November 12, 2016
p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Rudy Park, York, PA. Observatory
will be an Astronomy Program in the Observatory October 8th if cloudy.
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
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 changed to an astronomical presentation.
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
Visible for Public Observing Night Sky
November 12, 2016
Sun sets at 4:53 p.m. and is located in the constellation Libra.
evening sky finds the Moon in the south in the constellation Pisces
and is at phase 96.47% lit. The Moon sets at 4:09 a.m.. See: Moon
is just visible low in the southwest after sunset located in the constellation
Capricornus. Mars sets at 9:46 p.m.
is in the south southwest in the constellation Aquarius. Neptune sets
at 12:57 am.
is high in the south southeast sky located in the constellation
Pisces. Uranus sets at 4:28 am. The Moon is 9 degrees lower left
of Uranus this night.
winter constellation are rising in the east. Orion the Hunter is rising
in the eastern horizon. The
Summer Triangle can be seen low in the west in the evening
The stars consisting of the constellations Lyra with its
bright star Vega, Cygnus with its bright star Deneb and Aquila
with bright star Altair make up the Summer Triangle. The Big
Dipper lies horizontal and is partly visible above the northern
horizon. Above the Big Dipper is the Little Dipper which
contains Polaris the north star. See How to use the Big
Dipper to find Polaris the north star. See: Finding
These are just a few of the many constellations visible this
November 12, 2016 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