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Sat., April 7 - Kartchner Caverns Star Party

Dr. Grant Williams, MMTO Director, will give a talk at the Kartchner Star Party on Saturday, April 7. Join him at 5:30pm in the Discovery Center and learn about "The Three Dimensional Nature of Supernovae: Are Exploding Stars Round?" Telescopes will be set up outside before and after for solar viewing and stargazing. More information can be found here.

Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy - April 4

The final lecture for this year will be held on Wednesday, April 4. Dr. Stephanie Juneau, of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, will speak on "Black Holes, Galaxies, and Cosmic Fireworks." Join us at 9:00am at the Green Valley Recreation Center for this interesting topic! The talk is free and open to the public.

Stargazing at Historical Canoa Ranch - Fri., March 16

Join Sonora Astronomical Society volunteers as they set up their telescopes for viewing between 6:00-9:00pm, weather permitting. Be sure to bring a flashlight and lawn chair. Come earlier and take a self-guided tour of the Historical Canoa Ranch. Take I-19 south from Tucson to Canoa Road, exit 56. The address is 5375 I-19 Frontage Rd, Green Valley. All ages are welcome!

Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy - 2018

Join us for the 48th year of this lecture series held on Wednesdays at the Green Valley Recreation Center at 9:00am. Each lecture is 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. All lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for the dates and the list of speakers and their topics. We hope to see you there!

Wed., March 14 - Smithsonian Lectures on Astronomy

This series continues on Wednesday, March 14 with Dr. Emilio Falco of the F.L. Whipple Observatory. The title of his talk is "How Bright is Your Night Sky?" Join us at 9:00am at the Green Valley Recreation Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

March 10&11-MMTO at the Tucson Festival of Books

Stop by and visit us at the Tucson Festival of Books on Sat. & Sun., March 10 & 11! We will have a booth in Science City located on the east portion of the UA mall. Take a virtual tour and also learn more about current research being conducted with our 6.5-m telescope. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stargazing at Historical Canoa Ranch - Feb. 23

F.L. Whipple Observatory brings you Stargazing at Canoa on Friday, Feb. 23. There will be a presentation at 5:30-6:30 by Dr. Gilbert Esquerdo on "The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite." Stargazing will follow from 6:30-8:30pm (weather permitting), courtesy of the Sonora Astronomical Society. The Ranch is located south of Green Valley, following the Canoa Ranch Dr., exit 56, off I-19. A map and more details can be found here.

Wed., February 14 - Smithsonian Lectures on Astronomy

The series continues on Wed., Feb. 14 with Dr. Thomas Fleming of the Univ. of Arizona's Steward Observatory. The title of his talk is "The Birth of Astronomy in Southern Arizona." You won't want to miss it! Join us at 9:00am at the Green Valley Recreation Center. The series is free and open to the public.

Observing Schedule for Jan.-April 2018

The observing schedule for January-April 2018 can be found here, along with Program Titles.

Image from Binospec Commissioning

Check out the beautiful image of the Horsehead Nebula that was obtained with grz filters on the new Binospec instrument during its November commissioning! Image courtesy of D. Fabricant and I. Chilingarian.