• Events

    Outreach and other public events. You can also see our events calendar on the NASA's Night Sky Network!

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    Upcoming

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    SMA Monthly Meeting 6/6/24

    We’ve got a great, practical, meeting for June. We will focus on several topics that we hope will be of use to our members just starting out in astronomy as well as to veteran members who can enhance their knowledge. Based on a survey and other feedback the club decided to devote two meetings per year to observing basics and tools, concepts and equipment. ForJune’s meeting two veteran members and observers from the Board –Russ Pinizzotto and Carson Hanrahan – will start the program covering the following topics:

     

    Astronomy software - what’s out there, how touse it to explore the night sky, and how to find/save targets

    Visual observing - all about eyepieces, diagonals, filters, etc.

    Mounts & How to Use - types of mounts, how to setup & align, etc.

     

    We plan to devote November’s meeting to similar topics, including equipment and accessories, just before Christmas and holiday gift giving! We welcome your input on what would be good topics to discuss, so please contact any board member with your suggestions. Our Program Committee is working on an exciting list of presenters for the second half of the year on current topics in astronomy. OurJune meeting will conclude with Russ giving us some observing targets in June skies.

    Date: June 6th, 2024

    Time: 7PM

    Location: Zoom

    The Zoom link will be sent out to our Google Group. Please use the "Contact Us" form or join our Google Group for the Zoom link, if you don't have it!

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    Open House and Equipment Sale

    TBD

    Topic: Mostly Astronomy

     

    It's our 20th anniversary! Come celebrate with us at our World Headquarters in Brunswick, Maine on the grounds of the old airbase. To help make things even more festive, we will be offering scopes, eyepieces, and other astro gear at club member friendly prices. Any unsold items will then be offered to our sister clubs and then, if necessary, the general public. There is an unconfirmed rumor of a post-meeting meeting at the nearby Flight Deck brewpub.
    Workshop: Nothing too formal, but there will be lots of scopes and other astro goodies out. It won't be be hard to find a knowlegeable member to demo/explain an item's use.

     

    Location: 179 Neptune Drive • Suite 300 • Brunswick, ME 04011

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Dark Sky Maine: Summer Solstice Virtual Star Party

    6/20/24 at 7PM

    Topic: Presentations Related to the Summer Skies

     

    Featured Speakers:

    • Nancy Hathaway, President of Dark Sky Maine, will present: Summer Solstice Moon Garden.
    • Serena Sanborn, Master Maine Naturalist and Manager of Outreach & Community Partnerships at Waterville Creates, will present: Fireflies!
    • Jon Silverman, President of Central Maine Astronomers, will present: What's the Summer Solstice?
    • Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium, will present: Summer Solstice Cultures.
    • John Meader, Director of Northern Stars Planetarium and Educational Services, will present: The Stars and Constellations of the Summer Sky.
    • Questions & Answers with all presenters.

    To register send an email to darkskymaine@gmail.com and say you’d like to register for the Summer Solstice Star Party.

     

    Donations can be made at https://darkskymaine.com/donate

     

    A Zoom link will be sent to you on Thursday afternoon before the event.

     

    We look forward to seeing you there!
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    Star Party

    6/15/24 at sunset

    Topic: The Moon and Summer Skies!

     

    Our nearest cosmic neighbor.
    Workshop: Learn how to collimate, align, and clean your scope, plus other related things.

     

    Sunset: 8:24pm

    Moonrise:: ~2:00pm

    Location: Bug Light Park, South Portland

    Phone: 207-751-4651

    Notes: Plan to setup in the parking area. You can park next to your equipment, no lugging. There's no power availability however, so bring your batteries.

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Star Party

    7/20/24 or 7/27/24 at sunset

    Topic: Open Star Clusters

     

    The jewel boxes of the skies.
    Workshop: How to star hop.

     

    Sunset: ~8:00pm

    Moonrise:: ~8:30pm

    Location: Kettle Cove State Park, Cape Elizabeth

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Star Party

    8/24/24 or 8/31/24 at sunset

    Topic: Nebulae + Ice Cream Social!

     

    Nebulae are more than just dusty gas bags. It's where stars are born!
    Workshop: Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA), smart telescopes. Plus, all about eyepieces and filters for visual use.

     

    Sunset: ~7:30pm

    Moonrise:: ~10:00pm

    Location: Twin Brook Recreation Area and Fields

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Star Party

    9/21/24 or 9/28/24 at sunset

    Topic: Assorted

     

    Globulars, double stars, and galaxies oh my! Also nebulae, planets, the Moon, and anything else we can find up there.
    Workshop: Finding objects using astro software. Also, computer telescope control.
     

    Sunset: ~6:30pm

    Moonrise:: ~8:25pm

    Location: Bug Light Park, South Portland

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Star Party

    10/26/24 or TBA at sunset

    Topic: Assorted

     

    Globulars, double stars, and galaxies oh my! Also nebulae, planets, the Moon, and anything else we can find up there.
    Workshop: TBD

     

    Sunset: ~5:30pm

    Moonrise:: N/A

    Location: Mitchell Field, Harpswell

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Star Party

    11/16/24 or 11/23/24 at sunset

    Topic: Planets, Moon

     

    Come look at some of our buddies in the Solar System. Some are smaller than Earth, others are bigger. Much bigger. Plus, have a gander at our Moon which is only ~1.3 lightseconds away!
    Workshop: Planets and how to find stuff using catalogs or other means.

     

    Sunset: ~4:15pm

    Moonrise:: ~2:00pm

    Location: One of Kettle Cove, Eastern Prom, or Bug Light. We haven't fininished arguing over this yet.

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Past Events

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    Star Party

    5/11/24 or 5/12/24 at sunset

    Topic: Galaxy Season!

     

    Spring is a great time to peruse some clusters of galaxies which are some of the largest structures in the Universe.

     

    Workshop: Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) and smart telescopes.

     

    Sunset: ~8:00pm

    Moonrise:: N/A

    Location: Cumberland Fairgrounds

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    Monthly Directors Meeting 5/15/24

    5/15/24 at 7 pm

    Topic: Our May Directors Meeting. Send us a note at the bottom of our page for zoom information!

     

    Interested in Volunteering? Click here to sign up!

     

    Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

    Time: 7pm

    Location: Zoom

    Phone: 207-751-4651

     

    Hope to see you there!

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    SMA Monthly Meeting 5/2/24

    Our talk will feature Philippe Reekie of the Harvard College Observatory speaking about possible life in extraterrestrial salts. It will be a fascinating discussion about extremophile life forms by a very accomplished
    presenter to lay audiences. Russ Pinizzotto will give us a tour of May skies and we will conclude with our Annual Meetings – a necessary part of being a non-profit. Please try to attend if you can!
     

     

    Date: May 2nd, 2024

    Time: 7PM

    Location: Zoom

     

     

    The Zoom link will be sent out to our Google Group. Drop us a note or join our Google Group for the Zoom link, if you don't have it!

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    Solar Eclipse, April 8th 2024

     

    Click Here to check out our 2024 Eclipse information page

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    SMA Event Planning Survey-2024

     

    SMA Members,

     

    We are always working to improve on our events and what we can offer to our members. If you have a moment, please fill out this brief survey regarding your preferences for our astronomy events.

     

     

    Click Here to take the survey