WE ARE ASTRONOMERS OF SOUTH FLORIDA

The mission of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society is to improve the awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of astronomy.

We are dedicated to making astronomy available to the public by providing free telescope observing, educating through lecture presentations, encouraging research, and promoting a respectful attitude about light pollution, because a beautiful starlit sky belongs to everyone.

- Duke N. Dayton, Former SCAS President

Dr. Mike Reynolds and Scott Roberts posing for a picture with their long time friend, Tippy

Local Events

SCAS REOPENS THE D'AURIA OBSERVATORY EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT STARTING JULY 1OTH. THE OBSERVATORY HOURS ARE 6 PM TO 10 PM MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE AS PER CCD RECOMMENDATIONS OTHERWISE IT IS AT YOUR DISCRETION WHETHER OR NOT YOU CHOOSE TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

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Stargazer

Arcturus sparkles low in the west-- beyond the handle of the Big Dipper low in the NNW. Scorpius crawls along the SW horizon. The tilted Sagittarian Teapot (center of our Milky Way Galaxy) in the south `pours' onto the tail of the Scorpion. Optical equipment will reveal a myriad of deep-sky objects shimmering across the south. The Teaspoon is above the handle of the Teapot. Grus, the Crane, stretches its starry neck above the southern horizon. Capricornus, Sea Goat plods toward the south. Aquarius in the SE. Overhead Hercules leads bright Vega, in Lyra Harp, and the vast Summer Triangle westward. Cygnus, the Swan, soars within the Triangle. Aries, Ram brings Uranus above the eastern horizon. The Great Square of Pegasus rises higher in the east. The Royal Family arrives in the NE: King Cepheus, Queen Cassiopeia, daughter Andromeda, and Perseus, Hero. Bright Capella sparkles on the NE horizon.

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Winter Star Party

The 38th Annual Winter Star Party dates are set: Jan 31st to Feb. 6th 2022. Registran will open October 1st 2021 The Winter Star Party "WSP" is a serious event designed for amateur astronomers. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The event is unique in that it occurs mid-winter during the height of the Florida Keys tourist season. 2020 Winter Star Party Recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV4N7N5c78o

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