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The Great American Eclipse of 2017
 
Monday, August 21
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gira CCIT Building entrance next to the MLC
 

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We'll be able to see about 80% of the solar eclipse from Frostburg. There will be solar telescopes set up for viewing the eclipse, and we'll be running live feeds from inside the MLC full dome theater. We'll also have free supplies and instructions for making your own solar eclipse projector.
 
Warning!
 
Viewing the eclipse requires very special eye protection. Failure to 
use proper protection will likely result in permanent eye damage, and possibly blindness. 
 
 
Next Star Party!!!
 
Friday, August 25
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Frostburg Grows
 
 
Join us for an evening under a remarkably dark sky just south of Frostburg. In collaboration with the Cumberland Astronomy Club, and Frostburg Grows, we’ll have telescopes set up for viewing planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. If you want to set up your own telescope, please arrive an hour early.star cluster
 
 
What to Expect
 
The brightest, easiest objects to observe are Jupiter and Saturn, followed by star clusters. Nebula and galaxies are much more faint, and galaxies are the most challenging. Patience at the eyepiece is required  - take your time! It takes a minute or two before you'll see much detail. There are plenty of people to help you if you're unsure of how the telescopes work.
 
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Star Party Etiquette
 
There is no white light, smoking, or drinking alcohol allowed at the site where the telescopes are set up. Only red light is allowed because it is crucial for your vision to be dark adapted in order to see faint objects. Red plastic is provided at the parking lot for covering phones and flashlights. Smoke can damage the telescopes. Alcohol, even one drink (!), greatly affects your ability to properly focus on an object in the telescope eyepiece.

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How To Get There
 
The entrance to Frostburg Grows is located on Rt. 36, south of the intersection of I 68. The GPS coordinates are N 39 degrees 37.607 minutes, W 78 degrees 54.932 minutes. If heading south (away from Frostburg) it is on your left, just past the park & ride, where the split road joins back together. There are signs by the entrance to get your attention.
 
 
In Case of Bad Weather
 
If the weather is too unfavorable for observing, the star party is cancelled. That decision will be posted by 6 pm, August 25, on our Facebook page.