TAAA General Meeting
Our general meeting occurs on the first Friday of every month and consists of two (2) parts:
Astronomy Essentials Presentation
We start out with an Essentials Presentation. A member or invited guest gives a short presentation on a basic astronomical concept.
An invited guest delivers an interesting and informative presentation on an astronomy related topic.
Astronomy Fundamentals Meeting
The Astronomy Fundamentals group meets on the second Thursday of every month. Discussions include the Constellation of the Month, instruction on astronomy equipment and tools, and other topics of interest to the amateur astronomer. Read more about the Astronomy Fundamentals SIG
Public Star Parties
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) conducts Public Star Parties throughout the Tucson area. Details regarding upcoming events can be viewed in our Events Calendar. These include:
Tucson Star Party
UPDATE (9:00 AM February 18). Weather and clouds persist. If this trend continues (likely), we will not be doing any Solar or evening activities. If the sky is only partly cloudy (less then 50% covered), we will give it a try.
Our annual Tucson Star Party, will be Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Pima Community College East Campus (8181 E Irvington Rd). Observing will be from 10 AM to 9 PM. TAAA will have several solar telescopes during the day to safely view the Sun to include sun spots, solar prominence, and other solar activity. During the evening (starting about 6 p.m.), we will have telescopes to observe some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects, to include: the Planets Venus, Mars, & Uranus; Orion’s Nebula (a star nursery) & other gas clouds; Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away); double star systems; star clusters; and other celestial highlights. Observing will take place near the PCC Observatories on the south side of the campus. The PCC observatories will also be open for viewing. This is a free event open to the public.
Oracle State Park
Our next Oracle State Park Star Party will be Saturday March 18th, 2017 at the Kannally Ranch House from 7 – 9 pm.
Catalina State Park
Our next Catalina State Park Star Party will be Saturday April 1, 2017 at the trailhead parking lot. We will have about 10 telescopes to view some amazing deep sky objects. Observing will be from 7 – 10 pm.
Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
Monthly Star Parties at Agua Caliente Park (NE Tucson) & Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area (West Tucson). See our Events Calendar for more details.
Annual and Bi-Annual Events
Grand Canyon Star Party
June 17-24, 2017
Grand Canyon Star Party, sponsored by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, is a shared event between astronomers from around North America and the National Park Service to bring astronomical outreach to visitors at the Grand Canyon. More information including current and future dates for the Grand Canyon Star Party can be found here.
If you have any more questions or concerns, please ask!
South Rim Coordinator, Grand Canyon Star Party
P.O. Box 457
Cortaro, AZ 85652
gcsp [at] tucsonastronomy [dot] org
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