SPECIAL JANUARY PROGRAM: We will have a special Saturday Public Night at Ashton on January 27, 2018, to explore the lunar eclipse happening the following Wednesday morning. Join us at Ashton Saturday evening at 7:00 pm for this free program.
You've seen full moons before, but this one is pretty unusual – full moon (rises Tuesday evening, Jan. 30), supermoon (larger & brighter Moon due to the Moon being closer to us that night), blue moon (the rare occasion when there are two full moons in one month, and a total lunar eclipse at the end (early morning hours of Wednesday Jan. 31). Come Saturday to learn more about this unusual combination of events, and how to see the eclipse Wednesday morning. Click HERE for a handout sheet.
The 2018 season begins in April
Saturday public nights at Ashton Observatory run from April through October. Except for first Saturdays of each month, evenings begin with a classroom program at 8:00 pm. Free admission.
To learn more about classroom presenters, click the links below:
- Derryl Barr
- Gabe Brammer
- Keith Harrod
- Turker Kucuk
- Karl Lewis
- Dave Lynch
- Joyce Naffier
- Vern Naffier
- Luis Martinez
- JR Paulson
- Ed Ramsell
- Herbert Schwartz
- Jim Stearns
- Ryan Thompson
- Norm Van Klompenburg
- Rod Williams
- Jan Winter
- Greg Woolever
Friday evenings offer great lectures at the Drake Observatory in Des Moines. Download the schedule to see the latest dates and topics.
Ashton Observatory Public Nights are April through October
Dark skies and the Milky Way reign over Ashton Observatory every clear night, waiting for us all to seek them out. From April through October except July, members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society open Ashton Observatory to the public each Saturday evening. We are delighted to share the majesty of the night sky with you!
The first Saturday of each month is pure stargazing. The other Saturdays of each month offer a classroom program from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by stargazing after that. See you soon! Don't wait to check it out. Download the above schedule and the included map and directions to Ashton.
All Ashton Public Nights are free admission. Your free-will donations will help keep Ashton Observatory open.
Check back often for the latest happenings with DMAS.
Driving to Ashton
Other events and locations
Astronomy Day at the Science Center of Iowa. DMAS members will be on hand from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to share interest about astronomy.
Downtown Farmers Market. Three times a season DMAS members offer a booth at the market. Stop by to chat, pick up information, and see what's going on.
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