Astronomical Event

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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Greg Eckes

Visalia Farmer’s Market & Perseid Meteor Shower Update

I want to thank Pete Cowper, Marvin Demmers, Mike Lopez & Jose Saenz for coming out on short notice to help me with the Farmer’s Market booth. We joined the National Park Service to help them promote their “Dark Sky Festival”. Jose went to the festival August 6th and reported that it was a big success.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

California City Observing

Hi all!  I just wanted to give a very brief update on our recent dark site observing event in California City.  Well, first of all, we had a GREAT time!  Greg Eckes and Greg’s brother from Sparks, Nevada was there, as well as myself, Mike Blase, and Greg’s next door neighbors, Ray and Sandy.  Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Lunar Eclipse Report

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-8-14 @ 7 P<

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-7-14 @ 7 PM

Last weeks eclipse party at the Arthur Pursell Observatory was an enjoyable event.  The temperature was perfect. I didn’t have to put a jack on until 1 AM. We had seven members and two visitors come out to see the eclipse.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Blood Moon Rising

You don’t want to miss this event! This will be the best total lunar eclipse in our area for several years. The weather will be nice and the sky should be clear. During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a beautiful dark orange, then takes on a totally different appearance when it turns blood red.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Spectacular August Conjunction of Jupiter & Venus

Get up early this week and witness a spectacular conjunction. You don’t want to miss this one!

A conjunction is when two or more solar objects objects appear unusually close together. If you watch the objects over a period of time, say one week, you will notice how the objects are moving together and then apart.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

TAA has a YouTube Channel

Hi everyone,

The TAA now has a YouTube channel. We will use this channel to upload our simulations and other videos for streaming and higher resolution images. I have just uploaded a video that I made of the eclipse set to music. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Greg Eckes

Eclipse Report

Here is my story. What did you see? Subscribe to our website and post your comment here. If you took pictures let me know and I will help you upload them.

Eclipse 4/14/14

Monday night was the total eclipse of the moon. Marvin Demmers (Butch) and I spent the week in Angels Camp with our wives.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Blood Moon Coming

Monday night, April 14th, there will be a Total Eclipse of the Moon. An eclipse of the moon happens when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. This event is sometimes called a Blood Moon. During totality the color of the moon will appear  “blood red.” This effect is caused  by the sun’s rays passing through the Earth’s atmosphere at the edge of the Earth.… Read the rest

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