Darksky Enlightenment

Making the darkest nights most enlightening, just needs a pinch of cosmosity and hunger for knowledge!

Welcome

  • Welcome to Light Benders Amateur Astronomy group. Thanks for bringing your cosmic hunger.

  • We have been more primitively meeting in smaller group in person with those of similar gravitation fling in the orbit with us and take a ride along. Events and open houses are conducted weekly weather permitting.

  • Become a member and enjoy additional benefits.

    • Learning to live in a post pandemic world, LightBenders is going Digital. Soon launching the AstroDigital virtual observatory. Opportunity to tune and focus a telescope virtually using digital tools.

    • Membership includes access to selective study material on various celestial categories from Earth and Solar system to distant galaxies and dark matter.

    • Please fill out this survey to become a member.

    • Contribute to newsletters released annually - visit the News Letter for annual cosmic connection series.

  • Cant wait to get out there and look up into the clear night sky? Help yourself with some basic info and planning using the link for sky tonight.

  • This will help you plan and know ahead of time the direction of objects, constellations with rise and set times, especially to watch any events.

  • It will help with patience to making skywatch more enjoyable as you will already know about the sky and find it familiar.

  • Checkout our events page and photos for latest activities and updates. For remote yet more active participation.

  • With a dark night sky seeking your attention most of time you may wonder what's all visible tonight.

  • You notice a bright object glaring at you. Is that a star or is that a planet? You will need either a star chart or similar app and know how to use it. Or just grab a binocular and watch the object. If it appears bigger and brighter its a planet.

  • Follow the planets chart link to find which planet you are looking at.

  • How do you differentiate planets from stars? Well you can't unless you watch it for a few days, planets move across the ecliptic in matter of days, stars don't as much, it take a season for constellations to move across ecliptic.

2021 meteor shower​s

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest astronomical events of the year, taking place each August. The showers are expected to take place Aug. 8-14, 2021 (peak viewing is estimated for Thursday, Aug. 12).

  • Quadrantids, Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 10 (peak estimated for Jan. 2-3)

  • Lyrids, April 16-30 (peak estimated for April 21-22)

  • Eta Aquariids, April 19-May 28 (peak estimated for May 4-5)

  • Southern delta Aquariids, July 12-Aug. 23 (peak estimated for July 28-29)

  • Alpha Capricornids, July 3-Aug. 15 (peak estimated for July 28-29)