Photo Credit: Phil Hart

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

Lined up waiting for us to open
Scott and the Grand Prize winner
Covered and ready for a long night of imaging

Local Events

SCAS REOPENS THE D'AURIA OBSERVATORY EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT STARTING JULY 1OTH. THE OBSERVATORY HOURS ARE 6 PM TO 10 PM. BILL SADOWSKI PARK REOPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th. MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE AS PER CDC RECOMMENDATIONS OTHERWISE IT IS AT YOUR DISCRETION WHETHER OR NOT YOU CHOOSE TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

Learn More

Stargazer

Corvus, Crow lands on the SW horizon followed by Spica in Virgo, Spring Maiden. The stars of Libra twinkle in the SW. Huge Scorpius crawls into the SW, closely followed by the Sagittarian Teapot in the south. Bright Arcturus sparkles in the west below the Big Dipper in the NW. Vega leads the vast Summer Triangle overhead. Fomalhaut twinkles low in the SE in Aquarius. The Great Square of Pegasus rises in the east. The Royal Family appears on the NE horizon.

Learn More

Winter Star Party

The 39h Annual Winter Star Party dates are set: Feb.. 13TH to Feb. 19th, 2023. Registration will open sometime in September. 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV4N7N5c78o

Learn More