Southern Cross Astronomical Society

"The Mission Statement of the Southern Cross Astronmical Society, Inc., is to bring astronomy to the public through education, research and enjoyable free public events, free telescope observing, improve the status, understanding and enjoyment of amateur astronomy. We are edicated, by our legacy, to provide free lectures and presentations. We encourage research and pursue a respectful attitude to discourage light pollution. We believe a beautiful starlit sky belongs to everyone. “

Duke N.DaytonFormer SCAS President


SCAS team at Miami-Dade College during the Mercury transit

Mercury transit on May 9, 2016


Mercury transit time lapse picture by Russ Brick

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Mercury Transit animated gif by Russ Brick

MONDAY, MAY 9th, Southern Cross Astros will have hi-tech filtered telescopes aimed at Mercury slowly cruising across the Sun.

From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. the SCAS Team will be at the edge of the soccer field behind the buildings at MiamiDade College-Kendall Campus, end of SW 112 Avenue and the campus road. 

NEVER look at the Sun with your unprotected eyes or blindness could occur when the retina is burned. 

It is necessary to use equipment with special filters to protect vision and strong magnification to see the very tiny black dot of Mercury against the gigantic Sun. Solar glasses, sun glasses, or welders glass are useless.  

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd Southern Cross Astros will arrange hi-tech equipment for the MARSWATCH at the waterfront of the historic Deering Estate at Cutler, SW 168 St./SW 72 Avenue. Bring your picnic, blanket, binoculars 7 p.m. and see fiery Mars at its brightest during its opposition to the setting Sun. $5. admission..

Rain date SUNDAY, MAY 29th when Mars will make its closest encounter with Earth, 46.8 million miles away---the closest visit in 11 years.  Call: 305-661-1375, and scas facebook. 

See some of the 2016 Winter Star Party pictures by Art Mullis here

In Memoriam

ANDRES VALENCIA, 63, an extraordinary Southern Cross astronomer of several years, suddenly passed away Friday, February 13th, 2016.

Andres Valencia

Andres Valencia

Andres was so very helpful at our Saturday night Star Parties at Bill Sadowski Park, patiently explaining constellations and the "universe" to youngsters and adults who were hypnotized by the beautiful celestial objects viewed in his table size Astroscan.  He also was a popular speaker at school Career Days. They enjoyed SCAS Star Parties at Vizcaya, Fairchild Garden and schools.

A renowned scientist/engineer/astronomer, he produced an awesome website Arval Observatory that is packed with information: astronomy, meteorology, climate change, sea rise problems, etc. He was in frequent contact with colleagues in Scotland, Spain, South America exchanging latest scientific updates. Several years ago he moved his family from Caracas, Venezuela to Key Biscayne.

 Andres will be sincerely missed.

Note on Micki’s Kitchen rumors:

There has been a rumor going around that Micki's Kitchen will not attend WSP 2017. This is totally untrue. I spoke with Michelle this morning to ask about this and she told me that Micki's Kitchen will attend every WSP unless they are told not to. So, the rumor is just that, a rumor. Micki's Kitchen will be at WSP 2017 and beyond serving food and snacks 24 hours each day during our star party.

We have a Star Party every Saturday at Bill Sadowski Park                     

Current Observation conditions at the Park - Star Party may get cancelled due to bad seeing conditions. Call Park office at 305-255-4767 for information.

Solar Eclipse 2017 news

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Cities in the path of totality

Order your Solar Eclipse Glasses from the Astronomical League

Get ready for the North American Great Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 2:31PM. Eclipse will be 90% visible in Florida in 100% in South Carolina.

Download flyer here


New Classified Section: See what our members have for sale!

Astrophotos from SCAS members

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m42 -Steve VanRyn

SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest

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Note: All other contest entries are located on this page

SCAS Public Events Schedule

Become a member of SCAS! Benefits include telescope loaners and access to our top of the line Redland Observatory. Learn more….

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Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy- Photo taken from SCAS D’Auria Observatory by Tim Khan

Comet Lovejoy continues moving northwest not far from the Pleiades. In February the comet will continue north between Andromeda and Perseus as it fades further, on its way to passing very close by Polaris late next May when it will be a mere 12th magnitude. 

SCAS through the Years

SCAS president, Dr. Lester  Shalloway has uncovered old pictures from SCAS archives. We have posted a slideshow of this amazing snapshot of SCAS history.