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Tulare Astronomical Association

“Sharing the Universe With the Valley for 50 Years”

Log-in to our website and become a subscriber. It is free and completely private. When you subscribe, you will receive our club e-mails informing you about or activities. The TAA is made up of people that love astronomy. We hold monthly meetings and observing sessions at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in Tulare, California. We hope that you will become a member and join us in our astronomical journeys. Note you must provide valid address and phone number to be subscribed to our site. All personal information is private and secure.  Subscribe Here

Please support our mission to share the universe with the valley by becoming a member of the TAA. Memberships makeup 80% of our income. Without memberships we could not exist.

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50th Anniversary Star Party

The Tulare Astronomical Association is going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Arthur Purcell Observatory. The Observatory was opened in August of 1967. Since it’s opening, the observatory has been sharing the wonders of the universe with the people of Tulare County.

The celebration also coincides with National Astronomy Day.… Read the rest

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Get Ready for the Great Solar Eclipse Now!

2017 solar eclipse maximum for Tulare County

The best solar eclipse of the century will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.… Read the rest

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TAA Summer Schedule

The TAA will be taking a summer break. The Arthur Pursell Observatory will be used by members for there own observing this summer. Why? Two reasons. 1.  Many members will be out of town on the weekends. 2. The sun prevents acceptable observing until 9:30 or 10:00 PM.

 Our next general meeting will be held at the Arthur Pursell Observatory Wednesday, September 13th at 7:30 PM. 
The next public star party will be held on Saturday, September 23rd.… Read the rest

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TAA Donates Telescope for the “Library Telescope Program”

Back in December, the Tulare Astronomy Association donated a telescope to the Tulare County Library. The TAA won the scope in a national contest sponsored by the Astronomical League . The AL has a program called the Library Telescope Program. In short, the AL asks telescope manufactures to donate telescopes and eyepieces for the program.  Astronomy clubs across the United States are encouraged to participate in the Library Telescope Program and to file an application.… Read the rest

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March Star Party

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow night’s star party March 4, 2017, is canceled due to poor seeing conditions. Our next star party will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Please put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend. We will be looking at the best of the spring sky objects.… Read the rest

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