2017

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Winter monthly AACI meetings are held at 7:00 PM the 2nd Friday of each month at the Fisher Community Center, 709 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA.

Special, Weekly, and Monthly Events
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 Meetings and Events from April through October might get delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. 
If you have a question about whether we will have an event, please call (641) 751-8744.
​Often during the summer months, clouds, if any, clear after sunset.
 


 FridayJanuary 13 • 7:00 PM • Fisher Community Center

Potluck dinner & monthly meeting

(Lunar Day 15.75 @ 7 PM)


FridayFebruary10 • 7:00 PM • Fisher Community Center

Presentation: Eclipses


FridayMarch 10 • 7:00 PM • Fisher Community Center

Presentation: Telescopes


Friday, April 14 • 7:00 PM • Pizza Ranch

2305 S Center Street • Marshalltown, IA  50158

Presentation: Edwin Hubble & Galaxies


SpecialEvent

Saturday, April 29 - Astronomy Day

Details will be announced when they are available.

 


Public  Viewing - Every Friday Night

Starting At Sunset.
April 21 to October 27 - ​Weather permitting
Dean Memorial Observatory @ Green Castle Recreation Area

Starting At Sunset.


Friday, May 12 • 8:20 PM • Dean Memorial Observatory

Presentation: Messenger Spacecraft Mission to Mercury 


FridayJune 10 • 11:00 AM • Green Castle Recreation Area

Club Solar Picnic: Gander Lookout Shelter


Friday, July 14 • 8:45 PM • Dean Memorial Observatory

Presentation: Saturn


Friday, August 11 • 8:15 PM • Dean Memorial Observatory

Presentation: August 21 Total Solar Eclipse.


ExtraSpecial Event
Monday, August 21 • Total Solar Eclipse
The narrow, about 60 mile wide, path of this total solar eclipse will cross the US from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of totality will just miss the southwest corner of Iowa.
Many Iowans will travel to Nebraska or Missouri so they can see the total eclipse from inside the path of totality.

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NASA - Total Solar Eclipse Web Site
AN OBSERVER’S GUIDE TO VIEWING THE ECLIPSE

The Eclipse will not quite be total in and around Marshalltown.

April 8, 2024 and August 12, 2045 are the dates for the next total eclipses visible in the USA, but neither will be as close to Iowa as this 2017 eclipse. 


Special Event
Thursday, September 14 to Monday, September 18 • Iowa Star Party

​Whiterock Conservancy - Coon Rapids, IA (41°48'16.1"N 94°38'30.6"W)

http://www.iowastarparty.com/


Friday, September 22 • 7:30 PM • Dean Memorial Observatory

Presentation: Planetary Nebula


Special Event

Saturday, September 30 - Astronomy Day

Details will be announced when they are available.


Friday, October 13 • 6:30 PM • Dean Memorial Observatory

Presentation: How Far Is It?


Friday, November 10 • 7:00 PM • Fisher Community Center

Presentation: Black Holes


December • No club activity - HappyHolidays!




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Moon Phases - 2017
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January
5th -  First Quarter (F.Q.)
12th - Full Moon (F.M.)
19th - Last Quarter (L.Q.)
27th - New Moon (N.M.)

 
February
3rd - F.Q. 
10th - F.M.
18th - L.Q.
26th - N.M. 

 
March
Daylight Saving Time Starts
Mar, 12 @ 2 AM
5th - F.Q.
12th - F.M. 
20th - L.Q.
27th - N.M.

  
April
3rd - F.Q. 
11th - F.M.
19th - L.Q.
26th - N.M.

  
May
2nd - F.Q. 
10th - F.M.
18th - L.Q.
25th - N.M.

 
 June
1st - F.Q.
9th - F.M. 
17th - L.Q.
23rd - N.M.
30th - F.Q.

  
July
8th - F.M.
16th - L.Q.
23rd - N.M.
30th - F.Q.

  
August
7th - F.M.
14th - L.Q.
21st - N.M.
29th - F.Q.

  
September
6th - F.M.
13th - L.Q.
20th - N.M.
27th -F.Q.

  
October
5th - F.M. 
12th - L.Q.
19th - N.M.
27th - F.Q.

 
 November
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov. 5th @ 2 AM
4th - F.M
10th - L.Q.
18th - N.M.
26th - F.Q.

  
December
3rd - F.M.
10th - L.Q.
18th - N.M.
26th - F.Q.

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 Amateur Astronomers

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