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Calendar: Public star parties and club meetings galore this week

There are four area astronomy club meetings and five free public star parties on the docket for the coming week.

SAS welcomes BPAA

Steve Ruhl, president of the Battle Point Astronomical Association, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Seattle Astronomical Society at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the Physics/Astronomy Building on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Ruhl will talk about the association’s Edwin Ritchie Observatory, John Rudolph Planetarium, and the club’s array of events open to the public. That’s their 27.5-inch telescope in the observatory at left.

Other club events this week include:

Star parties

The Seattle Astronomical Society will host four free public star parties this week. The first is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Covington Community Park. The following three are slated for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Green Lake, Paramount School Park, and the Green River Natural Resources Area in Kent. All are subject to cancellation in cases of poor weather; keep an on on the SAS website for the latest.

The Tacoma Astronomical Society plans one of its public nights for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College. The all-weather program will be about black holes. They’ll break out the telescopes for observing if weather permits.


There’s a new program this week at the WSU Planetarium in Pullman. The show, titled Strange Universe, takes a look at some of the quirky, oddball objects in the cosmos. The program runs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 and again at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Admission is $5 at the door, cash or check; they don’t accept credit cards.

Check our calendar page to find links to other local planetaria and their schedules, and to scout out other astro-events in the coming weeks and months.

Lots of astronomy club activity this week

There’s a lot of activity on the calendar with area astronomy clubs this week, including five different events on Saturday.

The Boeing Employees Astronomical Society starts things off with its regular meeting Thursday. Social hour at the Boeing Oxbow fitness center will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, with the meeting following at 7 p.m. The program will be a presentation about “Saturn’s Magnificent Moons and Rings.”

People who do not work at Boeing can attend, but should follow info here to RSVP and gain admission.

Busy Saturday

The Everett Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library. As of this writing the program topic had not been published.

saslogoThe Seattle Astronomical Society plans its free monthly public star parties for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at two locations: Green Lake in Seattle and Paramount Park in Shoreline. Bad weather cancels the star parties, so watch the society’s website for updates.

BPAAThe Battle Point Astronomical Association will run a Valentine’s-themed planetarium program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at its Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. The program, “Star Stories: Twisted Tales of Love & Loss” will explore tales from ancient star lore. If the weather permits astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for some observing. A kids’ show and the building of “Love Bots” will precede the main show at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free to BPAA members, suggested $2 donation for non-members, $5 for families.

taslogoThe Tacoma Astronomical Society will hold one of its free public nights at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College. An all-weather presentation will look at “110 Celestial Objects.” It sounds like a review of the Messier catalog. Observing will follow, weather permitting.

Check our calendar for more planetarium events; we’ve recently added information about programs at the Willard Smith Planetarium at Pacific Science Center and at the WSU Planetarium in Pullman.

Up in the sky

The Moon passes near both Neptune and Uranus this week. The Sky This Week from Astronomy magazine and This Week’s Sky at a Glance from Sky & Telescope have other observing highlights for the week.