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2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN: 14 days from August 7, 2017

Club Meeting - 7 PM August 8

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

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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.

AUGUST CELESTIAL EVENTS

August 11-13 - Perseid Meteor shower peaks on Aug 12th; unfortunately a waning gibbous Moon, rising at midnight, will interfere with viewing

August 16 - Morning: Waxing crescent Moon is 1 or 2 degrees from Aldebaran for North American viewers

August 18 - Evening: 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse class, starts at 7 pm, sign up through Corvallis Parks and Recreation

August 19 - Dawn: A thin crescent Moon is 5 degrees below Venus, low in the East

August 21 - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: Depending on where you are located, starts a few minutes after 9 am PDT, totality begins about 10:15 am PDT (approximate duration of totality; ~ 1'50" Albany; ~ 1'40" Corvallis; ~1'38" Lebanon); eclipse ends about 11:35 am PDT

August 25 - Dusk: Waxing crescent Moon, Jupiter and Spica for a triangle low in the SouthWest

August 29,30 - Evening: First quarter Moon about 7 degrees to right or upper right of Saturn (on the 29th); next night (30th) Moon is to Saturn's upper left

This Month's Constellation -
This Month's Constellation - Hercules