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

Local Events

DUE TO THE IMPACT OF CURRENT EVENTS, SOUTHERN CROSS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY IS CANCELLING ALL PUBLIC OUTREACH ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NORMAL OPERATIONS WILL RETURN AS SOON AS IT IS DEEMED SAFE TO DO SO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.

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Stargazer

METEOR SHOWERS THIS MONTH. ETA AQUARIID METEOR SHOWER. Next Peak - The eta Aquariids will next peak on the May 4-5, 2021 night. On this night, the moon will be 38% full. Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for meteors and fireballs during the shower: Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes. Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of stargazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can't see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.

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Winter Star Party

The 37th Annual Winter Star Party dates are set: Jan 31st to Feb. 6th 2022. Registran will open in September 2022. 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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