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Amazing NASA video of the Sun

Wonders of the Night Sky
Astronomy Programs
conducted under the auspices of the
Stow Parks & Recreation Department
since September 15, 1995
Now in our twenty-third year of observing the universe together!

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Website last updated: Wednesday 1/9/2019 at 3:32 PM (EDT)

.First Event This Season...None. Negotiations with the school system for use of the field behind Fishcreek School are pending.....
Click here to see what's up in the sky this month...

Notice area
Status updated on Friday 7/20/2018 at 4:35 PM:

Observing events at the ACA's Observatory in Portage Lakes State Park in Akron.

Date: to be announced
Time: to be announced
Full details: not yet available

All events at the ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron) are totally free and open to the public.
If you want to come and observe through the 16" SCT in our observatory,
we look forward to seeing you! If you have a telescope and wish to set it up to
observe on the grounds of the ACA observatory, that is perfectly fine as well.


Calendar of Events in Stow in 2018 (events to be added when conditions permit)
( Note: Dates with a blue background are potential event dates - there may be exceptions... )
Click on any date (No Event or not) for information of interest to star-gazers
Click here
for archived events going back to 2007









Sep Oct



1/5/18 2/2/18 3/2/18 4/6/18 5/4/18 6/1/18 7/6/18
No Event
No Event
9/7/18 10/5/18 11/2/18 12/7/18
1/12/18 2/9/18 3/9/18 4/13/18 5/11/18 6/8/18
No Event
No Event
9/14/18 10/12/18 11/9/18 12/14/18
1/19/18 2/16/18 3/16/18 4/20/18 5/18/18 6/15/18
No Event
No Event
No Event
9/21/18 10/19/18 11/16/18 12/21/18
1/26/18 2/23/18 3/23/18 4/27/18 5/25/18 6/22/18
No Event
No Event
No Event
9/28/18 10/26/18 11/23/18 12/28/18
    3/30/18     6/29/18
No Event
  8/31/18     11/30/18  




 Accuweather Stargazing Forecast


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 Continental USA wind map


 Planning a Night of Observing?
   Stow Munroe Falls City School Calendar

Interesting facts:
The LAST Total Solar Eclipse in Stow Ohio occurred on June 16, 1806 at 10:48:38am EST
The NEXT Total Solar Eclipse in Stow Ohio will occur on April 8, 2024 at 3:14:21pm EDT
We will experience a very nice partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 at 2:25pm EDT
Don't forget to mark your calendars!
Click here for every Solar Eclipse from 2000 B.C. through 3000 A.D.

General Information about our events
What you should know - location, time, what to bring, etc.
My Favorite Links
(including the 2018-2019 Frontiers of Astronomy lecture series)
Some of my favorite astro-related websites
Weather - Current & Predicted
Latest information from AccuWeather for Stow, Ohio
Astronomy News
Take a look at Astro-news from several sources.
Lost & Found - new item added on 7/30/2010
Did you leave (or find) something on the observing field?
Common Names for Deep Sky Objects
Alphabetical listing of names commonly used for DSOs
Interactive Star Charts
Preset for our location in Stow, but modifiable by you
Moon Phase Charts
Daily Moon Phase charts through 2024
Daylight Saving Time
Dates of Change for any year
Planet Data
Data on the Sun, Planets & Moon

Click for current
Sunspot Activity

.Click here for current image of Sun (white light).
Click here for current image of Sun (in Ca-K light)
Click here for current image of Sun (white light & numbered)
Click here for current image of the Sun in H-α
Click here for current H-α Solar activity movie
Click here for detail of current Solar activity
Click here for information on the sun & heliosphere

Click here (or anywhere in the calendar below) for Moon Phases for all of 2019


Current Astronomy News

Sky & Telescope Newsletter
    Sky & Telescope Astro Alerts    Astronomy Newsletter

U Scorpii - about to go Nova?
    SpaceWeather    Clear Sky Chart

Tribute to Apollo 11
    How Are Lenses Made?    CalSky

APOD-Astro Photo of the Day

PBS's Jack Horkheimer "Star Gazer" Video Download Page

Jack Horkheimer, the "Star Gazer" passed away on Friday afternoon, August 20, 2010.
The next time you're out under the stars, think of Jack and his love of the night sky

Maps to our Observing Locations

Fishcreek Observing Field    Stow Senior Center    Silver Springs Campground

ACA Observatory    Camp Carl    Camp Y-Noah

Past Event News

The photos below were taken during our observing event on 6/22/07
behind Fishcreek Elementary School in Stow where the
Wonders of the Night Sky program takes place nearly every
clear Friday night during the spring, summer and fall.

All photos were taken by, and used with permission of Ray Hyer,
fellow member of
The Astronomy Club of Akron, Inc (ACA)

Ray took these shots with a DSLR in almost total darkness with an exposure time of 30 seconds giving the images a
surrealistic quality.  The long exposures are demonstrated by the motion of the people and the total lack of shadows.  Just magical.  Thank you, Ray!

Photo below, left to right:  Meade 102ED APO refractor on a Meade LXD650 German equatorial mount belonging to Jeff Kreidler (whose hand is visible on the focuser), 12" LX200GPS belonging to and operated by Dave Jessie and TMB 130SS on a Celestron CGE German equatorial mount operated by Rosaelena Villaseñor.  The 102ED was viewing Jupiter, the LX200 was on the Moon and the TMB on Venus.  There were many more scopes and mounted binoculars of all types and sizes in use on the observing field.

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Photo © 2007 by Ray Hyer
click to enlarge

Photo below:  A gentleman holding his young son up to the eyepiece of the 12" SCT that was still pointed at the Moon.  The phase was almost exactly first quarter which gave a wealth of visible detail at the terminator - the line between lunar night and day - where shadows show craters and maria to best advantage.
Perhaps this young fellow will be the next great astronomer or cosmologist!

click on thumbnail for larger image
Photo © 2007 by Ray Hyer
click to enlarge


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