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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...

Scratch the earlier post.

As much as I hate to do it, I have just canceled tonight's Sidewalk Astronomy at G.T. Bray Park.

There are waves of thundershowers passing through the area and radar shows a heavy storm bearing down on the park as I write this.

As active as the atmosphere is right now with both rain (and especially lightning), it not only doesn't bode well for good observing... it's potentially dangerous. And at the very least... unpleasant!

There is no "rain date" for Sidewalk Astronomy. Our next event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th at the Celery Fields.

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!

Seeing as I'm headed to a state park outside of Cadiz, Kentucky (population 2,626!) for this event, I may be able to answer your question in a couple of weeks or so!

Clear skies, everyone!   8)

Yes... given the fact that Manatee County's Parks and Nat. Resources Department will also be promoting our Sidewalk Astronomy events at GT Bray, I expect the turnout to be awesome!

Thanks, Ed!

I'm just glad I didn't wait around too long before starting the process!  :o

In the end, it may have taken over a month to iron out all of the issues, (and find a suitable replacement for Holmes Beach), but now it's done--and we still have four months to promote it!    :D

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!


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!

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.

Great images! Thanks for posting!

I couldn't be happier with the weather forecast for tonight. Almost 100% clear skies, fairly dry, and temps in the low 60s. (Which does mean that it may feel about 10 degrees cooler than that, so definitely bring a light jacket!)

But we're not going to be freezing our rear-ends off like we did last year!

See you all out at Crowley!

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