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There are 40 days left until CSP 25
October 09 - 11, 2015
Registration starts on 08-07-2015

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 75: ESO’s Top 10 Discoveries

Posted on: 20 Aug 2015, 8:00 am


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 86: The wings of the Twin Jet Nebula

Posted on: 26 Aug 2015, 9:00 am

CBS New Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night


NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

Ames News RSS

FaviconNASA Awards First Round Prizes in Cube Quest Challenge 28 Aug 2015, 2:26 pm

The first milestone of NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge has been reached, as teams competed in the first of four ground tournaments in August. The five highest-scoring competitors will each be awarded $20,000.

FaviconLADEE Project Scientist Update: August 2015 25 Aug 2015, 6:00 pm

What variety there is in our wonderful solar system!

FaviconDrilling for Data: Simulating the Search for Life on Mars 19 Aug 2015, 6:27 pm

Drilling for Data: Simulating the Search for Life on Mars

FaviconNASA Ames Celebrates Employee’s 90th Birthday, Rich Aviation History 19 Aug 2015, 1:20 pm

Founded in 1939 as the second laboratory for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), what is now NASA’s Ames Research Center has been a large part of the rich aviation history of the United States, and one of Ames’ employees is celebrating twice over on August 19, 2015, it’s both National Aviation Day and his 90th birthday.

FaviconNASA's LADEE Spacecraft Finds Neon in Lunar Atmosphere 17 Aug 2015, 11:00 am

The moon's thin atmosphere contains neon, a gas commonly used in electric signs because it gives off an intense glow when energized by an electric current.

Astronomy News

Space.com News Feed

Favicon Tiny Space Telescope to Aim at 'Super-Earth' Atmospheres

If funded, the tiny Twinkle telescope will look at the atmospheres of close alien planets, including "super-Earths."

Favicon Best Space Stories of the Week – Aug. 30, 2015

Mars One seeks billionaires, Ceres and Dione get close-ups, a Martian hoax is debunked and Stephen Hawking solves a black hole conundrum in Space.com's top stories for this week.

Favicon Second Cosmic Ray Detector Delivered to Space Station

A Japanese cargo ship that arrived on Monday at the space station delivered an astrophysics telescope that will join the flagship Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in hunting for cosmic rays.

Favicon Full Moon Tonight Offers Sneak Preview of September Lunar Eclipse

The "Sturgeon Moon" will grace the sky tonight (Aug. 29), but it is only a dress rehearsal for next month, when the full moon will undergo a total lunar eclipse.

Favicon What Is Parallax?

Parallax is a method of measuring the distance to nearby objects in space. It is also a method used to display 3D images.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconM31: The Andromeda Galaxy 

What is the nearest major What is the nearest major

FaviconThe Seagull Nebula 

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents

FaviconPuppis A Supernova Remnant 

Puppis A Supernova Remnant Puppis A Supernova Remnant

FaviconThe Large Cloud of Magellan 

The 16th century Portuguese navigator The 16th century Portuguese navigator

FaviconCollinder 399: The Coat Hanger 

Is this coat hanger a star cluster or an asterism?  Is this coat hanger a star cluster or an asterism?

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconSigns of Katrina Linger in the Marshes 28 Aug 2015, 8:50 am

Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger.

FaviconAstronaut Kjell Lindgren Corrals the Supply of Fresh Fruit 27 Aug 2015, 9:57 am

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren corrals the supply of fresh fruit that arrived on the Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5.)

FaviconStark Beauty of Supersonic Shock Waves 26 Aug 2015, 9:48 am

Updating a 150-year-old German photography technique, NASA and the U.S. Air Force released what's called a "schlieren" image of the shock wave from a supersonic aircraft.

FaviconThe Lonely Mountain 25 Aug 2015, 9:22 am

NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).

FaviconSea Ice in the Greenland Sea 24 Aug 2015, 10:57 am

As the northern hemisphere experiences the heat of summer, ice moves and melts in the Arctic waters and the far northern lands surrounding it. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of sea ice off Greenland on July 16, 2015.

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

Cosmic Perspective Radio Shows

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