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Welcome to the Heart of the Valley Astronomers

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Status of STAR PARTIES: See the schedule page for details regarding star party status.

TENTATIVE: Virtual Club Meeting - 7 PM May 12

VENUE Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive , Corvallis, OR 97333

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Contact the Heart of the Valley Astronomers

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.

MAY CELESTIAL EVENTS

May 12 - Dawn: The waning gibbous Moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a triangle between Sagittarius and Capricornus

May 13,14 - Dawn: The thinning Moon moves away from the gas giants and approaches Mars

May 15 - Dawn: the waning crescent Moon is 4 degrees to the lower left of Mars

May 15 - Dusk: Venus's crescent presents an opportunity to test your eyesight. Binoculars will help (held very steady!)

May 21 - Dusk: Venus and Mercury are in conjunction. The pair will be about 1 degree apart low above the west-northwest horizon

May 23 - Dusk: A very thin crescent Moon is about 4 degrees to the lower left of Venus. See if you can spy Mercury at the upper left of Venus

May 24 - Dusk: The waxing Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a line about 12 degrees long shortly after sunset. The viewing window is brief!

May 28 - Evening: The Moon has crossed into Leo and is about 7 degrees to the northwest of Regulus

This Month's Constellation -
This Month's Constellation - Leo