EAS is still alive, but in dormant state for now, but there is hope on the horizon!
With the clear and warm weather over the next days, get out and check out the Lyrid meteor shower which is active over the next few days as the Earth passes through the debris left behind from comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. This comet was discovered on 5 April 1861 by A. E. Thatcher.
Probably not a surprise, but our March meeting will not be happening. The Coronavirus threat has forced libraries to close until April 13th at the earliest.
Check here for usual information on our meetings, hopefully we'll be good to go again in April, but we'll see. Be careful and stay safe!
Winter Star Parties
With fall apon us, the skies are still there, but sometimes harder to see with the cloudier weather. There are still occational star parties despite the cooler nights.
We usually join up with other local clubs for gatherings, mainly the Seattle Astronomical Society. They have an extensive calendar of viewing nights, so check out their calendar, grab your scope, binoculars, folding chair, warm fuzzy clothing or sleeping bag. Public and non-members are encouraged to come.
Apollo 11 - The Movie
Over the next months there will be a flood of Apollo 11 documentaries, books, t-shirts, toys, and all that kind of stuff in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing so long ago. An exciting year to be an Apollo enthusiast for sure. One of the really exciting movies coming out is releasing on March 8th in most of the big theaters. This looks great!
Observe with others remotely
NightSkiesNetwork.com is a fun way to observe with other astronomers, chat with them online (or talk directly with a microphone) while watching screenshots of their imaging. Nearly every night there is someone in the country that has a clear sky and is sharing their progess online. It's also useful to get live advice on imaging by sharing your own screen so others can see and comment. The site is exceptionally busy on nights when there is some kind of event - lunar or solar eclipse, Mercury transit, or some other event. We do know that Seattle is often cloudy when something special happens, give this site a try.