August 1, 2020. Copyright ©2020 AAS Sky Publishing LLC. Friends of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society. From time to time, astronomical events such as meteor showers or eclipses will happen and we will open our doors to the public as well. The Night Sky helps you create a personalized custom star map that shows the alignment of the stars on the date and location of your choice. “Staff has worked hard to enhance visitors’ opportunities to experience the wonder of a natural night sky by lowering the park’s use of artificial light at night,” Buffalo National River Superintendent Mark Foust stated in a press release. A clear night sky offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects to see — stars, constellations, and bright planets, often the moon, and sometimes special events like meteor showers. By: Daniel Johnson May 22, 2020. Since these events are often held at the River Ridge Observatory and space is limited a free registration is required. Learn what planets are visible at dusk and dawn right now, what the brightest stars are, and what constellations become prominent as night falls. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses. June 1, 2020. The membership is diverse in every dimension, the one common element being a shared interest in astronomy and science. Along its corridor, you’ll find canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking trails, rock climbing routes, cabin rentals, towering limestone bluffs, quiet pools and whitewater rapids, an elk herd, and historic areas such as the Boxley Valley Historic District, the Parker Hickman Homestead, and the Villines Cabin. Hundreds see fireball light up night sky over Arkansas. Some trails offer views from the top of the limestone bluffs. Everyone loves this cosmic donut. From March to November every year the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will hold public star parties at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Woolly Hollow State Park, the Innovation Hub, and elsewhere. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide. October 21, 2020. The Horsehead / Flame Nebula were taken by Don Walters. Catch them both in the same corner of the sky the next clear night. For example, if you join in the first quarter you pay 100%, second quarter 75%, third quarter 50%, and finally fourth quarter 25%. The Arkansas Natural Sky Association and the National Park Service have been working towards this distinct honor for over two years. Beta The Interactive Night Sky Map simulates the sky above Fayetteville on a date of your choice. Membership is open to the pubic, but membership not required to become involved, which can be done by joining our site. Cossatot Observatory : A private observatory somewhere around Hartley. Both Uranus and the asteroid 8 Flora came to opposition on Halloween. Near Mena Arkansas, dark object in night sky: 2/16/18: 2/8/18 20:30: Mena: AR: Triangle: 30 minutes: Near Mena, Arkansas, dark triangular object in night sky with 3 lights: 2/16/18: 1/29/18 10:29: Farmington: AR: Cylinder: 1 minutes: 2 short cylinders with pulsing contrail. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. Globular cluster season is here. This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. This qualifies you to participate in the League’s many observing programs and receive the League’s quarterly publication, the Reflector. You will join us if you live in or visit the NW Arkansas area, are a student of Kate Auld or are interested in her astronomy projects, AND love what's up in the sky! Geminid Meteor Shower; Perseid Meteor Shower; Tips for Photographing Meteors and Meteor Showers; Meteor Radar; Space Calendar; Visible Sun; What’s that Bright Star? Milky Way illuminates in night sky above Arkansas. The Big Dipper is one of the most familiar sights in the Northern Hemisphere’s night skies. “Buffalo National River would not have been able to achieve this special status without the support of astronomical groups from across Arkansas. All memberships operate on a calendar year and come up for renewal on January 1. Which translates to 6.2 to 6.4 visual magnitude for the unaided eye and puts the RRO under Bortle Class 4 skies. On seven acres under moderately dark skies with an open southern horizon, the observatory has a small classroom facility for meetings, a club-house for conveniences and an observing field with pads for portable scopes. “The Buffalo River area is a destination for experiencing outstanding natural and cultural resources and the natural night sky is an essential element of those resources.”. By: Kelly Beatty November 23, 2020. Sky & Telescope is part of AAS Sky Publishing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Astronomical Society. Capella is the sixth-brightest star in the sky — and it's more than one star! The Buffalo National River is now an International Dark Sky Park, a designation made by the non-profit International Dark-Sky Association.. Our 10-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast guides you to planets, stars, and constellations in the early-summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy. The Association is the recognized authority for night sky protection and works with governments, communities and city planners to help reduce impacts to natural night skies where possible. If you have a set of binoculars or a telescope, watch for Venus’s thinning crescent over the next couple weeks. Not anymore. 2 years ago | 144 views. Check our calendar for our next public night/meeting. Cabins and resorts just outside the park are popular with visitors as well. Follow in her footsteps and see them for yourself. Point your scope at some of these magnificent cosmic whirlpools. Spring skies offer some of the best sights of spiral galaxies. Remember, all you have to do is look up! Arkansas Meteor Showers. “Many of the changes were easy to do and did not cost extra, but it took the insight and work of a dedicated staff and several volunteer groups to recognize what could be done and make the changes,” Foust said. The fellowship of other people who love the night sky. Other treks snake through the woods past remnants of old homesteads and down old logging roads. The Perseids are upon us — and as you're looking out for shooting stars, look for Jupiter and Saturn low in the southeast as soon as night begins to fall. This designation does not restrict or control lighting in local communities or on private property within the park. Overnighting along the Buffalo can be unrolling a sleeping bag on a primitive backpacking adventure, pitching a tent at a NPS campground, or staying in rustic housekeeping cabins constructed in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Buffalo Point. The Partial Solar Eclipse image was taken by Jim Dixon. Custom star maps from The Night Sky have over … Although it has not been made official yet, if granted, this will be the first dark sky … By: Bob King July 1, 2020. October 13, 2020. Membership also provides an opportunity to share your enthusiasm with the public as a volunteer in the State’s most active outreach program. Time to get out your charts, binoculars, and telescopes and enjoy these wondrous objects. July's 11-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast describes what to see in the summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy. Rushing whitewater is interspersed among sections of calmer water as the river wends its way 135 miles through the lush green valley that is home to elk, deer, black bear and other woodland creatures. It is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Even a world as familiar as the Moon offers plenty to explore as you go deeper and revisit at different times during the lunar day. Tall limestone bluffs in earthy hues of gray, tan and brown are defining features of the Buffalo. Mars is big, bright and close as it nears opposition! This May, Find the Star Pattern That Spans All Seasons, Comet SWAN Expected to Put on a Splendid Show, The Big Dipper: Hop to Spring's Sky Sights. {"duration":"1:00","description":"Time-lapse footage showed the galactic display as seen from Mount Magazine State Park. By: Kelly Beatty By: Kelly Beatty An facility of the Arkansas Sky Observatory (ASO) Cherry Hill Observatory : A private observatory near Cherry Hill Junction. The Buffalo National River preserves many pioneer homesteads ranging from the 1840s to the 1930s. The association is affiliated with NASA’s Night Sky Network, is a member of the Astronomical League and the International Dark-Sky Association. September 24, 2020. About once a month this winter, we can watch the Moon take a four-day journey across a field of stars termed the "Winter Hexagon." May 14, 2020. Since then, Buffalo National River has been working toward reducing its light footprint by installing light bulbs that are more efficient and exterior light fixtures that point light directly downward.