The Annual Tuzigoot Star Party @ Tuzigoot
National Monument will be on May 28th, 2016. View the wonders of the Sun thru
special solar telescopes from 2 PM til 4 PM and then see the universe up close
thru the many telescopes set up for viewing in the evening from 7 PM til 9:30
PM. For more info, click
Note: Rescheduled from April 5th due to
Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA
Click picture to
super size.Arp 159 and NGC 4725
Image Credit &
Pointy stars and peculiar galaxies span
this cosmic snapshot, a telescopic view toward the well-groomed
Coma Berenices. Bright enough to show off diffraction
the stars are in the foreground of the scene, well within our own Milky
Way. But the two prominent galaxies lie far beyond our own, some 41
million light-years distant. Also known as NGC 4747, the smaller
distorted galaxy at left is the
in the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, with extensive tidal tails
indicative of strong gravitational interactions
in its past. At about a 100,000 light-years across, its likely
companion on the right is the much larger NGC 4725. At first glance
NGC 4725 appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, its central region
dominated by the yellowish light of cool, older stars giving way to
younger hot blue star clusters along dusty spiral outskirts. Still, NGC
4725 does look a little odd with only
one main spiral arm.
To see more of Steve's APOD pictures
and others, click here.
The International Dark-sky Association has
designated Big Park/Village of Oak Creek, AZ as the worlds' 14th Dark Sky Community.
This community joins Sedona and Flagstaff as a Dark Sky Community.
here for more info.
Up coming events
Light Hike @ Red Rock State Park Lunar Viewing
Natural Bridge State Park Solar Viewing and Star Party. Click
here for more
Community Campout @ Red Rock State Park in Sedona. Click
here for more info.
Mercury Transit of the Sun @ Sunrise
Sedona Beautiful Astronomy Presentation 5 PM
Monthly meeting @ V VMC in Cottonwood, Conference Room B @ 6:30 PM
Tuzigoot National Monument Solar Viewing and Star Party. Solar from 2 PM
til 4 PM. Star Party from 7:30 PM til 9:30 PM.
Community Campout @ Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Click
here for more info.
Sunset Crater National Monument Solar Viewing and Star Party
Monthly meeting @ V VMC in Cottonwood, Conference Room B @ 6:30 PM.
Kevin Schindler of Lowell Observatory is the guest speaker.
Party at the Sedona Collective in the Village of Oak Creek. 7 PM start
time. Located @ 7000 Hwy 179. (The Tequa Plaza)
Rock Ranger Station Solar Viewing and Star Party
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:
The Rosette Nebula and its cluster reside in the
constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn. This picture was processed in what's
called a Modified Hubble Pallet. Using a variety of filters gives it a unique
appearance. Click the picture for a larger view.
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
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.