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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.


July 5 - Earth is at aphelion at 3:27 pm PDT, farthest from the Sun for this year at 94,510,886 miles (about 3.4% farther than at perihelion in January 2021)

July 6 - Dawn: The waning crescent Moon is in Taurus halfway between Aldebaran and the Pleiades

July 11 - Dusk: The two-day old Moon is now in the evening sky and forms a line with Venus and Mars low on the west-northwestern horizon

July 12 - Dusk: Venus and Mars are within 1/2 of a degree of each other with the Moon at the upper left of the pair

July 21 - Dusk: Venus shines in the twilight at it sets in Leo within 1 degree of Regulus

July 24 - Dawn: The Moon and Saturn pair up low in the southwest before sunrise. Jupiter is to the upper left

July 25 - Dawn: The Moon and Jupiter are about 5 degrees apart above the southwestern horizon

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