Orionid Meteor Shower & Astronomy Day!

Solar gazers looking through solar telescopes 
"Many visitors are amazed they can view the Sun through a scope and more are surprised at the (small) size of the Sun as it appears in our sky." Daniel Glomski, member,
The Platte Valley Astronomical Observers 

Orionid meteor shower & Astronomy Day! 

The NASA Night Sky Network astronomy clubs invite you to celebrate Astronomy Day! There are plenty of star parties, safe solar viewings and other public events. You don't need any experience with a telescope or to know anything about astronomy, just come and enjoy. Bring friends, family, and your neighbors for a stellar time that's easy on your wallet. Most events are free or low-cost. It's a great weekend for Astronomy Day, because it's during the Orionid meteor shower. 

Our partners at EarthSky tell us, 

The best viewing for the Orionids in 2012 will probably be before dawn on October 21. Try the days before and after that, too, sticking to the midnight-to-dawn hours. Read more on the Orionid meteor shower

Tips for watching meteor showers from our Heads Up, It's a Meteor Shower handout:

*You don’t need a telescope, just your eyes

*Watch the whole sky

*Find a dark spot away from streetlights

*Lie down on a blanket, air mattress, or reclining chair 

*Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark and you will see more faint meteors

*Wear layers

Most clubs celebrate Astronomy Day on October 20th, but check the calendar to make sure. 

Astronomy clubs have great activities before the sunset.
Laura leads an activity about craters on the Earth and Moon - people hold real meteorites in their hands! 

Photo: M. Lewis, Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

Astronomy Day - Texas Style is wildly popular. The Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society along with the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, the Houston Astronomical Society, the North Houston Astronomy Club and the Astronomical Society of South East Texas join forces every year at the George Observatory, to bring you hours of non-stop astronomy. Photo: Chris Randall

Join our vibrant stargazing community!

We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for sky charts, beautiful images, and lively conversation. 

Find star parties and solar viewings quickly using these apps or use the website!

Go StarGaze, the NASA Night Sky Network astronomy app, developed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, helps you find astronomy clubs and their stargazing events on the go!

Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the main navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK.

SkySafari, a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the help menu. SkySafari is available for Android and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Clear skies and happy stargazing!

The NASA Night Sky Network is managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in cooperation with NASA