Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club

Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club We are astronomy enthusiasts in Longview, WA. We love to learn and to share our wonder at the amaz

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in classroom D8.

Operating as usual


October 1 is International Observe the Moon Night. Get out there and view the waxing moon. Tonight, you'll find it in its waxing crescent phase. Jupiter (in Pisces) and Saturn (in Capricorn) are out too, and past 11 pm you will find Mars in the east in Ta**us.


A thunderstorm as seen from Space...

A towering thunderstorm lights up the night skies over Panama, as seen at 37,000 feet.


One of the sharpest images of our 4.5 billion year old I have ever seen. 📸 Captured by amateur astronomer Andrew McCarthy.


Mind-blowing image of Jupiter and it's Moons as captured by an astrophotographer. In this photo, Jupiter is in the glow of Moonlight as Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto are on the left side of the gas giant planet while Io on the right. Some stars are also visible in the glare. This is beautiful

📸 ©: Luis Argerich

The Carrington Event.

The Carrington Event.


The James Web Space Telescope: what are the mirrors made of?

Interesting article here (p. 20):



Night Photo of Deadvlei in Namibia. In the foreground you can see the famous dead trees of the Vlei, the clay pan and one of the highest dunes in the world.
The sky shows the rotation of the stars around the southern center of rotation. 1900 images in a period of 11 hours were stitched together to create the star trails. What a job! The colors are from the stars.
This image is absolutely beautiful surreal and shows how dynamic our night sky is.

1900 Single Photos: Sony A7 III | Sony FE 12-24 F2.8 GM | 12mm | F/2.8 | 20s | ISO 1600

Sony Deutschland Sony - Professional Europe Sony Alpha Universe Milky Way Milky Way Chasers Astronomy Magazine Astronomy Magazine Astronomy Thoughts Astronomy Daily Space ESA - European Space Agency The World at Night - TWAN International Dark-Sky Association Chasseurs de Nuits


A potentially impactful, informative, technical symposium is taking place (online) Tuesday, June 28, in which speakers from astronomy, industry and NIST (U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology) will be discussing "Commercial Space and Astronomy Partnering in Best Practices and Guidelines for Brightness Mitigation": Check out the agenda and register, if you would like to attend. The symposium offers a closer tie to industry and a future, possible collaboration in terms of brightness measurements of satellite constellations.


We’ll have not one but many opportunities to enjoy a rare lineup of the bright planets over the next few weeks.

Five visible planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, will be aligned and visible at dawn through early July. In addition, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are among the planets in the morning, but very faint which requires a good, detailed map and large telescope to view.

It is not terribly rare for the visible planets to be lined up, but it is rare to see them all at the same time. The best news is that viewers will not have to wait all night to spot them all. These planets were last lined up in sequential order in 2004, and it is not set to happen again in March 2041. It is rare that we get the opportunity to view them with clear skies. Just step outside before sunrise and check it out.

The planet Venus (-4 mag) will be the brightest, then Jupiter (-2 mag), Saturn (+0.7 mag) and Mars (+0.6 mag). The challenge will be locating Mercury (+1.3 mag), barely visible low above the eastern horizon. Technically, there are eight planets in the sky before sunrise! Uranus (+5.8 mag), Neptune (+7.9 mag) and Pluto (+14 mag) will not be visible in bright twilight before dawn.

The key date will be on June 24 when Mercury is at highest altitude of 11 degrees ENE. Then on June 25 before sunrise, there will be a conjunction of the waning crescent moon and Venus.

To view the planets, you will need a clear view of the southeastern horizon with little or no clouds. Go outside a little early to get oriented and find a safe place to settle in for a view. An hour and 30 minutes before local sunrise (~5:20 am) is ideal. All five planets will be best visible from about 1 hour to 45 minutes before sunrise.

Those with DSLR camera, need at least a 12 to 14 mm lens with horizontal fields of view of 104° to 112°, to squeeze them all in. A better alternative would be to take several photos of the scene with a standard lens and combine them into a single image using an imaging program.

The planet extravaganza will continue through early July. Enjoy the show!!


