ATLAS is the nickname given to the last comet discovered in 2019. And, like the mythical hero, it could bear the weight of the world on its shoulders! Just in time for the end of this world-wide pandemic, this new comet may become a naked-eye spectacle in the northern skies. What a beautiful omen it could turn out to be, as here in the northern hemisphere we've waited a long time for a special cometary visitor.
Even now, ATLAS offers binocular views as it sits in the sky between Capella (the brightest star in Auriga) and Polaris (the North Star). The chart below shows it arching toward the Pleiades over the next two months, when it will make its turn toward Orion and an exit from the solar system.
Be careful though, comets are like cats - they do what they want, when they want! It's too soon to tell if ATLAS will brighten our skies, as the famous Comet Bennett did in 1970, or fade into oblivion as many recent comets have done. Can you say "ISON"? Sure, I knew you could...
Comet Bennett 1970 - Vince Tramazzo
In many of my recent newsletters I've examined and exposed the "over-hyped" and underwhelming astronomical objects, the things that always seem to make the news, and chase away the public along with any new and budding astronomical observers. Well, if you've been waiting for the best that astronomy has to offer, this is the newsletter for you!
This newsletter is all about astronomy's biggest and best; the "E-Ticket" rides that everyone and anyone can enjoy. Everything here will attract a crowd, and is sure to make you the best, and most interesting astronomer on the block. I know, that's a low bar - but we have to start somewhere.
In 2020, Mars returns to its every-other-year opposition! Before that though, both Jupiter in mid-July, and then just one week later Saturn, reach their own opposition giving us a wonderful opportunity to catch them both only a few degrees apart. When Mars finally makes its way to the planetary stage, in mid-October, the show is set for a grand finale! By early November, Uranus and Neptune have also made their entrance. Mid to late 2020 is shaping up as a great planetary spectacle.
(Planet sizes not to scale!)
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!
SCHEDULING AN EVENT with AAAZ with
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.