JAN 12, All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. January highlight: JAN 3-4 Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids are an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower usually peaks on January 3 & 4, but some meteors can be visible from January 1 - 5. See the king of the planets through a Galileo replica scope and through a much more modern one.
 
FEB 9, All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. February highlights: Saturn and Jupiter Battle the Moon for attention as each passes close by the other. Feb 15 Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass by Earth at an altitude of 27.000 km. Stay tuned to this station for more info on a near miss program. More info about the asteroid is found at http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news174.html
 
MAR 9. All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. March highlights: Mercury's best appearance for the year at sunset during the last half of the month. March 20 - March Equinox. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere. Comet PANSTARRS will be visible around the middle of that month from the northern hemisphere, quite possibly as a very bright object low in the west during evening twilight. Of course, comets are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to their brightness, and it is distinctly possible that Comet PANSTARRS and/or Comet ISON (Dec) could "fizzle" and fade away as they approach the sun.
 
APR 13, All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. April highlight: April 20 - Astronomy Day Part 1. Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," . You can find out about special local events by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium at https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-view.cfm?Club_ID=152 . April 28 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. All this is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
 
MAY 11, All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. May highlights: May 25 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be almost invisible throughout most of North America. Join us and find out how and why it happens. May 28 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two bright planets will be within 1 degree of each other in the evening sky. The planet Mercury will also will also be visible nearby. Look to the west near sunset.
 
JUN 8, 2 programs, Solar Observing 2-5 pm and Star gazing 8 pm. All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. June highlights: Join us to look at the nearest star to our planet during the day, then come back that night and look at other suns. June 21 - June Solstice. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the southern hemisphere.
 
JUL 13, 2 programs, Solar Observing 2-5 pm and Star gazing 8 pm. All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. July highlights: Travel back in time 90 minutes to see Saturn, 2 1/2 minutes to see Venus and 1 1/2 seconds to see the Moon or 2.5 million years to see the Andromeda galaxy with us.
 
AUG 10, All programs rain or shine. Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. August highlights: August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 - August 22. Come join us to watch the shower and handle a real meteorite. August 27 - Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Neptune. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in most telescopes.
 
SEP 14, All programs rain or shine.Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. September highlights: A new comet has been discovered that is predicted to blaze incredibly brilliantly in the skies during late 2013. Join us as we make a comet and explore how meteor showers are formed. With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometers from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will dazzle the eye at up to magnitude —16. That's far brighter than the full Moon. If predictions hold true then C/2012 S1 will certainly be one of the greatest comets in human history, far outshining the memorable Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997. Of course, comets are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to their brightness, and it is distinctly possible that Comet ISON could "fizzle" and fade away as it approaches the sun.
 
OCT 13, All programs rain or shine.Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. October highlights: October 3 - Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes. Compare Uranus and Neptune through our scopes. October 12 - Astronomy Day Part 2. Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can also find more about Astronomy Day at https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-view.cfm?Club_ID=152.
 
NOV 9, All programs rain or shine.Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. November highlights: November 3 - Hybrid Solar Eclipse. The eclipse path will begin in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of the United States and move east across the Atlantic and across central Africa. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2013.html). Join us and find out how and why it happens.
 
DEC 14, All programs rain or shine.Time machines will be provided by the Westminster Astronomy Club. December highlights: December 13, 15 - Geminids Meteor Shower. Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, the Geminids are known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak. The peak of the shower usually occurs around December 13 & 14, although some meteors should be visible from December 6 - 19. Come join us to watch the shower and handle a real meteorite.

Date: Saturday, 6/8/2013

Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: SOLDIERS DELIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL AREA, 5100 DEER PARK, OWINGS MILLS, MD 21117

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ALL PROGRAMS RAIN OR SHINE. DRESS WARM FOR WINTER PROGRAMS. BUG SPRAY FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAMS. WE WILL DO AN INDOOR ACTIVITY IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT PERMIT OBSERVING.

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SOLDIERS DELIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL AREA
MEET AT NATURE CENTER

5100 DEER PARK

OWINGS MILLS, MD 21117

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