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7:00 pm


This month's meeting is cancelled







All are welcome! Bring a friend when next we meet!


President’s Rant

Hello NC Astronomers and friends,

I am adding to my April Rant because that information is still relevant.

I have been keeping active and trying not to drive my wife crazy while we are social distancing for safety’s sake. Isn’t it amazing how long a tank of gasoline can last when you only leave home for essentials?

The Library Telescopes are nearly completed. All that remains to be done is to attach the various warnings and instructions and to give the scopes a final star test if I can remember what stars are. I will then contact the Nevada County Library and attempt to arrange custody transfer.

Until we can gather again, be safe, stay well, and stay active.



I hope that you are all well and are aware that ALL club activities are cancelled until it is deemed safe for groups to congregate. This means no pre-meeting dinners, no meetings, no star parties, and perhaps worst of all, no Astronomy on Tap (sob).

We don’t know how CoViD-19 will play out, but it will take some time to break the cycle. Therefore, the best thing for us is to hunker and be as careful as possible. Keep in touch with your families, friends and neighbors. A phone call can brighten someone’s day.

So, until we can see each other, stay well, keep looking up at the sky and down at the grass.




PS: Since it appears that we may not be able to have another meeting until after our summer shutdown, the Board has decided to extend the membership of everyone who has paid their dues for 2020 through 2021. That seems fair to the loyal members of our club.

Outreach - Hilary Steinmetz

No current requests due to the COVID-19 social distancing mandate. 



Astronomy on Tap is CANCELLED until further notice!

NC Astronomer members continue to enjoy the beer  and 'blather' at the 1849 Brewery. The beer selection at the Brewery is quite comprehensive, they seem to enjoy naming beers after astronomical topics and the environment is designed for in depth conversations on deeply philisophical questions. 

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Each month we choose several current topics in Astronomy and share our ignorance.

Note new meeting location

 Astronomy on Tap will meet on

The third Monday of the month at 5pm


Come and join the conversation at

1849 Brewery - 468 Sutton Way (back of Union Newspaper)


Secretary/Treasurer - Paul Bacon


Our Mission is:

'Bringing' Astronomy to the Public'

a BIG Thank You

to all our members who join and make our programs possible!

As we continue to move into the New Year, help keep our wonderful little club financially healthy!

I will be collecting membership contributions

($20/year for member or family)

at our Monthly Meetings,

If you can't make the meeting, send your check to:

          NC Astronomers, %Paul Bacon,                    
10572 Oak St., Grass Valley, CA 95945


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Become a Citizen Scientist with NASA!

David Prosper

Ever want to mix in some science with your stargazing, but not sure where to start? NASA hosts a galaxy of citizen science programs that you can join! You’ll find programs perfect for dedicated astronomers and novices alike, from reporting aurora, creating amazing images from real NASA data, searching for asteroids, and scouring data from NASA missions from the comfort of your home. If you can’t get to your favorite stargazing spot, then NASA’s suite of citizen science programs may be just the thing for you.

Jupiter shines brightly in the morning sky this spring. If you’d rather catch up on sleep, or if your local weather isn’t cooperating, all you need is a space telescope - preferably one in orbit around Jupiter! Download raw images straight from the Juno mission, and even process and submit your favorites, on the JunoCam website! You may have seen some incredible images from Juno in the news, but did you know that these images were created by enthusiasts like yourself? Go to their website and download some sample images to start your image processing journey. Who knows where it will take you? Get started at

Interested in hunting for asteroids? Want to collaborate with a team to find them?? The International Astronomical Search Collaboration program matches potential asteroid hunters together into teams throughout the year to help each other dig into astronomical data in order to spot dim objects moving in between photos. If your team discovers a potential asteroid that is later confirmed, you may even get a chance to name it!  Join or build a team and search for asteroids at

Want to help discover planets around other star systems? NASA’s TESS mission is orbiting the Earth right now and scanning the sky for planets around other stars. It’s accumulating a giant horde of data, and NASA scientists need your help to sift through it all to find other worlds! You can join Planet Hunters TESS at:

Intrigued by these opportunities? These are just a few of the many ways to participate in NASA citizen science, including observing your local environment with the GLOBE program, reporting aurora with Aurorasaurus, measuring snowpack levels, training software for Mars missions – even counting penguins! Discover more opportunities at and join the NASA citizen science Facebook group at And of course, visit to find the latest discoveries from all the research teams at NASA!

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Outreach Coordinator Hilary Steinmetz
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At Large Greg Ouligian
At Large Greg Dolkas

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Nevada City 95959

10572 Oak St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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