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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

  • Our next meeting will be on Friday June 19, 2020. Alan Gerstenecker will be giving a presentation on the Aurora Borealis
    Get together at 6 PM for discussions and snacks, meeting starts at 7 PM.

What's Up in the Night Sky

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

  • On Saturday, June 13, the moon will be in the last quarter phase. It generally will rise around midnight. On Sunday, the New Moon will be on June 21. On Sunday, June 28, the moon will be in the first quarter phase.

  • On June 19 about an hour before sunrise, a very slim crescent moon will be very close to the bright planet Venus. Look for the pair just above the east-northeast horizon.

  • On June 20 at 3:54 pm, the Sun will reach its northernmost declination of the year resulting in the longest daylight hours for the Northern Hemisphere. This solstice marks the beginning of the summer season.

  • After dusk in late June, the stars Vega (constellation Lyra), Deneb (constellation Cygnus) and Altair (constellation Aquila) are the first stars to appear in the darkening eastern sky. These three bright stars form the Summer Triangle Asterism and will remain visible until the end of December.

  • Mars will rise between 1 am and 2 am and will be easily visible in the lower third of the southeastern predawn sky until almost sunrise.

  • During June, Jupiter will shine very brightly from midnight until dawn. Saturn will only be a few degrees to the east of Jupiter all year. The two planets will be rather low in the southern sky.

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