Free Public Observing Night
August 9, 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.
observing activities at John Rudy Park, if the weather is questionable, please check our voice message at 717-578-9109 for notice of any late cancellation or for an updated
status, check this website.
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
The August 9, 2014 Night Sky for
come for below August 9th date.
Sun sets at 8:36 p.m. on July 12th and is located in the constellation
Moon this July 12th
Visible for Public Observing evening sky
Virgo is high in the southwest at dusk.
high in twilight in the south-southwest.
The summer constellations are
rising in the eastern sky now. with stars of summer Vega, Deneb, and Altair
which form the distinctive asterism known as the Summer Triangle.
constellation Hercules, the Son of Jupiter is in the east. In
Hercules you will find the beautiful Globular star cluster M-13.
Lyra the Harp js rising in the northeast as
public observing begins. The springtime
constellation of Leo the Lion hangs is in the west. The constellation Virgo
is high in the south. The
constellation Gemini is low in western sky. 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.
August 9, 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