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Welcome to the home of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to sharing our passions for the
night sky with the local community. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. We also regularly schedule star parties, technical assistance
and educational outreach for public and private groups. Send an email to the club for outreach information.
CELESTIAL EVENTS FOR: JULY 2018
July 6 - Earth is at aphelion, farthest from the Sun for 2018 at 152,095,566 kilometers (94,508,000 miles)
July 10 - Dawn: The waning crescent Moon is in the Hyades only 1/2 degree from Aldebaran
July 10-11 - Night: Jupiter is at its stationary point, 2 degrees to the right of Alpha Librae
July 11-12 - Night: Mercury is at greatest elongation of 26 degrees, it then fades from our view re-emerging at dawn in late August
July 26-27 - All night: Mars is at opposition! Hope the dust storm clears!
July 30-31 - All night: Mars comes closer to Earth than it has since 2003. Look in southwest Capricornus to see the red planet at -2.8 magnitude!
This Month's Constellation - Hercules