Free Public Observing Night
November 15, 2014
till 10:00 p.m.
Rudy Park, York, PA. Observatory
Event is on schedule
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
The November 15, 2014 Night Sky for
Sun sets at 4:50 p.m. on November 15th is located in the constellation
one day past last quarter Moon this November 15th rises at 12:02 p.m. and is
lit rising in the east in the constellation Leo the Lion.
Visible for Public Observing evening sky
is overhead in the constellation Pisces the Fish.
Neptune in the west is in the constellation Aquarius.
Galaxies and Star clusters
a tour of deep space objects.
public observing begins at 8:00 pm you can still see the distinctive asterism
known as the Summer Triangle, which is hovering above the western
horizon with the stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair forming the Triangle. High in the east you’ll find the small knot of stars known as the Pleiades or the Seven
Sisters, they are an asterism within the constellation of Taurus, the
Bull. Overhead are the dim
autumnal constellations of Pegasus "the winged horse"
and Andromeda "the daughter of Cepheus".
In the northern sky, always above the horizon for us is Cassiopeia,
"the Queen of Ethiopia" and Ursa Minor (Little
Bear or Little
Dipper) with the north star Polaris. It takes light from Polaris
390 light years to reach us.
By 10:00 pm the stars of the Great Winter Circle are climbing
above the eastern horizon, with the familiar figure of Orion the
November 15, 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