The Yakima Astronomical Society (YAS) serves the Central Washington State area of the USA. The original Yakima Valley Astronomy Club was formed in January 1990 by Mac Knight and Larry Bresson. In January 2003, the name was changed to Yakima Astronomical Society. The original group grew out of a mirror grinding class Mac and Larry put on at the Hoover Elementary School, using funds from the Ridgeview PTA. The club evolved from there, growing to about 20 members. The YAS currently consist of a small group of amateur astronomers that actively observe the night sky in the Yakima area.
The YAS is active in the Yakima community, putting on public observing sessions at various times during the year and bringing there telescopes out for the public at special astronomical events.
We start observing in March with our Messier Marathon. Print our Messier check sheet for help in observing these objects. See our schedule in the News & Events section for our Public Observing Sessions during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Enjoy our Clear Sky Chart and Underground Weather link for Yakima on this page. If you are interested in astronomy and would like to observe the night sky, read the next paragraph on how to begin your celestial journey.
Many of you may want to enjoy the splendor of the night sky and learn more about where the constellations and planets are located. Begin your journey with binoculars or naked eye and a simple planisphere or a planetarium program for your computer like the free Stellarium, great for the beginner, easy to use. A more advanced free planetarium program is Cartes du Ciel, which has a steeper learning curve. If you have a child interested in astronomy a good telescope to begin with is the Galileoscope or the popular Astroscan. If you want a good basic telescope to start with, the XT8 Dobsonian from Orion is very popular. Try Sky & Telescope's Interactive Sky Chart or Getting Started in Astronomy. As you become more acute in your night time studies, a good star atlas, such as Sky Atlas 2000 can be helpful, along with a red flashlight. The Astronomical League Observing Clubs are a good place to start if you're looking for a list of things to observe. Visit Sky & Telescope's observing page for fun things to look at during this week.
YAS is affiliated with the Astronomical League. Click on their blue logo for a visit with this national organization for amateur astronomers.
Club members get together during the year for viewing sessions with their telescopes and attend many of the regional star parties. Amateur astronomers come from all walks of life and we have had the very young to senior citizens at our observing sessions. If you have an interest in astronomy or have a telescope and want to learn more about it, come join us.
See below for the date of our next meeting. If you would like to receive our free electronic newsletter, send your name and email address to our Newsletter Editor. Contact President, Martin Dukeshire for additional information about the Yakima Astronomical Society.
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|Public Stargazing for 2013
Our public stargazing will be held at Randall Park just Northwest of the 48th ave parking lot. Bring the family and join us for some stargazing through club members telescopes.
May 17th - begins at Sunset 8:32 pm.
July 12th - begins at Sunset 8:54 pm.
October 11th - begins at Sunset 6:22 pm.
Mars Exploration Programs
Dawn mission to study Asteroids
Saturn Cassini-Huygens Mission
Kepler - Search for habitable planets
|Yakima Astronomical Society
Our next meeting will be the public observing session at Randall Park on July 12th. The session starts at 8:54 pm (Sunset) and will go until everyone has had a chance to look through the telescopes, but not later than midnight, whichever comes first.
The Planets This Month
(in order of appearance)
Planetary positions in Yakima for May 1st.
New Moon is May 9th.
Meteor Shower: May 5th is the Eta Aquarids shower.
Sunrise on May 1st is about 5:47 am.
Sunset on May 1st is about 8:12 pm.
Venus is low in the West at Sunset.
Jupiter is high in the West at Sunset.
Saturn is low in the East at Sunset.
Neptune rises in the East about 3:35 am.
Uranus rises in the East about 4:45 am.
Mercury rises in the East about 5:30 am.
Mars rises in the East about 5:40 am.
Note: Exact rise & set times depend on your horizon.
Click on the Sky Chart for additional information about how it works.
The Yakima Astronomical Society webpage is maintained by Bruce Perrault
The last update to this page was made on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
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