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.


In 2003, Adam Nieman created this image, illustrating the volume of the world’s oceans and atmosphere (if the air were all at sea-level density) by rendering them as spheres sitting next to the Earth instead of spread out over its surface.

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Calling all stargazers! Our annual Sky and Star Party is coming up next weekend on August 12th-13th, and we have only a few spots left! Our friends from Rose City Astronomers and Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club will be on hand with telescopes through the night, and we'll have guest speakers, activities, and even a traveling planetarium. We're excited for dark, moonless skies, and the Perseid meteor shower will be peaking.

Registration closes this Saturday, so reserve your spot today!

Photo by Juan Aguilera



By replacing mirrors with thin, diffractive lenses, future telescopes could far surpass the power of the James Webb.


The camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured this unique and iconic view of the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth in August 2015, from a distance of 1 million miles.

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Earth's tilt toward its orbital plane is responsible for the changes in the length of the day throughout the year.


A day to celebrate Asteroids? Sort of. Asteroid Day marks the anniversary of an explosion so enormous, researchers are still trying to figure out what happened.

Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!

A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.


Happy Solstice Everyone!


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5,500-Year-Old Sumerian Star Map

“For over 150 years scientists have tried to solve the mystery of a controversial cuneiform clay tablet that indicates the so-called Köfel’s impact event was observed in ancient times. The circular stone-cast tablet was recovered from the 650 BC underground library of King Ashurbanipal in Nineveh, Iraq in the late 19th century. Long thought to be an Assyrian tablet, computer analysis has matched it with the sky above Mesopotamia in 3300 BC and proves it to be of much more ancient Sumerian origin. The tablet is an “Astrolabe,” the earliest known astronomical instrument. It consists of a segmented, disk-shaped star chart with marked units of angle measure inscribed upon the rim


True size of the Moon comparison
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Longview, WA

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Tuesday 9am - 5am
Wednesday 9am - 5am
Thursday 9am - 11pm
Friday 9pm - 2am
Saturday 12am - 2am
Sunday 12am - 2am


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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.

You don't need your own telescope to join!

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.


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.