Recent News


SCAS free Programs at FIU will be on hiatus until September 20th.

Public Star Parties 8-10:30 p.m. Saturdays all year:
FIU Observatory SW 109 Ave./SW 8 St. W. Miami
Bill Sadowski Park, SW 176 St./SW 79 Ave. Palmetto Bay 33157
D'Auria Observatory, 23325 SW 217 Ave. Homestead 33031


SOLAR VIEWING RETURNS TO ZOOMIAMI

On selected Saturdays or Sundays during the coming year, weather permitting, come see SCAS free, safe solarviewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., near the ticket entrance at ZooMiami. 12400 SW 152 Street. The Sun is in its quiet time but a sudden fiery prominence can always appear. Students interested in solar energy may benefit by this program


SATURDAY August 3rd and 31st
NEW MOON STAR PARTY


D'Auria Observatory dusk-10 p.m. 23325 SW 217 Ave. Homestead. SCAS hi-tech equipment will be focused on deep sky objects.

Bring chairs, binoculars, dysfunctional telescopes, bug repellent.

Starting last month and continuing on the D'Auria Observatory will be open each and every Saturday night. The observatory is located at 23325 SW 217th Ave, Homestead.

No white lights, lasers, litter, pets or alcohol at our SCAS Star Parties.

Please be reminded that there is no public vehicle traffic permitted in the observatory property. Park outside with your headlights towards the road so there will be no light splash onto the observing field. When you walk thru the gate, please be mindful of the other guests and astronomers observing and imaging so no cell phone flashlights. Pictures are permitted but please ask first.

SCAS membership information- please contact barbyager@aol.com

MATTHEW "TIPPY" D"AURIA


It is wih great sadness that the Southern Cross Astronomical Society announces the passing of Matthew "Tippy" D'Auria, lifetime member and founder of the Winter Star Party. Tippy was a rare treasure. His love of astronomy and his passion for research, education and public outreach was a brightly shining star in our hobby........he will be greatly missed.
Tippy was either a friend, mentor or an inspiration to all who knew him or met him. Our little part of the world will just not be the same without him.
Our sympathies and our prayers are with Tippy's wife Patty and their family in this time of great sorrow.

Memorial services for Tippy will be held on Friday, August 3rd, at the Florida National Cemetory located at 6502 SW 102nd Ave. Bushnell, Florida 33513. (305)-793-7740.
Tippy's wife Patty has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Southern Cross Asronomical Society.

Rest in peace old friend


BLOGS from the Local Group


Please take a few moments to read this wonderful article in this months Asrtonomy Magazine, on line, written by Micheal Bakich.

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy/archive/2018/08/01/tippy-d-39-auria-passes-away.aspx



SOUTHERN CROSS SATURDAY STAR PARTIES
WEATHER PERMITTING

SCAS FREE STAR PARTIES at dusk
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.

Bill Sadowsky Park
17555 SW 79th Ave.
Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33157
305-661-1375

D'Auria Observatory
23325 SW 217th Ave.
Homestead, FL 33031


Bring family, friends, faculty, students, future astronomers, chairs, binoculars, telescopes, bug repellent, jackets and dress appropriately. Tour the dark, winter star-studded sky in SCAS hi-tech equipment. No white lights, lasers, litter, alcohol or pets. Park in the parking lot and walk over to the observing pad.
Please watch our Facebook page and our website for all future events, updates and cancellations.


SOUTHERN CROSS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
THE NEW MOON STAR PARTY

WEATHER PERMITTING

Each month on the Saturday closest to the new moon, come to our New Moon Star Party, dusk til 10 p.m. hosted by Southern Cross Astros. Bring family, friends, chairs, binoculars, bug repellent to the D'Auria Observatory. Hi-tech SCAS equipment will be focused on the stars and deep sky wonders that the Winter skies have to offer. The D'Auria Dark Sky Observatory is located at 23325 SW 217 Avenue, Homestead, 33031. Please remember to park outside the gate. NO public vehicle traffic is permitted on the field. NO lasers, lights, litter, alcohol or pets. Sadowski Park Star Party, Palmetto Bay will be closed. For information call 305-661-1375 or 305-439-1351. All cancellations will be posted on the SCAS Facebook page prior to the start of any star party. SADOWSKI PARK WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THE NEW MOON STAR PARTY!


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