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

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Website last updated: Friday 7/21/2017 at 12:16 AM (EDT)

.Next Scheduled Event: 80.53% partial solar eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017 starting at 1:07 PM (depending on weather, of course)..
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Notice: posted on Thursday 7/13/2017 at 12:40 PM:



Partial Solar Eclipse Program
Monday August 21, 2017
From 1:00PM until 4:00PM

Presented by local astronomers and members of the ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron)
We will have a program (weather conditions allowing, of course) to observe the partial solar eclipse occurring in the early afternoon of Monday, 8/21/2017. Totality will be experienced across the USA from the west coast of Oregon to the east coast of South Carolina. Unfortunately, Ohio is over 400 miles north of the line of totality. However, we'll experience a significant partial eclipse with 80.53% of the Sun's disk hidden from view by the Moon. The ACA (Astronomy Club of Akron - will be holding their official event here as well. We'll have specially filtered solar telescopes to safely observe this event in both white-light and hydrogen-alpha light allowing views of solar prominences and other solar detail.

We'll also have 110 pair of solar viewing glasses which meet the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015
and certified by British Standards Institute #0086 Notified body HP2 4SQ

that will be given away (one per family) to the first people that arrive to observe the eclipse.

                                      NEVER  LOOK  AT  THE  SUN  WITHOUT  PROPER  EYE  PROTECTION !!!

Click here to see
NASA site on
safe viewing of the Eclipse

Location for safe viewing of the eclipse:

Fishcreek Elementary School
(large open field behind the back parking lot)
5080 Fishcreek Rd
Stow, Ohio  4422
Click here for map and directions

Click here to see
NASA site on
safe viewing of the Eclipse

The graphic below shows the field behind Fishcreek School where we'll be set up. The times shown are in UT (Universal Time). To convert to local EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) 4 hours must be subtracted. The result
will be in 24-hour Military Time from which 12 hours must be subtracted if greater than 12 and then adding "PM".
Or make life easier and look at the local times in this chart:



Time (EDT Eastern Daylight Time)

Start of partial eclipse (C1): Monday 8/21/2017

1:07:12 PM

Maximum eclipse (Max): Monday 8/21/2017

2:31:54 PM (80.53% coverage)

End of partial eclipse (C4): Monday 8/21/2017

3:52:03 PM

To see exact eclipse data for a location of your choice, visit this site: link

Below is a computer-generated graphic to show how the eclipse will appear to us here in Stow, Ohio:

The map below shows the path of the eclipse with the dark band indicating the path of totality.
Times shown are all EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). As you can see, Stow (and all of NE Ohio)
is over 400 miles from Hopkinsville in western Kentucky - the location of maximum eclipse.
(Click the map to see a detailed map of the continental USA with state names showing)


On an entirely different note,
why haven't there been any "Wonders of the Night Sky" events at Fishcreek School so far this year???
Between the weather, events at the school, difficulty in scheduling lights-out times, and a myriad number of other reasons including my own personal health issues, the astronomy observing events have really taken a beating. If you've noticed, for some unknown reason, Friday nights have repeatedly experienced bad weather. We've had exactly ONE astronomically acceptable Friday night this year and that occurred on June 2nd - the night reserved for our annual event at Camp Carl for cancer patients from Akron Children's Hospital which we've been conducting for the past 20+ years. Now, back to the Fishcreek events: we had exactly ONE successful event in 2015, ONE in 2016 and NONE so far in 2017. This is a far cry from the years prior to 2013 going back to 1995. It used to be that no more than two or three events had to be cancelled each year due to weather. I really can't explain this dramatic change. What can I say? I've been unable to bring myself to schedule events just to have to cancel them due to weather conditions. It's been disheartening to a major degree. Events will be added to the calendar in a late-notice scenario when conditions indicate a high probability of success so cancellations will hopefully not be required.

Calendar of Events in Stow in 2017 (events to be added when conditions permit)
Click on any date (scheduled or not) for information of interest to star-gazers
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for archived events going back to 2007









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 Accuweather Stargazing Forecast


 Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Weather Animation


 Continental USA wind map


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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 2016-2017 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 2017


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
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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!

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Photo © 2007 by Ray Hyer
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