Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Registration required.

    Youth camp in Alachua County.  60 students plus chaperons.

    Set up time will begin at 7:15pm.

    Sunset: 8:04pm

    Moon:  2 day old moon

    Planets: Jupiter

    A GO/NO GO announcement will be sent no later than 3pm the day of the event.

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be giving at 10:00am on day of event.

    Moonrise is 4:34 pm.
    Sunset is 8:09 pm.
    Moon transits at 10:49pm

    Enjoy the park and walk through the gardens before the observing begins! No charge for AAC members.

    Register for more details about this annual event.

    Alexis Caffrey is the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens point of contact. Phone Number: (352) 372-4981.
    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Jim Weichold, Professor of Astronomy, Santa Fe College

    Topic: Pending (may be meteorites)

    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 8:13 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Dr. John Axe (Brookhaven National Laboratory; Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America.)

    Topic: Resolving the Riddle of the Sun's Neutrino Flux

     Synopsis: The talk begins with a reminder of what neutrinos are, how they were first hypothesized and discovered, and the measurement of the neutrino flux of the sun (done at Brookhaven National Laboratory where I worked for 30 years).  Those measurements showed only about a third of the expected flux, and the solution to that mystery was the work that led to the 2015 Nobel Prize.  
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 8:33 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville, FL 32606
    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium (Santa Fe College)!

    Speaker: James Albury, Planetarium director and co-host of the weekly TV show "Stargazers."

    No food or drinks allowed in the planetarium.



    Title: TBD

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Presentation

    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 8:28 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:
    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Emily Moravec



    Topic: TBD
    • Saturday, August 19, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 8:06 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:
    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Dr. Stella Kafka, Director, American Association of Variable Star Observers


    Title: Observing Variable Stars with the AAVSO

    Abstract: The AAVSO was formed in 1911 as a group of US-based amateur observers obtaining data in support of professional astronomy projects. Now, it has evolved into an International Organization with members and observers from both the professional and non-professional astronomical community, contributing photometry to a public photometric database of about 22,000 variable objects, and using it for research projects. As such, the AAVSO’s main claim to fame is that it successfully engages backyard Astronomers, educators, students and professional astronomers in astronomical research. I will present the main aspects of the association and how it has evolved with time to become a premium resource for variable star researchers. I will also discuss the various means that the AAVSO is using to support cutting-edge variable star science, and how it engages its members in projects building a stronger international astronomical community.

    Biography:

    Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.

    • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 7:24 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building X-129, Gainesville, FL 32606
    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium (Santa Fe College)!

    Speaker: James Albury, Planetarium director and co-host of the weekly TV show "Stargazers."

    No food or drinks allowed in the planetarium.



    Title: TBD

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Presentation

    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 3215 Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611

    Over 1000 visitors are expected. Starry Night is one of the biggest outreach events of the year. 

    Volunteers with telescopes set up no later than 5:00pm.

    This event is a "GO". If rain we will demonstrate telescopes inside the museum.

    https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/starry-night/






    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 24880 NW 16th Ave Newberry, FL 32660
    AAC Members and Newberry residents invited!

    *** EVENT CONTINGENT ON WEATHER ***


    Sunsets: 5:36 pm
    Set up 1 hour before
    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.

    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:
    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & 2018 Officer Elections
    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Bob O'Connell

    Title: TBD about the moon

    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    • 4551 NE 110th Ave Bronson, FL


    Members and guest only event!

    Dr. Francisco Reyes has invited AAC's members and guest to a special Star Party at UF Rosemary Hill Observatory in Bronson.

    Sun sets at 5:29 pm. 

    Please arrive after 4:30pm and 30 minutes before Sun sets to set telescopes. You may drive up to 30" dome or the 18" dome to setup scopes but must park in parking lot which is right of Dorm (Dorm on left side of street) or both sides of street (in grass/dirt) before Dorm. 

    Observatory's 30 inch telescope may be in use by UF students/faculty. 

    "GO" or "NO GO" will be given at 12:00 noon day of event.


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    Rosemary Hill Observatory
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

    Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements

    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments

    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Sankalp Gilda



Past events

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Saturday, April 15, 2017 UF Astro Outreach at Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Friday, April 07, 2017 O2B Kids
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Star Gazing at Paynes Prairie
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Party
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, December 03, 2016 Holiday Party (REGISTRATION REQUESTED)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Thursday, November 10, 2016 (DATE CHANGE!) AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, November 04, 2016 Starry Night at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, October 29, 2016 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, October 08, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 UF Astronomy Public Talk
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, August 06, 2016 (CANCELLED) Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Saturday, August 06, 2016 Girl Scout Leader Rally
Friday, July 29, 2016 Occultation of Aldebaran by Waning Crescent Moon
Thursday, July 28, 2016 Join Slooh for the Annual Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, July 02, 2016 WEATHER CANCELLED Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, June 10, 2016 Youth Event (Newberry Area)
Saturday, June 04, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Kanapaha Moonlight Walk
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, May 09, 2016 Transit of Mercury @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Star Party @ Rosemary Hill Observatory
Friday, April 29, 2016 School Star Party (Alachua County) - Rain Date
Friday, April 15, 2016 School Star Party (Alachua County) - Postponed
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, April 09, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Great All-American AAC Refractor Shootout!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (CANCELED) CSC After-School Activity
Saturday, March 12, 2016 WX CANCELED Star Gazing at Paynes Prairie
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, March 05, 2016 GO - Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 School Star Party (Levy County)
Saturday, February 27, 2016 St. Madeleine Parish (High Springs)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Saturday, February 13, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 06, 2016 WX CANCELLED - Star Gazing at Paynes Prairie
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 CSC After-School Activity
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Thursday, January 14, 2016 CANCELED - School Star Party (Alachua County)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, January 09, 2016 CANCELLED - Star Party at the Kellys-Trenton, FL
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Saturday, December 12, 2015 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Holiday Party (REGISTRATION REQUESTED)
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 CSC After-School Activity
Saturday, November 14, 2015 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Friday, November 13, 2015 Starry Night at Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, November 07, 2015 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Thursday, October 22, 2015 CSC After-School Activity
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Big Shoals State Park - is a "GO"
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Sunday, September 27, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Moon Party
Saturday, September 19, 2015 International Observe the Moon Night
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 CSC After-School Activity
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Stargate Observatory Star Party and Pot Luck Dinner
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (CANCELED) Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, May 23, 2015 Newberry Star Park Garage Sale
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Star Party / Public Outreach @ Newberry Star Park
Thursday, May 14, 2015 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Kanapaha Moonlight Walk
Friday, May 01, 2015 Youth Outreach Program (Alachua County)
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Community Outreach Star Party (High Springs)
Friday, April 24, 2015 Youth Outreach (Alachua County)
Saturday, April 18, 2015 WX CANCELED Star Party @ NSP
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Energy Whiz Expo
Thursday, April 02, 2015 School Star Party (Levy County School)
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Big Shoals State Park
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, February 23, 2015 School Star Party -- Cancelled
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 07, 2015 Solar Program at the Cade
Thursday, February 05, 2015 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Star Gazing at Paynes Prairie
Saturday, January 17, 2015 Star Party at the Kellys-Trenton, FL
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 AAC Public Meeting @ Santa Fe College
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 School Star Party (Alachua County)
Saturday, December 06, 2014 Holiday Party (RSVP)
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 After-School Event
Friday, November 14, 2014 Starry Night at Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, September 27, 2014 Star Party at Hickory Ranch in Paynes Prairie
Friday, September 26, 2014 Outreach Youth Group Star Party (Alachua County)
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, September 06, 2014 International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday, August 23, 2014 Star Party at the Kelly's
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, July 26, 2014 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, June 28, 2014 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Friday, June 13, 2014 Millhopper Library Fun Friday
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, May 31, 2014 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Kanapaha Moonlight Walk
Thursday, May 08, 2014 School Star Party (Alachua County - 025)
Saturday, May 03, 2014 KidFest
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Stargate Observatory Star Party Live Oak, FL
Friday, April 25, 2014 School Star Party (Alachua County School)
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Thursday, April 03, 2014 School Star Party (Levy County - 208)
Saturday, March 29, 2014 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Thursday, March 06, 2014 School Star Party (Levy County - 208)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 School Star Party (Alachua County - 013)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Star Gazing at Paynes Prairie
Thursday, January 23, 2014 School Star Party (Alachua County - 021)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Friday, January 10, 2014 O2B Kids
Saturday, January 04, 2014 Star Party at the McLain's Moonstruck Observatory
Saturday, December 07, 2013 Holiday Party
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Glen Springs Elementary School Star Party
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Gainesville Country Club Outreach
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Glen Springs Elementary School
Friday, November 15, 2013 Starry Night at Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, November 02, 2013 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Saturday, October 12, 2013 International Observe the Moon Night
Thursday, October 10, 2013 Hidden Oak Elementary School
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, October 05, 2013 Stargate Observatory Star Party in Live Oak, FL
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Cowboys and the Cosmos
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 ATM Meeting
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, July 06, 2013 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, June 08, 2013 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 ATM Meeting
Saturday, May 18, 2013 Kanapaha Moonlight Walk
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Glen Springs Elementary School Outreach
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 2013 Star Party @ Newberry Star Park
Thursday, May 09, 2013 ATM Meeting
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 ATM Meeting
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, April 06, 2013 Hickory Ranch Star Party
Friday, April 05, 2013 AstroPOL (Astronomy Public Outreach Lecture)
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 Public lecture by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Boy Scouts Merit Badge
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Alachua Astronomy Club Public Meeting
Saturday, March 09, 2013 Rosemary Hill Observatory Star Party
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Norton Elementary Star Party
Friday, February 22, 2013 Moon Over Melrose
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Williston Elementary Star Party
Saturday, February 16, 2013 Star Party at NSP
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