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There are 69 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 - July 2015

Posted on: 1 Jul 2015, 4:47 pm

Take a grand tour of the Milky Way this month – with binoculars!

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.

CBS New Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night


NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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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.

FaviconFuture Middle School Teachers Receive NASA Lesson in STEM Instruction 15 Jul 2015, 5:53 pm

Seventeen students from California State University at Fresno attended a Pre-Service Teacher Institute Program workshop from June 22 – 26, 2015.

Astronomy News

Space.com News Feed

Favicon Is Our Universe a Fake?

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Favicon 16-Year-Old's DNA Experiment Will Fly in Space

A 16-year-old New York City-area student will one day see her DNA experiment launched to the International Space Station. The experiment was designed by Anna-Sophia Boguraev of Bedford, New York.

Favicon 'Peanut-Shaped' Space Rock Flies By Earth - Radar Observations Video

Asteroid 1999 JD6's nearest approach to Earth was ~4.5 millions miles away but it was close enough for radar images to be captured. The object is a "contact binary consisting of two lobes," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Favicon Volcanoes Dot Snowy Russian Landscape in New Photo from Space

The ashy peak of a volcano stands out amid a snowy scene, hinting at a recent eruption, in newly released images from NASA.

Favicon Best Night Sky Events of August 2015 (Stargazing Maps)

See what's up in the night sky for August 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconStripping ESO 137-001 

Stripping ESO 137-001 Stripping ESO 137-001

FaviconThe ISS and a Colorful Moon 

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FaviconMilky Way over Uluru 

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FaviconThe Deep Lagoon 

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FaviconRainbows and Rays over Bryce Canyon 

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NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

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.

FaviconAfrica and Europe from a Million Miles Away 29 Jul 2015, 8:21 am

Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.

FaviconRound of Testing Completed on Webb Telescope Flight Mirrors 28 Jul 2015, 10:33 am

This July 11, 2015 photograph captures one of the final, if not the final, James Webb Space Telescope flight primary mirror segments to be processed through NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility (CIAF).

FaviconActivity at Klyuchevskoy Volcano 27 Jul 2015, 10:36 am

This photograph, taken on May 4, 2015 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. The three largest volcanoes visible at image center include Kliuchevskoy, Bezymianny, and Ushkovsky.

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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Cosmic Perspective Radio Shows
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