Welcome to iS.T.A.R.

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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  • 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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  3. My daughter is wanting a telescope but I know nothing about them or where to get one. We are new to SA so I would greatly appreciate it if someone could assist me. She is 10 just looking for something basic not cheap stuff just a good entry level

    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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