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.
Special Section For New Astronomers
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 want a good planetarium app for your smartphone, try Starmap for the iPhone or iPad and Skymap for the Android phone. If you want a good basic telescope to start with, the classic Dobsonians from Orion are very popular. Read 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 can be helpful. 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. Helpful tip - always carry a red beam flashlight when around astronomers at night, don't use white light flashlights or take flash pictures. It will ruin your's and anyone else's night vision that is nearby. Great for reading star charts at night.
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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The Yakima Astronomical Society has completed its public observing schedule for 2013. If anyone needs to contact us, please use one of the email addresses listed above.
We will continue to update the "The Planets This Month" and any important upcoming astronomical events or observing sessions in this section of our webpage.
Clear skies everyone.
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The Planets This Month
(in order of appearance)
Planetary positions in Yakima for December 1st.
New Moon is December 2nd at 4:22 pm.
Meteor Showers: December 12th - Geminids.
Sunrise on December 1st is about 7:27 am.
Sunset on December 1st is about 4:16 pm.
Venus is bright in the Southsouthwest at Sunset.
Neptune is dim in the Southsoutheast at Sunset.
Uranus is dim in the East at Sunset.
Jupiter rises bright in the East about 6:57 pm.
Mars rises bright in the East about 12:54 am.
Saturn rises bright in the East about 5:20 am.
Mercury rises dim in the East about 6:11 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 Sunday, December 01, 2013.
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