Astronomy is looking up!

However we are meeting via Zoom once a month. Come here frequently for links. We remain in contact with the university regarding public use of their facility again.

Next General Meeting- October 8, 2021:

The Memphis Astronomical Society Presents a “Sneak Peak” Screening of “Luminous

a film by Sam Smartt, Calvin University

Mark Your Calendar! Free viewing. Open to the public. Q and A session at end.

October 8, 2021 at 7:00pm Central Time

Click here to register and stream the movie.

Luminous tells the story of the first astronomer in history to publicly predict the near-future explosion of a star – if he’s right, 2022 will see the closest thing to a supernova in the skies of Earth in 400 years, and every school kid in the northern hemisphere will know it.  But the prediction is high risk.  Others in the astronomical community are skeptical, and Larry’s professional reputation hangs in the balance.  Luminous, a feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sam Smartt (Wagonmasters), follows Larry’s journey to test his unprecedented prediction, knowing that its success or failure will unfold squarely in the international spotlight.

Larry Molnar is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI.  He earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1985 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 1985-1988.  Before coming to Calvin, Larry taught at the University of Iowa from 1988-1998.

In many ways, Larry is an unlikely protagonist for this story.  Though brilliant, he is mild-mannered, kind, unassuming, and not a seeker of the limelight.  He believes in intellectual curiosity for its own sake, not in accomplishing great things in order to garner attention.

For the audience, the central dramatic question of the film is clear – “Is Larry right?  Will the star actually explode?”  But, as a scientist Larry sees it differently: “In a sense, I don’t care whether I’m right or not.  What I want to know is the truth.”

October 8, 2021. 7:00 PM CDT
All are invited- Link HERE

Astrophotography Focus Meeting

September 18

Moderator: Ric Honey et. all

Informal discussion about astrophotography. Learners and teachers are always present for everyone to enjoy this great hobby. All are invited.

Zoom link

Village Creek Star Party, Oct 2.  Village Creek State Park, near Wynne, Arkansas

Next Burtons dark sky
observing event:

September 25 at sunset.

Next Shelby Farms park at dark event:
October 16 at sunset (Parking area 5)

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 so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.

Memphis Clear Sky Chart (Click for more info)