS 2015 Calendar.  Here is a brief summary of events and dates:

  • Kopernik Winter Star Party – Saturday, Jan 24th
  • Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference – Thursday & Friday April 16 & 17
  • Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) – Saturday & Sunday April 18 & 19
  • Cherry Springs Star Party – Thursday thru Sunday June 11 to 14
  • Stellafane Telescope Makers’ Convention – Thursday thru Sunday Aug 13 to 16
  • Black Forest Star Party – Friday thru Sunday September 11 to 13
  • Kopernik AstroFest 2015 – Friday thru Sunday Oct 16 to 18

We hope you will join us for these as there is typically numerous KAS members in attendance at each!!

Also check out the KAS Business Meeting Schedule for 2015 dates and locations:


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Galaxy Brewing Company Attending AstroFest 2014

2014-10-01_00-36-17Galaxy Brewing Company, of Court Street in Binghamton, NY will be attending Kopernik AstroFest 2014! They will be serving their “Kopernik Kolsch” starting at 6:30 PM on Saturday, October 25th.  The price per pint will be $5.00.

One of their many unique tasting beers, they describe the Kopernik Kolsch as follows: “Our lightest beer, this one goes down smooth with a sprightly lemon citrus flavor derived from the Zythos hops used in the beer. Balanced by a slightly bready malt backbone, it is light, easy and smooth. Great on a hot day. Prost! ABV: 4.7%”

Galaxy Brewing recently won the Silver Medal in the World Beer Cup competition in Denver, Colorado.  The World Beer Cup had 4,754 entries in 94 categories from 58 countries.  Come join us in enjoying one of their very unique beers, and enjoy a beer that is out of this world!


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Wake Up To A Total Lunar Eclipse – October 8th, 2014

In the early morning hours of Wednesday October 8th, you can kick your day off watching a total lunar eclipse if the weather cooperates.  If the Greater Binghamton Area has clear skies, starting at around 4:30 AM and running up until around 7:30 AM EDT, you can watch nearly a full cycle of a lunar eclipse, including a one hour period of totality.  Keep an eye on this site for any local information about observing the eclipse.

For the EDT Time Zone, here’s the schedule:

Penumbra first visible:  4:45 a.m.
Partial eclipse begins:  5:15 a.m.
Total eclipse begins:  6:25 a.m.
Mid-eclipse:  6:55 a.m.
Total eclipse ends:  7:24 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends:  N/A
Penumbra last visible:  N/A

Visit Sky & Telescope Magazine’s October 2014 Lunar Eclipse article for more detailed information on observing the eclipse, including the image shown below.

Total Eclipse of the Moon October 8th, 2014 - Sky & Telescope Magazine

This Sky & Telescope timeline shows the times and phases of the October 8th Lunar Eclipse.

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Kopernik AstroFest 2014 Scheduled for 10/24 – 10/25

The Kopernik Astronomical Society and the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center are excited to be hosting the 2014 Kopernik AstroFest on 10/24 – 10/25. Come join us in our celebration of the night sky!

For more details including schedules, speakers, activities and other information, check the Kopernik AstroFest Page.


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