February 2, 2021: COVID-19 Update: Pandemic health precautions have caused the cancellation of all club meetings, public star gazes, outreach events, and other gatherings through March 31, 2021, and possibly longer. Private star gazes for very small groups are available. When possible, we will post virtual, online links to our monthly speaker presentations.

25-27 February 2021Three Planets Align at Dawn

Illustration courtesy of Sky & Telescope

1-14 March 2021
Catch the Elusive Zodiacal Light

Image: The pale cone of the
“zodiacal light” looking west during late evening twilight

2-7 March 2021Mars Passes near the Pleiades Star Cluster

Illustration courtesy of Sky & Telescope

4 Mar. 2021 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. —

This free speaker presentation will be offered virtually using the online Webex video-conferencing platform. Follow this link for instructions on how to join this virtual meeting presentation.

NASA artist rendition of Enceladus ~ Saturn’s 6th largest moon

Exploration of the Solar System’s Ocean Worlds
– presented by
Morgan Cable, PhD
, Ocean Worlds Program Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Our solar system is host to multiple ocean worlds – planets and moons that contain oceans of liquid, usually water, either on their surfaces or underneath icy crusts. These worlds are prime targets of exploration due to NASA’s quest to “follow the water” and may contain all three ingredients for life as we know it – water, chemistry, and energy. Read more…