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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2017 WinterStar Party Registration information


                                                  October  & November 2016


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, SCAS Astros welcome premier speaker Dr. Nebil Misconti, retired UCF professor, who will present his exciting program IMPACTS FROM SPACE 8 p.m. FIU Physics lecture hall CP-145, Modesto Maidique campus. 

Dr. Misconti grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. He attended University of Istanbul, Turkey and came to Mexico and then completed his graduate studies in the United States. His adventures  involved astronomy research, and media problems in the Middle East. He will discuss the threat of asteroid collisions, solar astronomy, interplanetary dust, new protective armor against Star Wars laser weapons, views on global warming and more!! Autographed copies of his book "An Immigrant's Journey Into The Cosmos" will be for sale. Lively discussions and refreshments will conclude the free SCAS program.Check with your instructor for XTRA CREDIT.!!!

Park in the FIU campus garage, in visitor/faculty space, west side of SW 109 Avenue/8 Street. Follow the SCAS signs across the patio into CP-145. SCAS Hotline is not functioning. Check Southern Cross Astronomical Society Facebook for latest news.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, Southern Cross Astros will arrange hi-tech equipment in the dark outback at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue, Homestead for Family Fun Night 7-10 p.m. Enjoy Park activities and view planets, Andromeda Galaxy, and deep sky mysteries overhead. Learning is fun for all ages with Southern Cross Astros. Bring chairs, blankets, binoculars and bug repellent to the SCAS Hallowe'en Star Party. FREE.  Park: 305-247-5727.


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11th  sunset - 9:30 p.m.Bring family, friends, military vets and wounded warriors to enjoy a Fall Evening Under the Stars from a very dark sky site in Shark Valley, Everglades Nat'l Park, Tamiami Trail. Arrive earlier for tram rides and photo wildlife in the Everglades. Flocks of birds glide into the trees at dusk. Last Tram at 4 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets, binoculars, cameras, bug repellent. The SCAS Star Party will be held on the new observation deck at the end of the parking lot. FREE. 305-225-2001.

Mercury transit on May 9, 2016


Mercury transit time lapse picture by Russ Brick

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Mercury Transit animated gif by Russ Brick

See some of the 2016 Winter Star Party pictures by Art Mullis here

In Memoriam

ANDRES VALENCIA, 63, an extraordinary Southern Cross astronomer of several years, suddenly passed away Friday, February 13th, 2016.

Andres Valencia

Andres Valencia

Andres was so very helpful at our Saturday night Star Parties at Bill Sadowski Park, patiently explaining constellations and the "universe" to youngsters and adults who were hypnotized by the beautiful celestial objects viewed in his table size Astroscan.  He also was a popular speaker at school Career Days. They enjoyed SCAS Star Parties at Vizcaya, Fairchild Garden and schools.

A renowned scientist/engineer/astronomer, he produced an awesome website Arval Observatory that is packed with information: astronomy, meteorology, climate change, sea rise problems, etc. He was in frequent contact with colleagues in Scotland, Spain, South America exchanging latest scientific updates. Several years ago he moved his family from Caracas, Venezuela to Key Biscayne.

 Andres will be sincerely missed.

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.

Solar Eclipse 2017 news

Solar eclipse 2017 whole-us

Cities in the path of totality

Order your Solar Eclipse Glasses from the Astronomical League

Get ready for the North American Great Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 2:31PM. Eclipse will be 90% visible in Florida in 100% in South Carolina.

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

Astrophotos from SCAS members

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m42 -Steve VanRyn

SCAS Congratulates the Winners of the Astrophotography Contest

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Note: All other contest entries are located on this page

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.