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May 2020

Star Party May 29, 2020 – Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is canceled

May 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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You're invited to join us at our next First Quarter Star Party on Friday May 29th. The EAS holds monthly star parties at the College Hill Reservoir on the Friday closest to the moon’s first quarter. These star parties are free and open to the public. We'll provide the telescopes and will show you what's up there in the night sky. Or if you have a telescope of your own, bring it and join in the fun. The College Hill…

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June 2020

Star Party June 26, 2020 – Canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

June 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Summer star parties continue and you're invited to join us at our next First Quarter Star Party on Friday June 26th. The EAS holds monthly star parties at the College Hill Reservoir on the Friday closest to the moon’s first quarter. These star parties are free and open to the public. We'll provide the telescopes and will show you what's up there in the night sky. Or if you have a telescope of your own, bring it and join in…

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July 2020

Viewing Comet Neowise

July 14 @ 9:00 pm - August 14 @ 11:00 pm
College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise has become one of the best comets of the decade, and is now becoming visible in the evening sky. Here's how to find it: Find a place with a good view of the north-northwestern horizon. You'll want a site with as few lights as possible, either nearby or visible in the distance. The comet is about 30 degrees to the west of true north, and 10 degrees above the horizon, at 10:00 p.m. (Your closed fist…

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Star Party July 24, 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19 guidelines

July 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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The EAS usually holds monthly star parties at the College Hill Reservoir on the Friday closest to the moon’s first quarter. These star parties are free and open to the public. We provide the telescopes and will show you what's up there in the night sky. Unfortunately we haven't been able to host a star party since February, and even with the loosened restrictions on gatherings we're not yet sure if we'll be able to host a star party on…

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August 2020

Dark Sky Star Party at Dexter State Park August 15, 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19 guidelines

August 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Dexter State Recreation Site, Dexter State Recreation Site
Dexter, OR 97431 United States
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Cancelled due to COVID-19 guidelines - Sorry, we hope to see you next year! Every year we host a dark sky star party at Dexter State Park. Fifteen miles from Eugene, this site is far enough from the city sky glow to allow us to see many of the galaxies, nebulae, and other deep-sky objects that are obscured by light pollution when viewed from town. If you haven't seen a truly dark sky through a telescope before, you're in for…

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September 2020

September virtual meeting Thursday September 17, 2020 – Our featured speaker this month is Scott Acton. He is a Wavefront Sensing and Controls Scientist at Ball Aerospace & Technologies, working on the James Webb Space Telescope. This presentation will not be available on YouTube.

September 17 - September 18

When launched on Halloween of 2021, the Webb telescope (aka, JWST) will be the most powerful telescope ever put into space. It will rewrite textbooks. I’ve had the privilege of working on this project for over 20 years. I am currently the “Wavefront Sensing and Controls Scientist” and lead a team of people that will align the telescope shortly after launch. In 2016, I took a year off to execute the “James Webb Space Telescope World Bicycle Tour” My mission:…

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