St. George Astronomy Group
(SGAG)


The St. George Astronomy Group is an informal  association of amateur astronomers in St. George, Toquerville  and other nearby communities in southwest Utah.

The group was formed to (a) exchange ideas and foster fellowship among people with an interest in astronomy, (b) to host public star parties, and (c) to promote proper lighting and dark skies over southwest Utah.

There are no officers, dues, or formal meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to actively participate in hosting star parties and working for dark skies over St. George.

People who wish to know about the group's public activities can join our mailing list.




 
SOLAR TELESCOPE VIEWING

Free Public Viewing of Rare

“Transit of Mercury”

Monday, May 9th


 

On the morning of Monday, May 9th, the tiny planet Mercury moves directly in front of the sun and for a few hours moves across the sun’s face in a “transit of Mercury.” These events are rare – the last transit of Mercury was in 2006 and the next won’t be until November, 2019.

 

During the transit an observer can see Mercury silhouetted in front of the sun’s disk. Mercury is not much larger than our moon, and at a distance two-thirds the sun’s it looks like a tiny black dot smaller than most sunspots. Mercury’s motion is too slow to watch -- slower than the movement of the hour hand of a clock -- but in several hours it moves from one side of the sun to the other.

 

You can see the transit only with a properly filtered solar telescope. The St. George Astronomy Group will provide solar telescopes for free public viewing in downtown St. George at Town Square (50 South Main Street), adjacent to the public library, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:40 p.m. Family friendly; everyone is invited. Clouds cancel.

 

At least part of the transit is visible simultaneously with the proper equipment to people everywhere except easternmost Asia and Austra­lia; adjust for time zones if necessary.

 


 

 

  Outreach

     2016


  • May 12-14 Astronomy training for Parashant National Park. 
  • May 9th, Solar telescope viewing of the transit of Mercury. At St. George Ut. in Town Square.
  • April 29th, Astronomy presentation at Sunriver assisted living center. St. George.
  • April 12,  Solar presentation/viewing at Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins.
  • April 6th, solar/astronomy presentation at Arrowhead Elementary.
  • March 11,  Members only..... star party at Dick Stone's Home.
  • February 10th,  Star Party for Gorge Washington Academy students and parents.
  • February 4th DSU Space Club star party for Bloomington Elementary. 7-8:30 PM
  • January 16th, Star Party at Ivins Ut.

  •                                                                             2015 
  • January 16, 2015: Star/Comet Party, Mark Shelton's home
  • February 20-21, 2015 Joint star party with Ogden Astronomical Society 
  • March 20, 2015 Star Party at Gunlock Reservoir
  • April 9, 2015  Astronomy presentation at Snow Canyon High. 
  • April 25, 2015 Star Party.......Astronomy Day,,,,,,,,,, Cancelled because of rain
  • May 7, 2015  Astronomy presentation at Arrowhead Elementary
  • May 21, 2015 Public Star Party at Unity Park. Ivins 
  • June 12, 2015 Star Party at Toquerville City Park
  • June 17-20, 2015 Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, Star Party
  • June 26, 2015 Sunset on the Square, St. George City Town Square, Star Party
  • July 10, 2015 Silver Reef Museum, Leeds, Ut (Star Party for the Museum) 
  • August 12, 2015  Perseid Meteor Shower,  Star Party,  Ivins Ut. 
  • September 11, 2015  Leeds Wild West Star Party. Silver Reef Museum. Leeds Ut.
  • September 27, 2015  Total Eclipse of the Moon, Unity Park, Ivins Ut. 
  • October 9th  2015,  Pipe Spring Star Party  (Telescope operators not needed)
  • October 9th  2015,  Member Only Star Party at Dick Stone's Home
  • December 11th 2015 Annual Christmas Party. Sonny Boys Restaurant in Hurricane, Ut. 
 2014
  • April 26, 2014: We participated in the celebration of Dark Sky Designation for Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument at Dixie State University on April 26
  • May 10, 2014: Springdale's Astronomy day.
  • May 30, 2014: Star Party, Manning Butterworth's home
  • June 27, 2014 Star Party, Dick Stones home
  • June 25-28, 2014: Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
  • July 19, 2014:  Star Party at Pine Valley 
  • August 23, 2014: Star Party at Pine Valley
  • September 18-20, 2014: Great Basin Astronomy Festival 
  • September 24-30, 2014: Goblin Valley astronomy  training and star parties. John Mosley is working with Goblin Valley State Park.
  • September 29, 2014: Instant Star Party, Dick Stones home 
  • October 23, 2014: Solar Eclipse. 2 Public Solar Viewing Locations. 
  • We will also issue a series of press releases that inform the public of events of local astronomical interest, such as eclipses. We plan to become Dixie’s source for local astronomical news.
  • November 22, Star Party at Dick Stone's Home
  • December 2, 2014 Telescope class/demonstration at Gorge Washington Academy 
  • Christmas Party Dec. 12, 2014. Sonny Boys in Hurricane, Ut