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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.


May 12 - Dusk: A thin lunar crescent is less than a degree from Venus low in the west-northwest. Binoculars will help

May 13 - Dusk: A slightly larger lunar crescent is about 3 degrees from Mercury low in the west-northwest

May 15 - Dusk: The Moon and mars are in Gemini, shortly after sunset. They are about 2 degrees apart

May 17 - Dusk: The Moon is in Cancer about 2 degrees from M44 (Beehive cluster)

May 19 - Dusk: High in the southwest the Moon is hanging in Leo about 5 degrees from regulus

May 26 - Dawn: A quick total lunar eclipse (18.4 minutes of totality), unfortunately the Moon sets while leaving the umbra for us in Oregon

May 26 - Evening: An almost full Moon rises in the southeast with Antares in Scorpius. They are about 6 degrees apart.

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This Month's Constellation - Bootes