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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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Greg Eckes

May Star Party “Close Encounters”

This Saturday night May14th, the TAA will have its first clear star party of the season. (Weather Permitting) Our location is 9242 Avenue 184 Tulare, CA 93274, The gates will open at 8:00 pm.

We will introduce new technology that is going to change star parties forever. We will be presenting live views of objects on a TV screen that were invisible to the naked eye in the past.… Read the rest

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First Public Star Party of the Year Featuring “The Ring of Fire” & Jupiter

This Saturday March 12th, The Tulare Astronomical Association will hold its first public star party of the year. The location is the Arthur Pursell Observatory. 9242 Avenue 184, Tulare, CA 93274. The Gates will open at 7:00 pm. The evening will start with a presentation in the Manro Astro Physics Center at 7:30.… Read the rest

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Pictures From the April and May Star Parties

We had great participation by club members at our star parties this year. Here are a few pictures taken by Kimber Glick taken while we were waiting for the sky to get dark. Thanks everyone for helping out. Next star party September 19th.

Aaron Hubbard and Cookie Matthews at the entrance.

Aaron Hubbard and Cookie Matthews at the entrance.

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Solar System Extravaganza

If you want to solve the water problem in California, just schedule a star party. Fortunately the weather looks good for Saturday night. The weather report says that it will be mostly clear.

The theme for Saturday night is our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible.… Read the rest

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Astronomy Day at the APO

This Saturday is National Astronomy Day. In recognition of this day,  the Arthur Pursell Observatory will be open to the public from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Club members will have their telescopes available for attendees to look through.

The program will start at 8:00 PM SHARP in the Stan Manro Astro Physics Center.… Read the rest

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March Star Party A Big Success

Last night’s star party was a big success. Thanks to all the TAA members that came out to help. The public really enjoyed looking through your scopes. I could tell that you were having a fun time sharing with them. We were very fortunate that the clouds cleared out for an hour and a half.… Read the rest

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Solar System Extravaganza

Bring your lawn chair, a light jacket, binoculars and enjoy an evening under the stars at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. This is a special astronomical event because four planets will be visible along with the moon. Mars and Jupiter have just passed opposition and Saturn is going to reach opposition on May 10th.… Read the rest

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First public event in ten years at APO a big success!

Connie Sousa poses with a telescope in the Astro Physics Center.

Connie Sousa (guest) poses with a telescope in the Manro Astro Physics Center.

The Tulare Astronomical Association held its first public event at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in ten years on October 12, 2013. It was a great success. Most of our club members worked at the event. Jeanne, Sue and Tom greeted people as they entered and collected fees.… Read the rest

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TAA August Star Party at Big Meadows

Last weekend, Aug 3, the TAA had their annual Star Party at Big Meadows. It was for members only and it was a big success. Several members came up just for the night, others stayed the whole weekend. It was great to get out of the valley heat! The temps up at Big Meadows were in the high 70’s during the day and low 40″s at night.… Read the rest

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