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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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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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TAA 2016 Camping Star Party

The TAA members held their annual star party at Big Meadows this year on August 26-27, At an altitude of 7,705 feet, the sky was clear and the temperature was perfect. Low 80’s during the day and 45 deg. at night.I will have to say that we all had lots of fun and laughs.… Read the rest

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

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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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Butch Demmers

Astro Trivia

Hey everyone!   If you weren’t there, you missed a great meeting this last week.  Greg had lots of good information on comets, asteroids, and Jupiter, as well as the usual club business.  But the real fun was playing our first ever round of The Great TAA Astronomy Trivia Challenge.  We divided the group into two teams, and each team got a crack at answering some pretty challenging (but practical) astronomy questions.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

A big THANK YOU to Troop 251

It has been quiet this summer at the APO. Still, things are getting done at the observatory. On July 11, the Boy Scouts of Troop 251 came out to the APO and spread bark on the East and South sides of the observatory grounds. The temperature was in the low 90’s.  … Read the rest

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Filippenko Lecture

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I just got back from the Alex Filippenko lecture, and it was every bit as good I thought it would be. The Professor’s lecturing style in person is even better than what you see on TV. He is very well spoken, and easy to understand. This combined with clever use of puns really made for an entertaining, yet thought provoking morning.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Constellation of the Month

Beginning in January 2014 the TAA will be including our Constellation of the Month program on the website.   Information will include a description of the constellation (brightest stars, notable celestial objects, etc.), mythology, important facts, and a link to a printable star map.

Enjoy!… Read the rest

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