From our club president Jim Todd:

Summer Solstice: June 21

Believe it or not, summer officially begins with the summer solstice on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 2:13 a.m.. The earth is tilted so that the north pole is at its closest point with the sun. (Yet, the earth will be at its farthest distance from the sun, called aphelion, on July 5)

The summer solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. Except in the Polar Regions (where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer), the day on which the summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. Thus the seasonal significance of the Summer solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere and in December in the Southern Hemisphere.

North of the Tropic of Cancer (23°26'N) and south of the Tropic of Capricorn (23°26'S), the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky on the day of the summer solstice. However, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the highest sun position does not occur at the summer solstice, since the sun reaches the zenith here and it does so at different times of the year depending on the latitude of the observer.

For the summer solstice, the sun will reach its highest northern point in the sky at 67.54 degrees from the horizon. The earth is tilted so that the north pole is at its closest point with the sun. As a result, there will be more minutes of sunlight in the northern hemisphere than there are at any other time of the year.


On November 12, 1833, there was an intense meteor shower with up to 100,000 meteorites crossing the night-sky per hour. Many of those witnessing it believed the world was coming to an end— inspiring Adolf Vollmy to create this woodcut engraving

The world’s oldest-known mechanical astronomical calculator. Check out the video - fascinating!
Antikythera Shipwreck and the Discovery of Ancient Tech That Shocked the World

The world’s oldest-known mechanical astronomical calculator. Check out the video - fascinating!

Around 60 BC, a ship was wrecked off the northeast coast of a small island called Aigila in the straits between Crete and the Peloponnese. The exact character of the ship is not known, but it was probably a large merchant vessel


At over 11.4 million acres, the ODSN is working to nominate the area bounded in red as the world's largest International Dark Sky Sanctuary (even at Phase 1) and largest dark sky place of any kind by the last of three phases. (Texas just had a dark sky reserve certified at over 9 million acres. Texans take pride in doing everything bigger, but Texas is no match for our inky dark Outback).


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We are astronomy enthusiasts in Longview, WA. We love to learn and to share our wonder at the amazing sights right overhead.

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Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.

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My shots of the Corn Moon 9-2-20
There's a cool comet out there!

I have a question...Is anyone else seeing very fast moving lights in the sky the last week or so?? Way too high for planes and seem to be coming from the brightest star in the SW sky. Is that very large bright star Venus? I saw a creepy video
This is pretty exciting!

WOW-Thank you to my friends the Gawlicks of Shinju Dojo Aikido who coaxed me to come to the Solstice walk and let me spend the evening talking to the walkers!! Great event -from kids in prams to adults with canes and a die hard walker on crutches, tacos from La Familia - put this event on your calendar for next year..even with a bit of drizzle it was safe, fun and a great event . My thanks to everyone who worked so hard -all as community volunteers- to create and run this fun event.
I would like to sell my Meade LX50 8" SCT set-up, I am not using it anymore, it's in great shape! Interested? Please message me. Keep looking up! 😎
Thank you for helping us figure out our telescope tonight and sharing yours! You were all so friendly and helpful!!!
Going to mile post 37 or 40 on the Spirit Lake Hwy
Where do you guys go to observe the Perseids? We are looking for a place we can stay overnight
What can you tell me about the up coming Mt. St. Helens Star Party?
Hello everyone, I have a freind named Cindy Long that has a programmable telescope that she hasnt used in 2 years because she doesnt know how to use it, even after she read the manual.
So if anyone here could help her, shes on Facebook, and i even invited her to the meeting tommorrow night. So id like to see hereyes light up & would get hooked on star gazing & also keep her from turning on the T.V.. Thank you people :)
If you or anyone you know is still looking for a spot, my FB friend still has access to several spots near Crooked River. See below and message me if you're interested.

Jeni Quiriconi posted an item for sale.
Yesterday at 09:40
Kelso, WA

My 91 year old father has asked me to re-post about the RV sites he has for rent for the eclipse this August.
Dads place is about 20 miles south of Madras on Crooked River Ranch. RV space includes H2O and electricity for only $50 per night.
If interested, message me or post a response. There are now 8 spots remaining.

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