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There are 66 days left until CSP 25
October 09 - 11, 2015
Registration starts on 08-06-2015

Astronomical Society of New Haven CSP 25
Special Announcement

Due to an unexpected last minute change, J.N. Webster in Ashford CT is unavailable this year.For this reason registration will be starting late.After scouring the state for a suitable location, we are pleased and lucky to have the opportunity to celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Connecticut Star Party (CSP) back in the dark skies of Northwestern Connecticut.This year we will be holding CSP-25 at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, CT on the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.

Camp Strang offers three different observing locations to choose from, all with beautiful dark skies. Each field has its own character, and it's up to you to choose where you want to set up.

"Brownsea Field" is similar in size to the main observing field in Ashford, but a little more hilly.This field includes showers with electric power available for field use, and a bunkhouse with a back porch for lounging during the day.The field has a good-sized flat area to set up on near the showers, and plenty of room around the field to pitch a tent.

"Dining Hall Field" does not have power available and is located between the Dining Hall and the "Training Facility" bunkhouse near the main entrance.

"Camporee Field" is the largest of all the fields. It is also the highest elevation and has the best all around horizontal views, almost to the horizon in all directions.Camporee is also the most remote and "rustic" of the three. There is no power available on Camporee, and outdoor latrines are available.

Everything is a little more spread out in this camp, with the walk from the Brownsea field to the Dinning Hall being approximately a 1/2 mile.Roughly this is the distance from the lower cabins in Ashford to the mess hall. Camporee is approximately a quarter mile from Brownsea Field, but accessible directly from West Side Road.

Your support of Connecticut Star Party has allowed us to spread the word about the wonders and beauty of astronomy to hundreds of people through our public outreach program.ASNH has observed here in the past, and based on common consensus most believe the skies are at least a mag darker than our other locations.It's very difficult to find a good spot in our state, and we truly believe this is a good one! ASNH and the CSP Team are very grateful for your support and understanding, and we hope you'll give this great new location a try.

Ashford will be available again next year. We look forward to seeing you all!

The ASNH Board of Directors

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NASA Whats Up for August

NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

What's Up? -- A monthly video that gives tips for where you can find the moon, planets and stars in the night sky. Also includes amateur astronomy news and updates on NASA missions.

FaviconWhat's Up - August 2015

Posted on: 4 Aug 2015, 8:08 pm

The best Perseid meteor shower in years!

ESO European Southern Observatory ESOcast

ESOcast SD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier with our host Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske.

FaviconESOcast 74: Mapping the Southern Skies

Posted on: 30 Apr 2015, 5:00 am

ESOcast 74 looks at ESO’s pair of survey telescopes at Paranal: the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) and the VLT Survey Telescope (VST).


Hubblecast HD

The latest news about astronomy, space and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope presented in High Definition is only for devices that play High Definition video (not iPhone or iPod). To watch the Hubblecast on your iPod and/or iPhone, please download the Standard Definition version also available on iTunes.

FaviconHubblecast episode 85: Ode to Hubble

Posted on: 5 Jun 2015, 10:00 am

To celebrate Hubble's 25th birthday ESA/Hubble asked the public to produce and submit short videos illustrating how Hubble has inspired them. This new Hubblecast episode presents the two winning videos. The episode also introduces us to the creators of the videos and they explain how they produced the videos and the inspiration for creating them.

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NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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FaviconSmall Prototype Earth Return Capsule Flight Tested 3 Aug 2015, 10:14 am

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program funded the flight test for the new type of orbital entry return capsule aboard one of the program's providers, Near Space Corporation's (NSC) high-altitude balloon.

FaviconSOFIA Team Home After Observing the Southern Skies 31 Jul 2015, 2:00 pm

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has returned from a six-week deployment to study portions of the universe visible only from Earth's Southern Hemisphere. The flying observatory was based at the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program facility at Christchurch International Airport from June 15 to July 24.

FaviconThe Next Era of Aviation: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management Convention 27 Jul 2015, 5:39 am

This week, NASA is hosting a three-day UTM Convention to bring together a broad domestic and international audience of stakeholders.

FaviconFinding Another Earth 23 Jul 2015, 11:58 am

Kepler's newest planetary find joins a pantheon of planets with similarities to Earth.

FaviconFrozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s 'Heart' 17 Jul 2015, 12:48 pm

In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature.

Astronomy News

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As NASA gears up for the launch of its next great space telescope in 2018, a model-making team is asking for help to create miniature versions of the huge observatory for public outreach.

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Two and a half years after an expedition led by the CEO of Amazon.com raised them off the seafloor, the historic rocket engine parts that launched NASA astronauts on at least three missions to land on the moon are now preserved for museum display.

APOD for Today


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FaviconApollo 17 at Shorty Crater 

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FaviconStripping ESO 137-001 

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FaviconThe ISS and a Colorful Moon 

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NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconAlgae Bloom in Lake St. Clair 4 Aug 2015, 11:07 am

On July 28, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured images of algal blooms around the Great Lakes, visible as swirls of green in this image of Lake St. Clair and in western Lake Erie.

FaviconSpace Station Lunar Transit 2 Aug 2015, 9:28 am

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, Woodford, VA.

FaviconBlue Moon Over Washington 1 Aug 2015, 8:37 am

A second full moon for the month of July is seen next to the dome of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Washington.

FaviconNEEMO Undersea Crew Tests Tools and Techniques For Future Spacewalks 31 Jul 2015, 11:01 am

This photograph of NASA astronaut Serena Aunon (@AstroSerena) moving tools and equipment underwater was taken during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 20 mission. NEEMO 20 is focusing on evaluating tools and techniques being tested for future spacewalks on a variety of surfaces and gravity levels.

FaviconFrosty Gullies on the Northern Plains of Mars 30 Jul 2015, 10:24 am

Seasonal frost commonly forms at middle and high latitudes on Mars, much like winter snow on Earth. However, on Mars most frost is carbon dioxide (dry ice) rather than water ice. This frost appears to cause surface activity, including flows in gullies.

Faces of the Moon A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

There Once Was A Sky Full Of Stars A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography A new book by ASNH member Ruben Kier Click the book below for a review from Springer.com

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