Who Are We?
We are an amateur astronomy club serving the communities of the Verde Valley, Arizona. To learn more about us, click
If you are as interested in Astronomy as we are, we hope you will join us at one of
our star parties, meetings or guest lectures.
If you would like to become a member of AVV please use the
contact information below. We will be happy to assist you.
Here is the Club Brochure.
of Verde Valley
A new wave in
astro photography is in process with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Several of
the members have acquired digital photographic equipment and are now busy taking
and processing images. In
the Digital Collection,
more and more pictures will be updated on the site as time goes by.
Click here and
here for more digital galleries.
The Alamo Lake Night
Under the Stars event was designated as an Arizona
Centennial Event. (02/23/2012)
Iridium flare and
Iridium 52 is the bright
streak intersecting this shot. Comet Holmes 7P is above the satellite
at the top of the page. The photograph was
captured on December 12th, 2007, from Clarkdale, Arizona, by our
very own JD Maddy and published in the UK's Sky at Night
Iridium Gallery click here:
Equipment used: Pentax IST digital camera, 50mm lens at f/2.0
for a 30-second exposure
Message in a
message broadcast from Earth to the globular cluster M13
during the dedication of the Arecibo Observatory in 1974.
Check out our Members Telescopes here:
For those who are somewhat nostalgic, check out
our past star party page.
Past Star Parties
Our new Solar and Lunar picture page is under
new page here.
on Our Website:
Observing Tools - Star Charts,
Clear Sky Clocks and Topographic maps.
- From NASA, Astrowire, Space.com
- by our very own members.
Astrophotography - see the Astrophoto Galleries.
Focus Sections on Observing
Asteroids, Comets and
Jupiter is high in the sky after Sun set this spring. The large
gas planet will be closing in on the planet Venus the end of June. The cloud bands and
Galilean Moons are easily seen in small telescopes. Click to expand.
Photo Credit: Bob Barnes
The Blue Horse Head Nebula in Scorpius is captured by member
Mike Cadwell. IC 4592 as it is also known is 420 light years from Earth. To see
more of Mike's photos, click here.
Karen Maddy instructs the Sedona Parks & Recreation Summer Camp
kids how to safely observe the Sun. Click the picture for
more AVV Public Outreach.
A recently discovered comet, Lovejoy 2014 Q2 has been moving
across the sky over the past couple of months. For more comet pictures click
Picture Credit: Robert Mueller
Comet Lovejoy 2014 Q2 as seen on June 6th, 2015. It is over
220 million miles away just above Polaris when this was taken. It has changed
quite a bit from the picture below taken in January.
Picture credit for the above two pictures: J D Maddy
Global SUNday participation
The International Dark-sky Association has
designated Sedona, AZ as the worlds' 8th Dark Sky Community.
Click here for the news release.
Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA
Click picture to
super size.Three Galaxies in
Image Credit &
This intriguing trio of galaxies is sometimes called the
Draco Group, located in the northern constellation of (you guessed it)
From left to right are
edge-on spiral NGC 5981,
NGC 5982, and face-on
spiral NGC 5985 -- all within this single telescopic field of view
spanning a little more than half the width of the full moon. While the
group is far too small to be a
and has not been
catalogued as a compact group, these galaxies all do lie roughly 100
million light-years from planet Earth. On close examination with
spectrographs, the bright core of the striking face-on spiral NGC
5985 shows prominent emission in specific wavelengths of light,
prompting astronomers to classify it as a
Seyfert, a type of active galaxy. Not as well known as other tight
groupings of galaxies,
the contrast in visual appearance makes this triplet an attractive
subject for astrophotographers. This
impressively deep exposure hints at faint, sharp-edged shells
surrounding elliptical NGC 5982, evidence of past galactic mergers. It
also reveals many even more distant
To see more of Steve's APOD pictures
and others, click here.
Up coming events
Viewing and Star Party @ Sunset Crater National Monument
Monthly Meeting @ V VMC - Conference Room B. 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Trees Dark Sky Weekend
Rock Ranger Station Solar Viewing and Star Party. 1 PM to 10 PM.
Flagstaff Science Festival
River Day Solar Viewing @ Dead Horse Ranch State Park. 9 AM to 3 PM.
Monthly Meeting @ V VMC - Conference Room B 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Montezuma Well National Monument Star Party
Trees Dark Sky Weekend (Sunset 6PM)
Kartchner Cavern Star Party Solar Viewing and Night Time Viewing
Monthly Meeting @ V VMC - Conference Room B 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Clarkdale Halloween in the Park Star Party
Lake State Park Solar Viewing and Star Party
Trees Dark Sky Weekend (Sunset 5:25 PM)
Monthly Meeting @ V VMC - Conference Room B 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Trees Dark Sky Weekend (Sunset 5:20PM)
Club Calendar for the complete
Details of 2015 Special Events are
On the afternoon of October 23rd for most of
the United States, there was a partial solar eclipse. For the U.S., the Sun
will be covered up to 80 % by the Moon. Depending on your location, the
Sun was at least 30% covered. The below picture shows the large Sun spot as the
Moon slices across the Sun. The Sun spot was easily seen with only eclipse
to see a You Tube video of the eclipse.
Photo by J D Maddy
A comet discovered in August 2014 is now
gathering attention as it climbs in the night sky. This picture has Comet
Lovejoy 2014 Q2 passing by the globular cluster M79 on Dec 28th 2014 in the
constellation of Lepus, the Hare.
Click image to enlarge
Photo: J D Maddy
Illustration Credit & Copyright:
J D Maddy
and Gerald Madero.
Explanation: The Great
in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 million light-years
distant, is the
closest large spiral to our own Milky Way. Andromeda is visible to the
unaided eye as a small, faint, fuzzy patch, but because its surface
brightness is so low, casual
can't appreciate the galaxy's impressive extent in planet Earth's sky.
This entertaining composite image compares the
of the nearby galaxy to a brighter, more familiar celestial sight. In
it, a deep exposure, tracing beautiful blue star clusters in
spiral arms far beyond the bright yellow core, is combined with a
typical view of a nearly full Moon. Shown at the same angular scale, the
Moon covers about 1/2 degree on the sky, while
the galaxy is
clearly several times that size. The deep Andromeda exposure also
includes two bright satellite galaxies,
(bottom). This composite image is made from a stack of M31 images taken
with a Celestron GPS11, Hyperstar 3 with a Canon 450D (XSI) and a single
image of the Moon taken with the same setup.
The Astronomers of Verde
Valley are members of the Night Sky Network
Check out the Club's Community Outreach page for their latest
activities by clicking here.
The Astronomers of Verde Valley were recognized at the recent
volunteer luncheon for the National Parks Service National Monuments. This year
(2013) marked the 5th year that the Astronomy Club has given programs at
Tuzigoot National Monument. Click the on picture for full view.