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Lunisolar Calendar

Lunisolar Calendar

Used by many cultural s throughout history, lunisolar calendars are used to indicate the date in the form of both the Moon phase and the time of the solar year. It is worth noting that the use of…

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Lunar Calendars

July 5 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

As mentioned in the moon phases article, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not…

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Star Party Resources

For those looking for star party resources including where locations in the Pacific Northwest, volunteering resources, or ideas for your party, here is a collection of articles. These star parties are gatherings of amateur astronomers for the purpose…

Eta Aquirids Meteor Showers

Meteor Shower Viewing Guide

Over the course of the year, there are many meteor showers visible to the people. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one…


Lunar Gallery

Take a look at the best lunar photographs taken by the team! Enjoy these gems, which includes a supermoon, full moon, and more. After taking a few shots this week, which can be found here,…

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Star Party Ideas

Looking for star party ideas? Looking to change up the star party viewing targets? Trying to get the public interested in a new star party or interested in attending? Don’t worry, we have you covered…

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Astronomical League Observing Programs And Awards

In a prior article, we discussed the Astronomical League, so those looking for some information about the league should check that out. Todays article is going to discuss one way that amateur astronomers can get…

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Lunar Craters: An Introduction

Lunar craters are impact craters that can be seen on the surface of the Earth’s Moon. All of the craters that make up the Moon’s visible surface were made by impacts at one point in time in the Moon’s history….

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Top 5 Most Reliable Summer Astronomical Targets

Summer can always be a fun time in the Pacific Northwest with the plethora of outdoor activities and wonderful weather. With the shorter nights and longer days, there are certainly more clear nights to go…