Stars in the Night Sky Network!
Crowds from the docks at the QueenÂ’s Cup sailboat race in Grand Haven, Michigan took a break to take a look through telescopes provided by the Muskegon Astronomical Society (Photo courtesy of John Brinegar)

These Night Sky Network clubs have logged at least five events (number of events is in parentheses):
  • (5) Amarillo Astronomy Club
  • (7) Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society
  • (6) Astronomical Society of Northern New England
  • (5) Astronomical Society of Southern New England
  • (5) Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society
  • (6) Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.
  • (6) Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
  • (6) East Valley Astronomy Club
  • (6) Evansville Astronomical Society
  • (11) Kansas Astronomical Observers
  • (7) Miami Valley Astronomical Society
  • (5) Muskegon Astronomical Society
  • (6) Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
  • (5) Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League Inc.
  • (10) River Bend Astronomy Club
  • (9) San Antonio Astronomical Association
  • (9) Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
  • (6) South Texas Astronomical Society
  • (5) Starlight Astronomy Club
  • (5) Starsplitters of Wyalusing
  • (12) Statesboro Astronomy Club
  • (15) Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • (5) Vermont Astronomical Society
  • (8) Westminster Astronomical Society, Inc.
The newest additions to this list are Muskegon and Barnard-Seyfert. What kind of events have they recently held?

Mark Mikula of Muskegon Astronomical Society reports on the Queen’s Cup event (pictured above): “It was an incredible event.....People coming from every direction......Nothing like seeing someone with a 50' sailboat come and look through my telescope and sit there in awe......Unbelievable the turnout.” An estimated crowd of 200 came by to look at the Moon and the Sun and to learn how planets are found around stars other than our Sun.

In Brentwood, Tennessee, JanaRuth Ford of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society led a presentation to an attentive of group of inner city kids. But weÂ’ll let her tell the story:
“This was a group of inner city kids that had come to a previous star party and expressed an interest in learning more about astronomy. In addition to the NSN materials, we used plastic beads and balls and a tape measure to make a simple Solar System walk in the driveway and then talked about extrasolar planets, where they are, how we find them, and demonstrated why we put telescopes in space!
“We have already planned a Telescope Treasure Hunt with this great group of young people for August!”

Is your local astronomy club a member of the Night Sky Network? Click here to see a map!.

With over 350 posted events which have reached over 33,000 people, the Night Sky Network clubs are making a tremendous impact by providing unique experiences for their communities under the night sky.