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October 2018

Centerville Cub Pack 129 outreach at Camp Pecometh on Oct. 13

October 5, 2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00

Centreville Cub Scout Pack 129 has requested the Stargazers to come to Camp Pecometh ( west of Dover-32.5 miles) on October 13, if weather permits. Bryon Johnston (Cubmaster) expects at least 50 Cubscouts and parents-- so some telescopes are needed! He has invited us for dinner at 6 pm.  We start observing  at 7:30 pm. Please email me if you can help.  

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Cecilton Public Library

October 15, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Free

Cecilton Library 15th  setup at 6:30  and starts at 7 and ends around 8 pm. For more  information contact Jerry Truitt.        

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December 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen

December 3, 2018 @ 18:00 - January 3, 2019 @ 05:00
The Sky, Up
Any City, DE United States

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will pass within 12 million kilometers (7.4 million miles) of Earth on December 16, 2018. Fortunately a Full Moon will distinctly dim your prospects of seeing that night as well as nights on either side  even though the comet is expect to brighten to 3rd magnitude. A finder char is found at Sky & Telescope's web site from December 1st through January 3rd. On December 15th it will be found half way between the Hyades and the Pleiades.…

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Holiday Party

December 4, 2018 @ 18:30 - 21:00
First Presbyterian Church, 118 W Commerce St.
Smyra, DE 19977-1119 United States

We supply meat and drinks! You can bring a covered dish or desert but not required.  All  are welcome, membership not required,  Come anytime after 6 pm to help us set-up for the Holiday  Party!          

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Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration

December 6, 2018 @ 00:00 - December 9, 2018 @ 00:00

Starting on Dec 6th in Salisbury, Md,  and ending on December 9th in Dover with a stop in far northern Hockessin there is a celebration of the Birthday of Annie Cannon. This event has been very poorly promoted but don't let that stop you from attending at least one of the events. Wesley College seems to have a bit of handle on events at their site. There is a link to buy tickets and sundries on the page but that…

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January 2019

My telescope doesn’t work!

January 5 @ 10:30 - 12:30
First Presbyterian Church, 118 W Commerce St.
Smyra, DE 19977-1119 United States
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Free

Are you frustrated with your telescope because it won’t work! Most new telescopes are never used because they were never set- up properly and the directions are too complicated! The Delmarva Stargazers are offering a free training session. Stargazers will check your telescope’s optical alignment, show you how to do that and setup the finder-scope. This session will allow you to enjoy your telescope. There will also  be some information to take home about amateur astronomy. If you have any…

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Buying a telescope!

January 5 @ 10:30 - 12:30
First Presbyterian Church, 118 W Commerce St.
Smyra, DE 19977-1119 United States
Free

So you've decided to take the plunge and get a telescope. Choosing a telescope is very different from buying a television, and salespeople rarely understand what amateur astronomers need. Delmarva Stargazers’ has a version of Sky & Telescope’s buying guide  below. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-equipment/telescope-buying-guide/ If you want more information, go to Sky & Telescope's Skywatching Video Series: Buying Your First Telescope. If you have any questions, email Don Surles (a Delmarva Stargazer) at buyingtelescope@delmarvastargazers.org or call at 302-653-9445. The Delmarva Stargazers are…

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January 20–21: Total Lunar Eclipse

January 20 @ 10:00 - January 21 @ 02:15
The Sky, Up
Any City, DE United States

A total lunar eclipse visible  across North America will occur starting at 10:10PM (Penumbra contact -(not usually visible). Times are in EST. 10:34 p.m. partial eclipse begins 11:41 p.m Total eclipse begins 12:12 a.m. Middle of Totality 12:44 a.m. Totality ends 1:51 a.m. Partial eclipse ends 2:15 a.m. Penumbra ends

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February 2019

Comet Iwamoto

February 9 - February 14
The Sky, Up
Any City, DE United States

This comet is moving fast between Virgo and Leo. Please see Sky and Telescope for information and charts. The dates given are from the chart path length. It can also be followed at Heavens-Above.com.

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Comet 64P Swift-Gehrels

February 9 - February 17
The Sky, Up
Any City, DE United States

This comet at magnitude 9 is found at Heavens-Above in Taurus. It recently passed very close to mars and is leaving Earth behind.

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