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Public Events

Monthly lectures

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.

Main Presentation

An invited guest delivers an interesting and informative presentation on an astronomy related topic.

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Astronomy Fundamentals Meeting

afsig-logoThe 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

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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.  Follow our Facebook page (link under “Media” on our homepage) for public star party events (under Facebook Events) to get real-time updates to include any potential weather cancellations.

Astronomy Festival

Astronomy Day Celebration!  The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will host a free family Astronomy Festival on Saturday April 29, 2017 from Noon to 9 pm at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E River Road (River & Alvernon) Ramada A.  We will have safe solar viewing of the Sun and interactive astronomy exhibits for the kids, including building an eclipse viewer, throughout the afternoon.  During the evening, there will be about 10 telescopes for observing such celestial wonders as:  Jupiter, Mars, and a small crescent Moon; Double Stars and Star Clusters; Nebulae; Galaxies; and more.  Plus, at 8 pm, we will have a “Walk Around the Night Sky” presentation about constellations and astronomy folk lore.  At dusk, there will be a free raffle of a 50mm telescope (must be present to win) + other cool prizes.  Participants can bring their personal telescopes if you would like any help in using it.  There will also be a food truck throughout the afternoon for purchasing food.

For real-time updates (weather and changing events, check back here or follow the event on our Facebook page (link under Media on our home page).

Schedule:

Noon – 6:30 pm                Safe Solar viewing of the Sun
Noon – 6:00 pm                Interactive Astronomy Exhibits
–  Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse by making an eclipse viewer
– Other interactive projects for kids to have fun with astronomy
7:00 pm                                 Door Prizes (free) – 50mm refractor telescope + other astronomy related items (must be present to win)
7:30 – 9:00 pm                   Night Sky Viewing through TAAA telescopes
– TAAA will have a couple “kid friendly” telescopes for kids to learn about telescopes and view celestial objects
8:00 pm                                 Walk Around The Night Sky Presentation
– Learn about constellations, celestial objects, and Folk Lore
All Afternoon / Evening             Bring personal telescopes for viewing or assistance in using

Oracle State Park

Our next Oracle State Park Star Party will be Saturday September23, 2017 at the Kannally Ranch House from 7 – 9 pm.

Catalina State Park

Our next Catalina State Park Star Party will be Saturday October 14, 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) & occasionally Brandi Fenton Park.  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.

About the Party
Frequently Asked Questions
Accommodation information
National Park Service Grand Canyon Star Party website

If you have any more questions or concerns, please ask!

Jim O’Connor
South Rim Coordinator, Grand Canyon Star Party
P.O. Box 457
Cortaro, AZ 85652
gcsp [at] tucsonastronomy [dot] org

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