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Have you had a look at Mars yet? Don't miss this opposition as it has only appeared larger and brighter twice; 2003 & 2018

Virtual Club Meeting - 7 PM October 13; watch your email for details

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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.


Oct 10 - Morning: You will find the last quarter Moon about 4 degrees from Pollux in Gemini

Oct 11 - Morning: The waning crescent Moon is less than 2 degrees from the Beehive cluster (M44)

Oct 13 - All night: Mars is at opposition. Don't miss this one as Mars won't be this close until 2035

Oct 14 - Morning: Another opportunity to catch the zodiacal light at a dark location, look to the east

Oct 14 - Dawn: Venus rises in the east with a thin lunar crescent close by

Oct 21 - Morning: The Orionid meteor shower peaks in the early hours (see page 52 of October Sky and Telescope)

Oct 22 - Dusk: The first-quarter Moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a small triangle in the south after sunset

Oct 31 - Evening: This month's second full Moon (aka "Blue Moon") rises

This Month's Constellation -
This Month's Constellation - Cygnus