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Sidewalk Astronomy at Bradenton's G.T. Bray Park TONIGHT
(Saturday, March 24)

Sorry for the late posting... but I am pleased to announce tonight's Sidewalk Astronomy event!

Weather permitting, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 starting at 7:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up high-quality telescopes for your viewing pleasure near the park's 51st Street West entrance.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park.

Our observing area will be the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Avenue Drive West entrance, off of 51st Street West.

Guest parking will be available along the south side of 33rd Avenue, about 100 yards west of the observing site. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Happy Tails Dog Park.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and other deep-sky wonders as they become visible.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to people of all ages; hope to see you there!

Best,

Jonathan

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I am pleased to announce our next Sidewalk Astronomy event!

Weather permitting, on Saturday, February 24, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for your viewing pleasure in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, ample public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill).
 
Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planet Uranus as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to people of all ages.

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As much as I hate to do it, I am canceling tonight's (Saturday, January 27th) Sidewalk Astronomy event that was scheduled to take place at Sarasota's Riverview High School.

Although it doesn't appear that it will rain until tomorrow, the most optimistic forecast for this evening calls for 70-80% cloud cover--with a strong likelihood that it'll be nearly 100% overcast. :-(

Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies NEXT month! Assuming the clouds part, we'll be set up on Saturday, February 24th at the Celery Fields in Sarasota.

So tonight may be a good time to catch the latest movie, or binge-watch something on Netflix!  ;-)

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Weather permitting, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing near the the 51st Street West entrance to G.T. Bray Park.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park. We will have the telescopes set up in the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Ave Dr W entrance, off of 51st Street West.

For those planning to attend as a guest, parking will be available in a parking lot on the south side of 33rd, approximately 100 yards west of the observing area. Additional parking is available at Happy Tails Dog Park just north of the lot where we'll be set up.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planets Uranus and Neptune as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to everyone!

Hope to see you there!

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Our next Sidewalk Astronomy event is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Celery Fields.

You can find complete details at the following event link I've posted on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/events/1702177516527582/?active_tab=about

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Regarding this evening's Sidewalk Astronomy at G.T. Bray Park in West Bradenton...
5801 33rd Ave Dr W, Bradenton (On the field just behind the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building.)

The weather forecast for this evening's event remains... IFFY! (This is the most frustrating type of forecast for us because it MIGHT be okay---and then again---it might not!)

As of 4:00 p.m., there are a lot of scattered showers throughout the state and they're all headed towards the Gulf.  😧

If we're lucky, they'll rain themselves out before they get to West Bradenton and we'll be able to enjoy some clear skies.

Just bear in mind that even if we're able to set up tonight... we'll have to keep a vigil and may end up having to wrap things up on pretty short notice if a rain shower sneaks up on us!

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Hello to all LGDSO members and Forum guests!

I am pleased to announce that I have finalized our Sidewalk Astronomy schedule for 2017-2018.

Our observing season begins on September 23rd at a brand-new location...GT Bray Park in Bradenton. Specifically, we will be setting up on the large field just east of the US Coast Guard Aux building that's near the 59th Street entrance to the park.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be holding any more events on the City of Holmes Beach property.

The complete schedule for the coming year is attached. Feel free to post/share/reproduce these flyers if you wish.

Looking forward to yet another great year of observing!

Jonathan

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We are pleased to announce Sidewalk Astronomy for May.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:30 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill!).

Sunset on May 6th will be at 8:07 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible close-up views of the gas giant planet Jupiter as well as the waxing gibbous Moon. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night. Please note that this will be the final event of the season - - there will be no Sidewalk Astronomy in June, July, or August.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to all!

Hope to see you on May 6th!

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Just a reminder that our quarterly meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday, April 12) starting at 7:00 p.m. sharp at the Riverview High School Science Center Planetarium.

In addition to an overview of what's been going on with the club as well as some things-to-come, we will be watching one of the Planetarium's shows.


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