Over the last few years we've had several comets that did not live up to the hype. PANSTARRS was the last one that came to my mind, and that was all the way back in 2013! But, 2020 brought us NEOWISE, and gave us some great views for many weeks. Below are a couple images, one from my Astro-Bro, Vince Tramazzo, and another from local imager Reena Giola. They were able to catch a comet that wasn't camera-shy!
Comet NEOWISE over the Rincons 7/20 - Reena Giola
Comet NEOWISE 7/20 - Vince Tramazzo
While the planetary parade in 2018 was quite the spectacle, all nine planets (yes, Virginia, I still have NINE planets in my solar system) were on display before 10pm in early fall, 2021 - if you include our own orb, Earth. Now, it is usually the case that most of the planets will give you at least a peak before dawn or near midnight, but it is not typical to get them ALL and still get plenty of shut-eye on any night. Even now, with Mercury and Mars hiding in the light of the Sun, 7 of 9 (sounds like a Borg name, right?) are still available for viewing.
The fall 2021 newsletter is mostly about observing the planets this year. What can you see, and what you can plan for make for a great observing list, late in the year. Get your copy of the fall 2021 newsletter now!
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 is going to be, in almost every way, a bigger and better event than the Solar Eclipse of 2017. The coming event will still travel across the country, but instead of a northwest-to-southeast track, it's a Texas-to-Maine path for April 2024. While the total USA miles covered will not be as long, the period of totality will be almost double what we got the last time around at every location - the 2-minute-totality in Oregon will be a 4-minute-totality in Texas. I've already solidified my plans to be near San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country for the 2024 event. Take it from me - start making your plans NOW!
To start your planning, visit the excellent website map by Javier Jubier:
Oregon 2017 - by Nick Dugan
ASTRONOMY ADVENTURES for ALL
Our Telescopes are Perfect for:
BIRTHDAY PARTIES - Telescopes are perfect for observers of all ages. Even very young children love seeing the moon, the planets, or event the Sun in a telescope. Older guests will appreciate other wonders of the cosmos, such as galaxies, star clusters, and nubulae.
BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTIES - Talk about your "heavenly bodies!" Night time is the perfect time to view these spectacles...at least until the other fun starts.
SCHOOL or CLASS EVENTS - Whether it's an educational event or a Family Science Night, your parents, staff, and students will love peering at the night sky through our telescopes.
BUSINESS RETREATS & PICNICS - Outdoor telescope viewing is the perfect after-dinner activity for adults who have spent their whole day indoors in workshops.
FAMILY REUNIONS & ANNIVERSARIES - Barbeques and buffets are the perfect venue to entertain young and old alike with some early after-dark observing.
FAITH GROUPS - This is a great way to experience the awe-inspiring wonders of the universe.
SCOUTING OUTINGS - Some telescopes can even be taken to very remote locations. Almost any vehicle-accessible campground will allow us to support campers and scouts of all ages.
PERSONAL INSTRUCTION - Many clients just want some 1-on-1 time, an opportunity to relax and have fun, learning or gaining a bit of experience on their own equipment. We can schedule the time you need to develop your interest, whether it be passion or hobby!
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We'll Create the Perfect Adventure for You!
Getting started is as easy as giving us a call or sending us an email – our address and phone number is at the bottom of the page. We’ll send you schedules, prices, and options; we’ll even make reservations at other astronomy events, if that’s what you prefer. Maybe you’d like to tour an Arizona observatory. Astronomy Adventures staff can host you for the tour, or we can schedule your party with locally run tours by other organizations. These can even be educational and fun day-time activities that are available to all family members – there are even handicap and elderly accessible features and options.
It’s possible that during your Arizona trip you'd like to visit a planetarium show, or attend one of the astronomy activities that are conducted at local sites throughout the year. Or, you might like to visit one of the night-time observing sessions that are offered all around Arizona. Many of these events are free to visitors and the public, and we can help you find and attend them – we can even arrange transportation for your party!
Finally, our true expertise lies in conducting customized observing sessions. Our staff has years of experience attending, hosting, and even designing a wide variety of public, private and even corporate events. If you prefer, we’ll provide the tools you need to design your own event, if you don’t wish to take advantage of our expertise…but, we would really love to help you. Visit our “Links and App’s” page for some great self-help.
As you can see, we’ve been there and done that! You are only limited by your imagination. If you have an idea for a party, meeting, conference, or other event, give us a call or send us an email. We can help you explore the possibilities. We’ll provide a no-obligation estimate of what we can do to help you realize your own astronomy adventure.