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January Schedule


Upcoming Dates

January 9, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.,   Public Night

January 16, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.,   Public Night

January 23rd, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.,  Public Night

January 25th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Shoals Astronomy Club Meeting

January 30th, 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.,  Public Night

January 31st 4:49 AM - 6:51 AM, Total Lunar Eclipse,

February 6th, 7:00 PM, Public Night

February 13th, 7:00 PM, Public Night

February 14th, 7:00 PM, Valentine's Day Program

February 20th, 7:00 PM, Public Night

February 22nd, 7:00 PM, Shoals Astronomy Club Meeting, Telescope Night

February 27th, 7:00 PM, Public Night

Public Nights

Our weekly evening programs consist of a 30 minute discussion of the constellations visible in the sky during the current month. This is followed by a video or slide presentation or observing through the UNA Observatory's 14-inch telescope if the weather permits. The afternoon programs consist of the constellation discussion followed by solar observing if weather allows. UNA students are not charged for the weekly public programs, all others are charged a flat rate $3/person. There are no discounts or "rain-checks" for poor weather. The programs are intended for a general audience and so all age groups are welcome.

Total Lunar Eclipse

We will observe the lunar eclipse on January 31st, starting at 4:49 AM and ending at Moonset at 6:51 AM.  As viewed from the Shoals, we expect the Moon to set just as the total eclipse begins.  You do not need special equipment to view the eclipse, but we will have telescopes available for the public to view the eclipse and take photographs.  If you are viewing the eclipse, yu will need the western horizon to be free of obstructions, since the Moon will be low in the sky during the eclipse.  Most observers will start to notice the eclipse when partial eclipse begins around 5:48 AM.  Our viewing program is for all ages.

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