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The MEMPHIS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY meets monthly, usually on the first Friday evening of the month. We also broadcast our live meetings via Zoom for our remote audience.

February 3rd M.A.S. Meeting (Zoom Only):

What are Star Parties and Why Should I attend?

Zoom Only. 7PM CST
(Rhodes College canceled due to weather)

Speaker: Molly Wakeling, Astrophotographer, AAVSO, TAIC & Astronomy Magazine Contributing Editor

What are star parties, and why should you go to one? Astrophotographer & Astronomy Magazine Contributing Editor Molly Wakeling will talk about what happens at star parties, star party etiquette, how to prepare for one and what kind of gear you should bring, and tell some stories of star parties and solar eclipse expeditions she’s attended.

Bio: Molly Wakeling (AstronoMolly) got into astrophotography in July 2015 after receiving her first telescope as a gift.  Much trial and error later, she now has four astrophotography rigs set up in her backyard in Dayton, OH, including one dedicated to variable star and exoplanet transit observations.  She recently joined Astronomy Magazine as a Contributing Editor, taking on the “Observing Basics” column long-written by Glenn Chaple.  Molly is actively involved in STEM outreach, having accrued more than 160 hours of volunteer activities reaching over 50,000 people – in-person and virtually.  She is an AAVSO Ambassador (American Association of Variable Star Observers) and Explore Alliance Ambassador, and is a panelist and broadcaster on The Astro Imaging Channel YouTube show.  Molly is currently pursuing her PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

Click here for Zoom Link.


Next Astrophotography Focus Meeting

February 15, 2023 @ 7:00pm

Moderator: Merrel Miller et al

Meeting link


Jan 26: Star Party for E E Jeter school


Feb 4: Observing at Pinecrest Camp for Stargazer’s U-Nite

See Calendar for more
observing events


The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953.

We offer

  • Telescope tips
  • Astronomy programs
  • Physics programs
  • Hands on telescope training
  • Astronomy telescope videos
  • Dark sky observing
  • Astronomy equipment help guides

The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to do so. We will be sure you receive a receipt for your records.

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