Astronomy enthusiasts of Douglas county gather for monthly meeting the second Tuesday of each month
Now ONLINE ONLY
NEXT UA MEETING
The next UA meeting is June 8th at 7 p.m. PDT ONLINE ONLY. Please ask for Zoom Link and password to join the monthly meetings. Call UCC P. Morgan Observatory phone 541-440-4719 --leave a message for a return call.
A spectacular predawn event is a rare Super Moon Total Lunar Eclipse of the Flower Super Moon on May 25/26. The partial lunar eclipse starts about 2:45 a.m. May 26th and takes nearly 90 minutes to reach totality at 4:11 a.m. PDT. The total “blood moon” only lasts about 15 minutes as the second partial starts at 4:26 a.m. PDT. The sun rises on May 26th at 5:39 a.m. as the full moon sets at 5:49 a.m. PDT before the second partial finishes. The moon barely travels through the top of the deep umbral earth’s shadow explaining the brevity of totality. It also results in a brighter and lighter north part with a darker and redder south part at maximum totality at 4:19 a.m. PDT. The next Total lunar Eclipse occurs on the evening of May 15, 2022 but only part of the eclipse is seen at moonrise. Seeing a complete Total Lunar Eclipse, we will require waiting until the predawn hours of November 8, 2022. As you watch the moon slip slowly into the earth’s shadow turn your telescope to the southeast to spot Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.
More backyard Astronomy Mercury Venus Conjunction
After May 20th, Mercury will begin a rapid descent toward the setting sun. If you have a very good west-northwest horizon, watch the last week of May as Mercury’s crescent phases shrinks from a quarter to a slender crescent. You may also be able to watch a close conjunction on May 28th as Venus climbs and Mercury sinks. First, find bright Venus then sweep with your binoculars or scope to the left less than a moon-width to spot dim Mercury.
Call UCC Observatory and leave a message to get on the zoom list 541-440-4719
All UA in person Events Cancelled.
Umpqua Astronomers is a participating in the Astronomical League. This provides members with a quarterly national magazine, "the Reflector" and many observing project to help beginners to use a hands on approach to learn about astronomy. Umpqua Astronomers is an active member of the Night Sky network , International Astronomical Union programs, the Global Astronomy Month, and the International Observe the Moon program . Club members are encouraged and supported in becoming comfortable learning and exploring the night sky.
Umpqua Astronomers are an active supporting partner of U.C.C.'s Paul Morgan Observatory. Club stargazing events are held at the observatory during spring to fall months. Link to Morgan Observatory website
All PMO events are cancelled due to the Novel Corona virus Covid 19