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Miami-Dade County Activities Canceled

Temorary Cancelation, Sadowski, Fruit & Spice Park, Zoo Miami and Shark Valley

Due to complications with Miami-Dade county permitting process, untill further notice, all our programs at Miami-Dade county parks are cancelled. Sadowski Park, Zoo Miami, Shark Valley and Fruit and Spice Park. We will announce when we will resume operations here and on our Facebook page.


Russ Brick
President, Souther Cross Astronomical Society

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Winter Star Party Notice

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Dear Winter Star Party Participants and Volunteers,

The 2018 Winter Star Party will be held at Chiefland Astronomy Village February 12th through February 18th 2018. Please go to to register for your tickets and pre-order your official Winter Star Party merchandise.


Charlie Perillo
Winter Star Party, Host Coordinator

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Beautiful 2018 Astronomy magazine wall calendars have arrived! $8.00 ea. Supply is limited. Details:


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th come to our FREE cook out and New Moon Star Party, 5-11 p.m.hosted by Southern Cross Astros. Bring family, friends, chairs, binoculars, bug repellent to our "Out-Of This World" cook out 5-6:30 p.m. Hi-tech SCAS equipment will be focused on Autumn and Winter stars 7-11 p.m.You might see early Leonid Meteors at the D'Auria Dark Sky Observatory, 23325 SW 217 Avenue, Homestead, 33031. Park outside the gate. NO lasers, lights, litter, alcohol or pets. Sadowski Park Star Party, Palmetto Bay will be closed. 305-661-1375 305-439-1351, SCAS Facebook.

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Lunar Timetable:

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Nov 4th Full Moon 1:24 A.M
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Nov 10th Last Quarter Moon 3:38 P.M.
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Nov 18th New Moon 6:42 A.M
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Nov 26th First Quarter 12:03 P.M


Weather permitting, some meteors may be visible several evenings/predawn before and after its peak shower activity. EARTHGRAZERS- brilliant low-flying meteors may be visible parallel to the Earth's surface prior to a shower. 4-5th SOUTHERN TAURID METEORS- Most active Midnight - 2 a.m .Southern Taurids are slow 7-10 per/hour. 10-11th- NORTHERN TAURIDS, may produce 10-12 per/hour radiating from Taurus, Bull. Remnants from Comet Encke, both Taurid Meteor Showers could produce brilliant fireballs. In the predawn Orion, Hunter chases Taurus, Bull into the west. 17-18th- LEONID METEOR SHOWER-Leo, Lion crawls above the eastern horizon between Midnight and 1 a.m. Meteor radiant is located in the Lion's head. Meteors will be visible several degrees away from the radiant zipping about 160,000 mph. Colorful debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle will be most intense by 5 a.m. when the Lion is overhead and may produce about 15 meteors per/hour. -Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 2017- National Geographic- Astronomy & Sky&Tel

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Evening Skies:

  • 1st- In the SW, silver Saturn floats above ruddy Antares near the SW horizon. Antares, a red super giant star, known as the heart beating in huge Scorpius--a major summer constellation setting on the SW horizon. The tilted Sagittarian Teapot (center of our Milky Way Galaxy) pours onto the Scorpion's stinger tail.
  • 3rd- The bright WOLF MOON is almost full rising in the east before dusk.
  • 4th- By mid-evening, the Moon forms a triangle with 2 star clusters: Pleiades (upper left) and the V-shaped Hyades (lower left). Aldebaran, Bull's red eye in the Hyades (Bull's face) in Taurus, Bull in the east. Move clocks back 1 hour tonight.
  • 5th- The bright Moon nudges Aldebaran Great views in binoculars!
  • 10th- LAST QUARTER MOON occurs 3:36 p.m.
  • 17th- By 7 p.m. aim binoculars to Mercury near the SW horizon. Saturn floats 10 degrees above with icy rings at widest angle. Late evening few early Leonid Meteors may be visible radiating from Leo, Lion in the east.
  • 18th- NEW MOON STAR PARTY- dusk-11 p.m. Free cook-out and Star Party! Bring chairs, binoculars, bug repellent, family, friends, students to the SCAS D'Auria Observatory, 23325 SW 217 Avenue, Homestead 33031. Park outside the gate. NO lights, lasers, litter, pets or alcohol.
  • 19th- At dusk, Saturn lies 8 degrees above Mercury. A sliver of a crescent Moon shines briefly to the right of Mercury.
  • 20th- Early evening aim binoculars to view black Earthshine on the young, crescent Moon 2 degrees from Saturn in the SW.
  • 21st- At dusk, the Moon floats above the Sagittarian Teapot in the SW.
  • 22nd- Mercury climbs to its highest altitude above the SW horizon.
  • 26th- FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs 12:03 p.m.
  • 28th- After sunset, Saturn descends to 3 degrees above Mercury and sets mid-evening.

