"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.Dayton, Former SCAS President
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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.
Special events this month
SCAS GALACTIC BAR-B-QUE
October 10th: Weather permitting, Saturday 10th, bring family and friends to the free GALACTIC BAR-B-QUE hosted by Southern Cross Astros, SCAS D'Auria Observatory 23325 SW 217 Avenue, Homestead, FL 33031. Salads, deserts, and covered dishes are welcome. Under very dark skies on a moonless night, SCAS hi-tech equipment will focus on deep sky objects, outer planets, galaxies and nebulas. Bring family, friends, students, chairs, binoculars, bug repellent. NO lasers, lights,litter, alcohol or pets. 305-661-1375 scas.org
TALENT NIGHT AT FIU
FRIDAY, OCTOBER16, Southern Cross Astros will feature a spectacular parade of talent by our SCAS Astros! Segments of awesome astro photos will be presented by each SCAS member who will describe his/her photos. The audience will have a chance to ask questions following each photo segment.re: equipment, location, etc. This will give an opportunity to those who are thinking about entering the fascinating realm of astrophotography and maybe dispel inaccurate myths that give the impression astrophotography is impossible to grasp. Some SCAS Astros have luck using their ipads! If you want to participate, bring a CD of astro images--no more than 6--to our SCAS President October 16th. In advance, contact him Drlester3@aol.com in order to fit your segment of photos into our 90 minute program schedule.
Bring friends, future astros to our FREE SCAS program, 8 p.m. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th , FIU Physics Building, Modesto Maidique campus, CP-145 lecture hall for prizes, food and learn how to capture the natural night sky.
Park in the campus garage, in faculty/visitor spaces, west side of SW 109 Ave./8 St. Follow the SCAS signs across the patio into CP-145. 305-661-1375 scas.org
HUNTERS MOON STAR PARTY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 7-10 p.m. Southern Cross Astros will arrange hi-tech equipment in the dark outback of the historic Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. Homestead. Families can enjoy free admissions to a fun-filled evening of moonlit tram tours through the Park, pet a big, fluffy white Arctic Wolf, bring hot dogs to the campfire and enjoy refreshments made from the Park's fruit and herbs at a low cost.
Astronomy equipment will focus on late Summer constellations, Autumn star clusters, Andromeda Galaxy, nebulas, colorful double stars, a late rising Hunters Moon to give a spooky Hallowe'en view and the final glimpse of silver Saturn leading huge Scorpius along the southwestern horizon by nightfall. 305-247-5727
Astrophotos from SCAS members
SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest
Note: All other contest entries are located on this page
Become a member of SCAS! Benefits include telescope loaners and access to our top of the line Redland Observatory. Learn more….
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.