Yearly Archives: 2017

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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Greg Eckes

First Public Star Party of 2017 is Canceled Due to Rain!

The public star party scheduled for Saturday night Feb 18, 2017 is canceled. The sky is supposed to be 70-90% cloud covered.… Read the rest

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