CONSTELLATIONS- Winter constellations rise higher in the east. Hercules leads Vega, in Lyra the Harp, and the vast Summer Triangle lower in the west. Fomalhaut twinkles in the south. Neptune drifts across the southwest in Aquarius. Blue-green Uranus sails across the SE in Pisces, Fish. Uranus glows in the south by Midnight. Aries, Ram, chases Pegasus, Winged Horse to the Zenith. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) lead Taurus, Bull higher in the east. Aldebaran lies in the V-shaped Hyades cluster. Orion, Hunter reclines on the eastern horizon. Late evening, Procyon, Little Dog, follows Orion in the east. Brilliant blue Sirius sparkles in Orion's Big Dog on the SE horizon.The Royal Family reigns in the north: King Cepheus, Queen Cassiopeia, daughter Andromeda and Perseus, Hero. Late evening, Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, higher in the NE.The Gemini Twins peer over the NE horizon.

Morning Skies:

  • 1st-7th- Remaining Orionid Meteors may be visible after midnight.
  • 2nd- By 6 a.m. brilliant Venus slowly descends toward the SE horizon. Spica, in Virgo, rises 3 degrees on the right of the Morning `Star' ruddy Mars climbs 17 degrees above them. Arcturus sparkles in the NE. The Big Dipper hangs in the north.
  • 3rd- The WOLF MOON is full at 1:23 a.m. Latest sunrise.
  • 4th- EST returns Move clocks back 1 hour after midnight.
  • 8th- At dawn, aim binoculars to Jupiter rising on the SE horizon 5 degrees below brilliant Venus. Spica and ruddy Mars are above Venus.
  • 10th- Venus descends to 3 degrees above rising Jupiter.
  • 12th-This weekend binoculars reveal the "dance of the planets" Venus & Jupiter They will be closest Monday 13th.
  • 16th- Jupiter moves into Libra. At dawn the waning Moon brings the dancing planets above the SE horizon.
  • 17th-18th- In the predawn the LEONID METEOR SHOWER will be most active radiating from Leo, Lion overhead.
  • 29th- Bright Jupiter climbs higher in the east--between Venus and Mars.

At dawn 8th, Jupiter appears on the SE horizon. Dancing together with brilliant Venus, optical equipment and cameras should record the rare celestial event 10-14th.The Royal Family swings toward the NW. The Big Dipper hangs in the north. Leo, Lion crawls overhead. The Pleiades shimmer low in the WNW. Orion, Hunter chases Taurus, Bull westward followed by brilliant Sirius, his Big Dog and the Pups in the south. Spica, in Virgo, SpringMaiden, arrives on the eastern horizon. Arcturus sparkles in the ENE.

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We Are Astronomers of South Florida
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We are proud to be associated with the FIU Dept of Physics

"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.Dayton, Former SCAS President

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Winter Star Party

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The Winter Star Party "WSP" is a serious event designed for amateur astronomers. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The event is unique in that it occurs mid-winter during the height of the Florida Keys tourist season. The warm weather, coupled with dark skies, and possibly the steadies skies in North America attracts attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe giving the event an international flavor. The amateur astronomical "get-to-together"allows participants to meet and share observing ideas, astro-imaging techniques, as well as find out what's new in the hobby. WSP offers a stellar daily line-up of speakers who are experts in their particular field. WSP is held under the auspices of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society of Miami. This not -for-profit organization funnels proceeds from this event toward public education projects, scholarship programs, humanitarian needs and Girl Scout Camp improvements.


Established in 1984, the Annual WINTER STAR PARTY is held in the Florida Keys, and hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS), Inc., of Miami, Florida.

During a new moon week each February, approximately 650 amateur astronomers from around the world travel to the warm subtropics of the Florida Keys to enjoy nightly observing in 360º of clear steady night skies, exchange information and advice on the hobby, meet SCAS members and distinguished guest speakers, shop for astronomical equipment from the finest vendors in the country, participate in photo contests & workshops, go sightseeing in the "Conch Republic", and record the awesome beauty sparkling in the southern night skies.

Traveling To
The Star Party

Getting to the WSP is easy.

From the Miami International Airport, it's 45 minutes on the Florida Turnpike south, followed by two hours on scenic Highway US-1 down the Florida Keys. Connecting flights to Key West are also available, reducing driving time to under an hour. Marathon Airport offers scheduled airline service to and from Fort Myers, Fl on Continental Airlines (in partnership with Cape Air). Marathon Airport started this new service in 2008. We advise you NOT to make non-refundable travel plans until you have received confirmation of your registration.

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The Girl Scout Campground has plenty of room for tent camping and a limited amount of room for RVs (see registration form for prices). Bunks are also available. Each Tent sleeps six. The campground has showers and clean bathrooms, but this is not a resort and facilities are rustic. If you prefer to stay off-site, there are several hotels on neighboring Keys (look for accommodations in Big Pine or Marathon). Remember, the WSP is held during the peak of tourist season in the Keys, so reserve as soon as possible after you receive confirmation (AKA WSP Ticket) of your attendance. For information on area accommodations and recreational activities, call 1-800-FLA-KEYS or see The Official Florida Keys web site.

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Register Early to Ensure Your Spot

Please contact the Winter Star Party Registrars at or call 386-362-5995 if you have any questions about registration. The 2018 WSP Registration Notification Postcards will be sent out in early September 2016.