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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.
CELESTIAL EVENTS FOR: AUGUST 2018
August 1 - 31 - Four bright planets visible all month in a low arc across the sky; Mars in the SW, Venus in the W with Saturn and Jupiter between
August 6 - Morning: The waning crescent Moon is near the Hyades in Taurus
August 12 -13 - Late night to dawn: The Perseids peak the evening of August 12th. Best time is from midnight to dawn. Optimal viewing conditions with no Moon
August 14 - Dusk: Venus and a waxing crescent Moon are 6 degrees apart
August 22 - 23 - Evening and night: The waxing Moon is 8 to 9 degrees above Mars; the Moon is to the Upper right on the 22nd and upper left on the 23rd
August 26 - Dawn: As the full Moon sets in the W, mercury is rising, you'll need binoculars
August 31 - Dusk: Venus is very close to Spica. They are about 1 degree apart.
This Month's Constellation - Hercules