"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

Local Events

Since 1986 the Southern Cross Astronomy Observation Deck in Miami-Dade Bill Sadowski Park, SW 176 Street, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Rd. Palmetto Bay has been a major attraction for all ages.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower begins early August and reaches its peak activity in the predawn 11-13th. A bright full Moon will interfere but look for the brightest Perseids and fireballs radiating from Perseus rising in the NE before midnight and overhead until dawn.

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Winter Star Party

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.

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