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Special Events for 2014

Please keep tuned to our Club Calendar for updated events.

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March 22nd, 2014: Solar gazing at Sun Spots, solar flares and solar prominences at Kartchner Caverns. A Night Sky Network tent will also be filled with pictures, projects and information about the day and night skies. At 5:30PM, a guest astronomer will speak in the amphitheater. Star gazing under the dark skies of Arizona will follow. A second event is planned for the fall on Sept 20th. See the link for more information. http://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/

March 29th, 2014: The Astronomers of Verde Valley will be having their annual Messier Marathon and 5K at the Two Trees Observing Site between Sedona and Cottonwood. This event is honoring Charles Messier, the comet hunter in the 1700's. The idea of the event is to view and log as many of the 110 Messier objects in one evening as possible. A Messier 5K is for those not ready for the rigorous all night adventure and is designed to view at least 50 Messier objects before midnight. The event starts off before sunset with a pot luck dinner. For more information send an email to .

April 05th, 2014: Solar gazing during the day with specialized telescopes, a presentation at dusk and night time viewing thru telescopes at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. A first time event for this very dark area north of Payson. Come out enjoy the days activities by hiking and looking at the Sun. Night Sky Network tents will have projects and information for kids and adults. For more information goto http://azstateparks.com/Parks/TONA/index.html

April 26th, 2014: The 6th Annual Star Night at Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale, AZ. This year, the Club will be conducting solar viewing during the day time with specialized telescopes for viewing solar flares, Sun spots and other features on the surface of our nearest star. Ranger Case Griffings will give a star talk at dusk and other rangers will lead groups on constellation walks down the paths of the Monument.

May 3rd, 2014: Come  out to the Red Rock Ranger Station on Hwy 179 just south of the Villages of Oak Creek for a day of hiking, solar viewing thru special hydrogen alpha telescopes and stay late for the evenings star party. Solar viewing will be from 1 PM to 5 PM. A themed Power Point presentation will start off the evenings activities at 7 PM with viewing thru several large telescopes provided from 8 PM to 10 PM. A second event is scheduled for Sept 13th, 2014.

May 30th, 2014: This is the first of a series of events at Red Rock State Park in Sedona. The May 30th event will include a presentation at the Twin Cypress Ramada and viewing after thru telescopes. The second event will be on July 25th with the same format as the first. A series of three Moon Light Hike events will be on June 13th, August 10th and November 6th. After taking a hike at sunset, telescopes will be available to view the Moon and other stellar objects. Reservations will be required for all of these events. Call 928 282 6907 for more information.

June 6th, 2014: The Sedona Parks and Recreation are hosting their annual Community Campout at Sunset Park. Bring out your tents and kids for an evening of smores and stars. On the nearby tennis court, astronomers will be showing the campers the summer Milky Way thru the telescopes set up. For more information goto: http://www.sedonaaz.gov/sedonacms/index.aspx?recordid=5020&page=359

June 21st, 2014: Sunset Crater National Monument just north of Flagstaff will be having their special Sun and star gazing event. Solar gazing will be from 1PM until 4PM. An Observational Astronomy Power Point presentation will precede the evenings star party. Two more events on July 19th and August 16th are scheduled if you miss the first. Go to the link below for more info.

 http://www.nps.gov/sucr/planyourvisit/summer-night-sky-events.htm

September 27th, 2014: Enjoy a day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park with solar viewing during the daytime and a star party at night. Music, fishing, canoeing and many other activities will also be ongoing during the daytime. 9AM to 3PM for the days activities. 7:30PM til 9:30PM for the night time star party. There is no charge for the events. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/events.html

October 18th, 2014:  Come out to Montezuma Well National Monument for a day of discovery of the ancient Americans. Stay for the evenings event of star gazing under the dark skies of Central Arizona.

November 15th, 2014: The date is set for the 8th Annual Night Under the Stars at the dark site of Alamo Lake State Park near Wenden. Come out, camp out and the see the many telescopes set up for the evening. During the daytime, there will be booths with all kinds of information on astronomy, pictures and sky maps for the evening. Solar telescopes will also be set up to safely view the Sun's spots, flares and prominences. The 2012 event was designated as an Arizona Centennial Event.  Click here for pictures and video of past years events.