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

FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 8 p.m., Southern Cross Astros are proud to welcome premier guest speaker Dr. Scott Bolton, Associate V. President,  Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bolton is Principal Investigator for the Juno Project, another segment of the NASA New Frontiers Program where he also oversaw the launches of the New Horizon Mission to Pluto and IBEX.. He was co-investigator for the NASA  Cassini and Galileo Missions and now manages the coordination and development of future NASA missions and proposals at SWRI. 

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Prior to his current position Dr. Bolton was a senior scientist and project manager for 25 years at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, California where he was responsible for spacecraft development at Lockheed-Martin, development of spacecraft design, launch vehicles,  analysis of scientific instruments in the Juno Mission. He began his interest in space science at the University of Michigan. He has more  than 30 years experience in the field of aerospace and space engineering.

Dr. Bolton leads several educational programs for developing science, math and art skills for students in elementary to high school. He has produced several musical concerts, art exhibits, scientific document, videos and appeared in several space science documentaries aimed to motivate children into their academic studies.

Come to the FIU Physics Building, CP-145 lecture hall, Modesto Maidique campus to hear the latest updates of the Juno and New Horizon Missions. The free SCAS program includes prizes, discussions with top level speakers and food buffet. Park in visitor/faculty slots in the campus Red Garage west of Southwest 109 Avenue/8 Street. Follow the SCAS signs across the patio to CP-145. 305-661-1375

SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest

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Note: All other contest entries are located on this page

SCAS regretfully announces the passing of renowned South Florida astronomer Don Parker. Mr. Parker was a retired physician and astronomer, specializing in the research of the Solar System  and planetary photography. Many of his over 20,000 images of Mars were used by professional astronomers  at NASA, and published in numerous books and journals, including Science and Nature. Mr. Parker was a speaker at  SCAS 2015 Winter Star Party last week. Visit JackStargazerweb archives for a glimpse at Don Parker's amazing volume of work.


 Services for Don Parker will be held Sunday March 1, 2015 between 4 and 7 PM at Stanfill Funeral Home, 10545 South Dixie Highway Miami , Fl 33156. A Memorial Mass will be held for Mr. Parker on Monday March 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM. The Mass will take place at Epiphany Catholic Church, 8081 SW 54th Court, Miami, Fl. 33143.

IMPORTANT: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20th SCAS' program has been cancelled. SCAS will return to FIU CP-145  Friday, March 20th at 8 p.m. Topic: NASA JUNO & NEW HORIZON Missions with Space Scientist Dr. Scott Bolton, San Antonio, Tx.

We have a Star Party every Saturday at Bill Sadowski Park

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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.

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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.

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