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Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club

Calendar of Events

The Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club meets the third Friday of each month.

Upcoming Meetings and presentations

  • The monthly Astronomy Club meetings have been suspended until the Covid-19 situation settles down a little more.

  • Stay tuned for additional updates. Thank you for your patience.

What's Up in the Night Sky

    Note: Observations are good for the lower 48 states, but more accurate for the Northwest Area.

  • Feb 1 – The constellation Orion is high the southeast right after dark. To the left of Orion is the constellation Gemini. A Deep Sky Object, Orion's Nebula, can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. This nebula is one of the brightest in the night sky; 1,344 light years away and is the closest region of massive star formation to the Earth. It is estimated to be 24 light years across and has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun. Find Orion's Belt. Look south of the Belt, and you will find Orion's Nebula.

  • The only planet visible to the naked eye or binoculars in February is Mars. It is a pale yellow-orange, high in the southwest sky after dark and sets around 1 a.m.

  • Moon: New Moon – Feb 11. Full Moon - Feb 27.

April 8, 2024 Next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States