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

Virtual Club Meeting - 7 PM July 14; 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.


July 4 - Earth is at Aphelion, farthest from the Sun for 2020, at a distance of 152,095,296 kilometers

July 5 - Evening: The Moon, just past full, is with Jupiter and Saturn, forming a triangle between Sagittarius and Capricornus

July 11 - Dawn: Look to the southeastern horizon where the waning gibbous Moon and Mars are less than 6 degrees apart. Lower, Venus is 1 degree from Aldebaran

July 14 - All night: Jupiter is at opposition, shining brightly at -2.8 magnitude

July 15 - All night: Jupiter is closest to Earth and Pluto is at opposition. Pluto is faint at 14.3 magnitude and will require at least an 8 inch telescope to see

July 20 - All night: Saturn is at opposition, shining at +0.1 magnitude

July 30 - Dusk: A waxing Moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a line about 20 degrees long in the southeast

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