Southern Cross Astronomical Society

"The Mission Statement of the Southern Cross Astronmical Society, Inc., is to bring astronomy to the public through education, research and enjoyable free public events, free telescope observing, improve the status, understanding and enjoyment of amateur astronomy. We are edicated, by our legacy, to provide free lectures and presentations. We encourage research and pursue a respectful attitude to discourage light pollution. We believe a beautiful starlit sky belongs to everyone. “

Duke N.DaytonFormer SCAS President

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The tee Shirt Annual design winner was designed by John O'Neill


Registration Tutorial available here


We have a Star Party every Saturday at Bill Sadowski Park

Current Observation conditions at the Park - Star Party may get cancelled due to bad seeing conditions. Call Park office at 305-255-4767 for information.

Special events this month

FRIDAY, 18th: SCAS public program: FIU TELESCOPE AT CANARY ISLANDS. FIU research astronomer, SCAS Honorary member, Dr. James R. Webb will reveal his completion of a hi-tech triangle of FIU/SARA research telescopes: Kitt Peak National Observatory and N. Chile. Students and faculty from the 10 colleges in the Southeast Assoc. of Research Astronomers (SARA) will have access to this equipment. SCAS free astronomy programs are held 8-11 p.m. FIU Physics building CP-145 lecture hall, Modesto Maidique campus. Park in visitor/ faculty space in the Campus garage, west side of southwest 109 Avenue/8 Street. Follow the SCAS signs into CP-145.  305-661-1375

SUNDAY 27th-  WEATHER PERMITTING: 9-11:30 p.m. SCAS LUNAR ECLIPSEWATCH will be scheduled at TWO locations: SCAS Observatory 23325 Southwest 217 Avenue, Homestead, 33031 AND Bill Sadowski Park southwest 176 Street, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. Partial eclipse begins 9: 07 p.m.- ends 12:27 a..m. Monday. Totality: 10:11-11:23 p.m. NO parking on private property. At both sites bring a picnic, chairs, bug repellent, binoculars, telescopes. NO lasers, lights, litter, alcohol or pets.   Updates: 305-661-1375

New Classified Section: See what our members have for sale!

Astrophotos from SCAS members

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SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest

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Note: All other contest entries are located on this page

Current Observation conditions at the Park - Star Party may get cancelled due to bad seeing conditions. Call Park office at 305-255-4767 for information.

SCAS Stargazer events for the month of June 2015. 

SCAS' Stargazer is now published on the last Satruday of the month in the Miami Herald's Tropical Life section.

SCAS Public Events Schedule

Become a member of SCAS! Benefits include telescope loaners and access to our top of the line Redland Observatory. Learn more….

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Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy- Photo taken from SCAS D’Auria Observatory by Tim Khan

Comet Lovejoy continues moving northwest not far from the Pleiades. In February the comet will continue north between Andromeda and Perseus as it fades further, on its way to passing very close by Polaris late next May when it will be a mere 12th magnitude. 

SCAS through the Years

SCAS president, Dr. Lester  Shalloway has uncovered old pictures from SCAS archives. We have posted a slideshow of this amazing snapshot of SCAS history.