In addition to the "Friday Night Open Houses", which are free and open to the public every clear Friday evening at Broemmelsiek Park, we have selectively scheduled some special dates this year with the St Charles County Parks department. These are our "Special Events", and most are related to special astronomical events that we choose to support. Note that meteor showers can be very negatively affected by a bright moon, so we selectively support them based on visibility.
All Public events feature several telescopes and operators who provide views thru their scopes free of charge. Both members and non-members bring scopes. Anyone who needs help with their own scopes are encouraged to bring them, however please have them available for us to help you with them before sundown. If your scope is working fine, but you'd like help to find some objects, please just ask one of our members (most of which will have a name tag). We are glad to help you find things with your scope, please ask!
General rules at star parties apply to help all of us retain our night vision. Please avoid bringing flashlights (unless they are red or covered by red plastic, and kept pointed "downward") or any other lighted devices. Try to avoid shining car headlights at the telescope field as you park or leave, else please minimize it as much as possible while remaining safe (use your parking lights). Again, we are at Broemmelsiek Park every Friday night if the weather allows.
Here are the "Special Events" events planned for 2017:
[ St Charles County Parks Info: Phone: 636-949-7535 ( or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) ]
[ ASEM Contact info: Outreach@asemonline.org ]
Planned 2017 Events:
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER - (stay tuned - approximately Aug 12 or 13) @ Broemmelsiek Park
Per the American Meteor Society:
The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. They are called Perseids since the radiant (the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate) is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity.
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE - Monday August 21 @Broemmelsiek Park, Quail Ridge Park, and at Klondike Park
The Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) and St. Charles County Parks will be observing a total Solar eclipse (weather-permitting) on Monday, August 21, 2017 and the public is invited to attend. Weather permitting, members of the astronomy club will be manning solar telescopes during the partial phases, note that totality can be viewed with the naked eye.
For more information, visit the ASEM website at www.asemonline.org or contact the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 949-7535.
The eclipse event officially begins with the onset of first Contact (C1), as the PARTIAL eclipse begins.
Quail Ridge Park: (Per NASA: Universal Time (UT) time shown so subtract 5 hrs, so Partial begins at 11:48:41AM and Totality starts at 13:16:22.3 = 1:16.22PM)
Broemmelsiek Park: (again, subtract 5 hrs, so Partial begins at 11:48:45AM and totality here starts at 1:16.13PM )