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, APRIL 17th, 8 p.m. Southern Cross Astronomy President Dr. Lester Shalloway will present OUR SOLAR IMPACT with awesome images and latest information of the power exploding from the scorching surface of our nearest star. Our natural source of life--heat, energy and light takes 8 1/2 minutes to zip across 93 million miles to reach Earth. Yet the U.S. relies mostly on energy from fossil fuels! Colorful auroras dance across the Arctic night skies, reflected in snow and ice, the result of supersonic solar winds exploding from solar  flares and sun spots that blast into our protective magnetosphere. Unfortunately we live at a latitude too far south to witness the dazzling display that occurS during the time of the Midnight Sun. The popular website: displays stunning photos/information of solar activity, auroras, meteor showers and space missions with daily updates,


Dr. Shalloway initiated SCAS safe solarviewing events in hi-tech equipment 28 years ago at the ticket entrance to ZooMiami, FIU, schools, Annual Winter Star Party and special events. He will display his stunning solar images and more in the FIU Physics Building lecture hall CP-145  Friday, April 17th.

 Bring friends, future science students, college students of heliophysics, faculty and colleagues to our free SCAS astronomy program. Enjoy lively discussions, food buffet and you might win a valuable door prize! Park in the FIU campus garage, in faculty/visitor slots, west side of Southwest 109 Avenue/8 Street and follow the SCAS signs across the patio into CP-145.

Weather permitting, safe solarviewing is offered by SCAS Astros Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-Noon, all year, at the ticket entrance to ZooMiami, 12400 Southwest 152 Street.  SCAS members are welcome to assist with solarviewing. School and scout groups of 10 or more please call SCAS Hotline:  305-661-1375. The SCAS monthly Stargazer is published in the Miami Herald.

From SCAS members

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April 18-19th West Kendall residents will feature their art exhibits, school music groups, dance demos, activities for children, food,  SCAS safe solarviewing and more--in the acreage at southwest 62 Avenue/Kendall Drive. Donations of food, art, ceramics, hand-made jewelry, woven materials, origami, lego sculpture, scout knot tying contest, mascot dog look-alike contest and instructors for demos for hands on activities please contact at the office of Commissioner Juan Zapata.

SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest

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Note: All other contest entries are located on this page

IMPORTANT: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20th SCAS' program has been cancelled. SCAS will return to FIU CP-145  Friday, March 20th at 8 p.m. Topic: NASA JUNO & NEW HORIZON Missions with Space Scientist Dr. Scott Bolton, San Antonio, Tx.

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.

SCAS Stargazer events

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.