Let's Have a Star Party
A very young observer and her dad view the Sun
through a San Francisco Amateur Astronomers safe solar telescope
at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in California.
(Credit: Lindsay Dunn)

Right now, we are in the midst of GLOBE at Night March 16-28th! What are your plans?

Join us in our celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) using our March Discovery Guide.
Each month we feature a separate Night Sky Network activity on this website.

Find out below some of the latest activities Night Sky Network amateur astronomy clubs are doing right now.

Marc Stowbridge of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society held a Skywatch star party at the Alton Central School, "We passed out International Year of Astronomy (IYA) buttons and stickers. It was VERY cold, and we had 6 telescopes set up in the soccer field under a dark, clear sky. The hot chocolate was a life-saver!"

Ken Alderson, president and Night Sky Network Coordinator of the Louisville Astronomical Society had this chilling news to report: "It was fifteen degrees above zero at our James G. Baker Center for Astronomy. Persevering the bitter cold were four hearty, enthusiastic presenters. The atmosphere was obviously toasty as we had twenty four people endure the cold and our warming presentation."

This excerpt from Elizabeth and Paul Rose of the Final Frontier Astronomy Society stated: "Astronomy is a huge passion that consumes most of our leisure time. We enjoy looking through our telescope and sharing that with others. It always brings a smile to my face when people look in the eyepiece and see Saturn for the first time. It reminds me of my first time; knowing that it was something that I would never forget!"

Find out about this month's "Featured Observing Object" Saturn, by using this guide to discover the excitement of the International Year of Astronomy.

Better yet, check out your local astronomy club to learn more about observing and get excited with astronomy yourself!