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





FRIDAY, 15th Bring family and friends to the free FIU/SCAS Annual Key West Star Party, Main Campus 8 p.m. Astronomy Updates, Key Lime Pies, beverages, live music, and prizes!  Wear your Key West costume!! Weather permitting a Star Party is scheduled on the Observatory roof. Park in the campus garage, in faculty/visitor space, west side of SW 109 Avenue/8 Street and follow the SCAS signs across the street and patio into CP-145. A perfect opportunity to introduce young students to the wonders of astronomy!


SATURDAY, 16th Wings Over Miami, NASA and Southern Cross will combine talent to celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. Bring the family to the Miami Executive Airport, SW 137 Ave. hangar 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The "seniors" who were teenagers manning the historic NIKE Missile Site in Everglades Nat'l Park in the 1960s will share their nail-biting adventures with you 11 a.m. Russell Romanella, retired NASA engineer, will present his exciting Space Exploration program at 1 p.m. Weather permitting, safe solarviewing with Southern Cross Astros. Prowl the intriguing Wings Over Miami Museum filled with WW II souvenirs, photos, T-shirts, etc. that portrayed famous military battles.

Admission: $10. adults; 17 year olds and younger $6.  A weekend of hot summer family fun

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

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

Solar eclipse 2017 whole-us

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

bloodMoon-Eclipe Sept 27 2015
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.