March 23 star party cancelled. Remember Earth Hour March 24, 8:30 p.m.

Our regular First Quarter Friday star party scheduled for March 23 has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Remember to participate in Earth Hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday the 24th, when we're hoping a significant number of people will turn off their outdoor lights. This is an event being held worldwide. During that hour, we're asking everyone to turn off any unnecessary lighting in an attempt to reduce light pollution for just an hour. We're hoping to see a wave of darkness sweep around the world as 8:30 p.m. arrives in each time zone.

Alas, the city of Eugene's street lights are hard-wired in, so they can't be switched off, but we can all do our part by turning off porch lights and yard lights. We were hoping to hold another star party that night and see if we made any difference, but the forecast for that night looks awful, too.

Someone from the EAS will still be there at 9:00 both nights to measure the sky brightness. Even if it's cloudy we might still be able to make a difference in light pollution levels.

New Telescope Lending Page

We have just posted a new page detailing the Eugene Astronomical Society telescope lending program. It provides useful information on the telescopes we lend out and how you can go about picking one up. Check it out here!

First Quarter Fridays are a big hit!

Our monthly star parties have been a success from the beginning! For those of you who are unaware, the EAS now holds a monthly star party at the College Hill Reservoir on the friday closest to the moon's first quarter. Therse star parties are free and open to the public, so come join us! The College Hill Reservoir is located on Lawrence Street between 23rd and 25th Avenue.