Free Public Observing Night
November 15, 2014
till 10:00 p.m.
Rudy Park, York, PA. Observatory
York County Astronomical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the advancement of the science of astronomy.
Expand your mind by taking in the expanse of the universe.
Come and view the night skies with us through one of our telescopes and let our experienced
members guide you on a tour of celestial wonders, including stars, planets,
nebulae, and the moon. You are also invited to bring your own telescope and
share your experiences with other amateur astronomers. Star Charts are available to help your exploration of the nighttime sky.
all observing activities at John Rudy Park, if the weather
is questionable, please call 949-963-9147 or check
this website for notice of any late cancellation or
for an updated status.
Observatory See: Directions
If it is clear or mostly clear, the activity will
occur as scheduled. If it is completely cloudy, raining or snowing, the activity will be cancelled.
information on events, scheduling a private party star watch, directions
to the observing site, or for general Society information
please email YCAS at: E-Mail
UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 15,
2014 COMING IN NOVEMBER.
The October 11, 2014 Night Sky for
Sun sets at 6:33 p.m. on October 11th is located in the constellation
Virgo The Maiden.
Moon this October 11th rises at 9:00 p.m. and is 84.45 percent
lit rising in the east in the constellation Taurus
Visible for Public Observing evening sky
constellation Scorpius the Ophiuchus is visible low in the southwest
Mars sets at 10:32 p.m.
is rising in the east in the constellation Pisces the Fish.
Neptune is in the constellation Aquarius.
Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)
is fading but still visible in telescopes. The comet this
night is in Cygnus the Swan.
public observing begins the Summer Triangle is almost overhead
with the stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair forming the distinctive asterism known as the Summer Triangle. In
the west is Ophiuchus "The Serpent Holder" and Hercules
"The Son of Jupiter"
In the east the autumn constellations are rising. Watch as the dim
autumnal constellations Andromeda "daughter of Cepheus",
Auriga "The Charioteer", Aries
"The Ram", Perseus "The Hero", Cetus "The
Whale", Pisces "The Fish" and as public observing
ends Taurus "The Bull" is low in the eastern horizon
starting to rise.
In the northern sky are the
constellations Ursa Major (Big Dipper) and Ursa Minor (Little
Dipper) with the north star Polaris. It takes light from Polaris
390 light years to reach us. In the south
are constellations Capricornus "The Sea Goat and low in the
southwest is Sagittarius "The Archer"
October 11, 2014 Night Sky Below
a memorable tour with members of the York County Astronomical Society of
Galaxies, planets, the moon and the constellations of the night sky.
and Constellations Astronomical Pronunciation Guide
the Wonders of your Universe
Picture of the Day
Our sun is almost one million miles in diameter and a million earths would fit in it.
It takes light eight minutes to reach us from the sun.
The last star shown in video is VY Canis Majoris which takes light about 5000 years to reach us
that is light traveling at 186,000 miles per second x 60 seconds
in a minute x 60 minutes in an hour x 365 days in a year x 5000 years.
VY Canis Majoris is (almost 2 billion ) 1.7 billion miles in diameter.
POLLUTION OF OUR NIGHT SKIES
What does light pollution look like?
What does your nighttime sky look like? Try this fun interactive game to see how light
pollution affects the stars you see at night:
Dark Sky Association
Weather and Directions