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 17th,  FIU and Southern Cross Astros host the free Annual Key West Star Party 8 p.m. FIU Main campus. See live NASA images of Pluto, from the New Horizon spacecraft in FIU Physics Building,         CP-145 lecture hall Maidique Campus. Enjoy Key Lime Pies, sodas, Margaritaville music and prizes.

Weather permitting, a Star Party will be held on the Observatory roof. Park in the FIU campus garage, in faculty/visitor slots, west side of SW 109 Ave./8 St. Follow the SCAS signs into CP-145 lecture hall.  

FIU: 305-348-3964     SCAS  305-661-1375 


SATURDAY 18th- Southern Cross Astros will host their First Annual Galactic Bar-b-que 6-8 p.m. with "out of this world" hot dogs, burgers, and sodas at their dark sky D'Auria Observatory 23325 SW 217 Ave., Homestead, FL  33031. Those with restricted menus bring your special food and beverages. Salads, covered dishes, desserts are welcome. Weather permitting Star Party 8 p.m. with hi-tech SCAS equipment. NO lights, litter, pets, alcohol. Bring chairs, bug repellent, binocs, `scopes, cameras,

Weather updates 4-6 p.m.: 305-439-1351   305-661-1375.  SCAS Star Party cancelled at Bill Sadowski Park, Palmetto Bay tonight only.


SCAS Public programs will not be scheduled at FIU May-August 2015. SCAS will resume Sept. 18th. Please check SCAS Hotline: 305-661-1375 for possible summer SCAS events at other locations.

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 Galactic BBQ event

July 18, 2015

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SCAS Flyer

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

Astrophotos from SCAS members

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

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 for the month of June 2015. 

SCAS' Stargazer is now published on the last Satruday of the month in the Miami Herald's Tropical Life section.

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.