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Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSASTRO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the nighttime sky. Our club is a member society of the Astronomical League (AL) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). We regularly meet to observe the splendors of our dark, dry, Colorado skies. In addition to monthly observing sessions, we hold monthly membership meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Please check out the Monthly Meetings page for more info. Our membership is diverse in age, education, occupation, astronomical experience and expertise. Some members have formal training in astronomy, but the majority are non-technical hobbyists. Many are beginners* who merely want to increase their understanding of the heavens. Star parties are our most frequent activity where we meet at a local venue to observe the night sky. Typically, we schedule one official monthly star party and club meeting. However, many members get together on short notice for impromptu observing sessions throughout the month. Members are contacted for a last-minute impromptu observing through our forums. CSASTRO hosts public star parties, often in conjunction with local museums, libraries, parks, and educational institutions. We sponsor public viewing sessions at various places throughout our 10K square mile geographic area of coverage. Also, we present astronomy and space science education programs for local schools and nonprofit organizations through our Outreach program. During June-July, we host a 4-day astronomy camp-out called Rocky Mountain Star Stare(RMSS) for astronomy enthusiasts throughout the country and abroad. CSASTRO owns a spectacular 35 acre parcel of land near Gardner, CO; an extreme dark sky location, that we use to host RMSS. This property is also available to members year round to observe from. Gardner is about a 2 hour drive Southwest from downtown Colorado Springs. CSASTRO also hosts and administers the Earth Orbiting Satellite Observing Club (EOSOC) program for the Astronomical League. This observing program is open to all Astronomical League (AL) members throughout the United States and overseas. CSASTRO members are automatically made AL members upon signing up.