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San Antonio Astronomical Association invites you to share the wonder and excitement of astronomy.

The members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association enjoy exploring, observing, and learning about the objects in our solar system and beyond. We want to share our experience with you. From beginner to professional astronomer, with or without a telescope, we invite you to join us in this exciting and rewarding endeavor.

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Scobee Education Center Grand Opening Star Party

Come on out to the Scobee Education Center on the evening of November 1st for a public star party to celebrate the Grand Opening of … Continue reading

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Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

Friday, October 31, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Scobee Education Center [Map] San Antonio College and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees present the … Continue reading

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Astronomy Day at Solar Fest 2014

This fall the San Antonio Astronomical Association will be celebrating Astronomy Day at Solar Fest 2014.  Come on out an join us for some solar … Continue reading

Total Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in San Antonio on 8 October

We will be waking to a Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of 8 October.  Don’t miss your chance to see the last Total Lunar … Continue reading

SAAA Monthly Meeting

We’re sad to report that there will be no July meeting of the SAAA. “Why?” you are asking.  Well let me tell you.  The San … Continue reading


  • Scobee Education Center Grand Opening Star Party


    Come on out to the Scobee Education Center on the evening of November 1st for a public star party to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Scobee Education Center, formerly the Challenger Learning Center, and the Scobee Planetarium

    Members of the San Antonio Astronomical Association will have their telescopes set up to share the night sky with the public.  This event is free.

    Map to the Scobee Education Center

  • Scobee Education Center Grand Opening


    Friday, October 31, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    San Antonio College and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees present the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Scobee Education Center.

    Come celebrate SAC’s newest building on campus at this high-profile event, including special guests: Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Chair of the National Challenger Center and Lee Greenwood, recording artist and country music icon, singing ‘God Bless America.’

    Once opened, the Scobee Education Center will become San Antonio’s center for space and science exploration. The building is state-of-the-art and features a newly remodeled planetarium and observatory, and a brand new Challenger Learning Center.

    WHAT
    A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Scobee Education Center.

    WHEN
    Friday, October 31, 2014
    9 to 10 a.m.

    WHERE
    Scobee Education Center
    San Antonio College
    1300 San Pedro Ave
    San Antonio, Texas 78212
    View campus map

    WHO
    This event is open to the public.

    CONTACT
    For more info or to RSVP for this event, please email mcollett@alamo.edu or call 210-486-0961.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    SAC broke ground on the Scobee Planetarium/Challenger (now named the Scobee Education Center) in May of 2012. During this 2+ years of extensive remodeling and new construction, the existing building, which included the Planetarium and Observatory, underwent major renovation. New construction added the Challenger Learning Center which has increased the building size to a total of 22,000 square feet.

    The Scobee Planetarium, named for Francis “Dick” Scobee, flight commander of the ill-fated Challenger mission, has been a San Antonio College staple for more than 50 years. It has ushered in millions of visitors over the years, and will continue to serve the community with invigorating shows and events.

    With the addition of the Challenger component, the Scobee Education Center will become the hub of all space and science education for not only the city of San Antonio, but for the South Texas region. The Challenger component will provide the community, school-aged children and educators a unique resource for hands-on learning about space, science and more. The Center will also provide professional development opportunities and rental space for special events.

  • Astronomy Day at Solar Fest 2014


    This fall the San Antonio Astronomical Association will be celebrating Astronomy Day at Solar Fest 2014.  Come on out an join us for some solar observing.

    This year’s Solar Fest will be held at the William R. Sinkin ECO Centro on the San Antonio College campus on Saturday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Willima R. Sinkin ECO Centro is located at 1802 N. Main Ave, San Antonio, 78212.  [Map]

    Solar Fest is presented by Solar San Antonio, who  invites the community to its free, annual event to learn about solar energy and living green.

    Homeowners will have the opportunity to interact directly with solar installers and other green building and home improvement professionals.

    A wide range of environmental organizations and sustainable vendors will be present. Schools will show off their latest solar projects and visitors can check out various electric vehicles.

    Visitors can also take home a free tree, enjoy the HEB-sponsored Kid’s Zone, and grab some food from the CPS Energy Food Truck Alley.

    Children can learn about solar through a UV bead bracelet making activity organized by the San Antonio Children’s Museum or by racing solar cars from Solar San Antonio.

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in San Antonio on 8 October


    We will be waking to a Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of 8 October.  Don’t miss your chance to see the last Total Lunar Eclipse this year!

    Local times for eclipse in San Antonio on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Click on the Sun/Moon symbol in the “Looks like” column to see what the eclipse looks like during the different phases of the event.

    Event Time in San Antonio Direction Altitude Looks like Comments
    Penumbral Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 3:17 AM 237°West-southwest 52.0° Eclipse as seen from earth The Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face.
    Partial Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 4:18 AM 250°West-southwest 40.5° Eclipse as seen from earth Partial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red.
    Total Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 5:27 AM 261°West 26.4° Eclipse as seen from earth Total moon eclipse starts – completely red moon.
    Maximum Eclipse Oct 8 at 5:55 AM 265°West 20.7° Eclipse as seen from earth Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.
    Total Eclipse ends Oct 8 at 6:22 AM 268°West 14.9° Eclipse as seen from earth Total moon eclipse ends.
    Partial Eclipse ends Oct 8 at 7:32 AM 277°West 0.8° Eclipse as seen from earth Partial moon eclipse ends.
    Moon near horizon, must have completely free sight or higher up than the surroundings.
    Moonset Oct 8 at 7:36 AM 277°West 0.0° below Not directly visible Below horizon
    Penumbral Eclipse ends Oct 8 at 8:32 AM 284°West-northwest 12.0° below Not directly visible Below horizon

    This eclipse is in progress during  moonset, so only parts of the eclipse are visible in San Antonio.

    Times are local for San Antonio (CDT – Central Daylight Time).

  • SAAA Monthly Meeting


    We’re sad to report that there will be no July meeting of the SAAA.

    “Why?” you are asking.  Well let me tell you.  The San Antonio Astronomical Association is hosting the 2014 Astronomical League Convention at the San Antonio Airport Hilton, July 10th through 12th as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.  That’s right, the SAAA formed in July 1974 and held its first meeting in August 1974.

    Come on out to ALCon 2014 San Antonio and attend the myriad of lectures on various topics of interest to the amateur and professional astronomer or just to meet astronomers from across the country.  Feel free to join our astronomical conventioneers at the Riverwalk Friday evening.

    No worries folks, we’ll be back in August with a great speaker.

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    1. You would probably want to go to Analytical Scientific on Bandera Rd just about 1/2 mile east of 1604. Sorry, I don’t have the street address with me. There you will find some very good quality telescopes from beginner to advanced amateur. You know your daughter better than I do, obviously, but if she is really interested, get her one that won’t have her bored and frustrated within 3 months. I would recommend an 8″ reflector by Orion. She will be able to see more than the full moon with that. Don’t forget that she will need a couple of eyepieces and perhaps a nebula filter or two. She will also need a planisphere and a decent star charet or atlas. Sky & Telescope publishes a “pocket” guide that has everything in it that she would need. It sells for about $20.00. Good luck and keep her enthused. It will pay off in later times.

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