"Pillaging the Universe One Star at a Time"


The 2023 Bootleg Star Party dates are ................. 

May 18-21 and September 14-17

Save the dates mateys, and make plans to join us!

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The Bootleg Spring Star Party Registration Form is available HERE  (pre-registration deadline is Sept 2, 2023) 12th)

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*** Due to the number of people doing imaging at the Bootleg Star Parties, Bootleg Management is indicating that Green Lasers will not be permitted starting one hour after sunset ***


For directions, go to www.google.com and enter "Green River Conservation", then click "maps" or "directions" and you will be able to enter your starting point for custom directions.



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Upcoming Observing Highlights for May 2023   (from skymaps.com)
2 Mars 0.16 NNE of Beehive cluster (M44) at 23h UT (56 from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 1.6.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
3 Moon near Antares at 23h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
4 Venus at dichotomy (D-shape) at 3h UT (evening sky).
Observe Venus's phases (Sky at Night)
4 Full Moon at 3:43 UT.
4 Venus at greatest elongation east at 11h UT (45 from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.3.
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23:14 UT (distance 364,861km; angular size 32.7').
9 Moon near Saturn at 23h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
10 Last Quarter Moon at 19:31 UT.
14 Venus 0.8 NNE of Beehive cluster (M44) at 1h UT (45 from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.4.
14 Moon near Jupiter at 6h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Pleiades at 3h UT (25 from Sun, morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Mercury at 19h UT (16 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.8.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
17 Mercury 4.3 NNW of Aldebaran at 1h UT (16 from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.8.
18 New Moon at 4:38 UT. Start of lunation 1243.
20 Moon near Castor at 4h UT (evening sky).
20 Moon near Pollux at 10h UT (evening sky).
21 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 14h UT (38 from Sun, evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
21 June solstice at 15:01 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest north of the celestial equator marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
22 Moon near Venus at 4h UT (44 from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.4. Beautiful pairing with Mars nearby!
Venus (Wikipedia)
22 Moon, Venus and Mars within circle of diameter 5 at 8h UT (46 from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −4.4 and 1.7.
22 Moon near Mars at 14h UT (evening sky). Mag. 1.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 405,385km; angular size 29.5').
23 Moon near Regulus at 12h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
26 First Quarter Moon at 7:50 UT.
27 Moon near Spica at 23h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)

>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)


Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)