In addition to the "Friday Night Open Houses", which are free and open to the public every clear Friday evening at Broemmelsiek Park, we have selectively scheduled some special dates this year with the St Charles County Parks department. These are our "Special Events", and most are related to special astronomical events that we choose to support. Note that meteor showers can be very negatively affected by a bright moon, so we selectively support them based on visibility.
All Public events feature several telescopes and operators who provide views thru their scopes free of charge. Both members and non-members bring scopes. Anyone who needs help with their own scopes are encouraged to bring them, however please have them available for us to help you with them before sundown. If your scope is working fine, but you'd like help to find some objects, please just ask one of our members (most of which will have a name tag). We are glad to help you find things with your scope, please ask!
General rules at star parties apply to help all of us retain our night vision. Please avoid bringing flashlights (unless they are red or covered by red plastic, and kept pointed "downward") or any other lighted devices. Try to avoid shining car headlights at the telescope field as you park or leave, else please minimize it as much as possible while remaining safe (use your parking lights). Again, we are at Broemmelsiek Park every Friday night if the weather is decent.
Here are the "Special Events" events planned for 2014:
[ St Charles County Parks Info: Phone: 636-949-7535 ( or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) ]
[ ASEM Contact info: Outreach@asemonline.org ]
Planned 2014 Events:
MARCH 2013 Opposition of MARS - Broemmelsiek Park (Friday March 11 & Friday March 18)
Mars comes close but once every two years. While the opposition is on March 8, these two Friday nights should be optimal for viewing, as it will be for all of March. However, for these two Fridays we will give special attention to Mars, as many folks ask to view it and so rarely get a good chance to see it well.
TUES MARCH 15 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE EVENT - Broemmelsiek Park
Come on out to see Mars late the evening of the 14th and stay for an eclipse of the Moon shortly after midnight. Official start of penumbral eclipse is 12:57AM. Totality 2:06am to 3:25am. Ends at 4:03am. S&T eclipses 2014 page
SAT MAY 24 "POSSIBLE" (take your chances!) BIG (?) Meteor Shower (209P/Linear) - Broemmelsiek Park
A prediction that this may be a really good, one-time shower. Calculations show that the USA and Canada are favored. Radiant is in Camelopardalis. Predicted to peak around 7h Universal Time (2AM CDT) on May 24. S&T Camelopards 2014 page
SAT SEPT 27 FAMILY CAMPING EVENT - Indian Camp Creek Park
Setup for telescopes will be west of the playground for Shelter #5, on the back side of the "loop". This location is handy for the campground attendees, but anyone from the public is welcome to drive in to attend the stargazing event. Other events will also be going on there that weekend, or spend time hiking or biking at the park, and then a night with the stars. This is a nice hiking park, located on the northern side of St Charles County. Contact the St Charles County Parks (see above) to reserve a cabin or camp space, or else just simply drop by for the evening. This stargazing event will start shortly after sunset (7:13pm), and the telescope operators will pack up sometime between 10:30pm and 11PM.
WEDS OCTOBER 8 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE EVENT - Broemmelsiek Park
Set your alarm and come on out in the early AM to see an eclipse of the Moon. Penubral eclipse starts at 4:14AM CDT. Official start of totality is 5:24AM CDT. Ends at moonset, approximately = Sunrise = 6:06AM. Dress warm and bring plenty of coffee.
THURS OCTOBER 23 PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENT - Broemmelsiek Park
Come on out to see a late afternoon view of the Moon cruising over the face of the Sun. Official start of the eclipse is 3:41PM. Ends at 5:08 PM (sundown). Maximum eclipse is at 4:47PM, with 39% of the Sun's total area covered.
This is NOT an event for unprotected eyes! Our club members will have special filters to allow us to see the Sun safely. For those who cannot attend but want to see this event from home, consider a #14 welders glass or devise a pinhole projection box.
S&T eclipses 2014 page
St. Louis, MO 16:41 17:47 SUNSET 0.505 0.390....(in English)........4:41pm..........7:47PM...6:14PM.......DIAMETER........AREA
All times are in Local Daylight Saving Time.
Both locations offer restroom facilities. If it is hot outside, you are advised to bring liquids, sunscreen (for daytime events), and repellent! In cold weather, dress in layers, and wear more than you thought necessary.