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We offer the Rogue Valley community many fun events and learning experiences for all ages!

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  • What: Star Party
  • Where: Valley of the Rogue State Park
  • Date: July 11, 2015
  • Time: Dusk

The Grants Pass Astronomers once again invite all of us to a Star Party, starting at dusk at the Valley of the Rogue State Park. Bring your scope(s) and kids and enjoy an evening with fellow observers and the public. If anyone is at the Ranger Kiosk, just tell them you're with the Star Party, and there will be no charge.

Join retired JPL astronomer Terry Martin for a talk about some of NASA's current missions. Pluto and Ceres are two dwarf planets being visited by spacecraft this year.

Pluto is getting closer by the day as the New Horizons spacecraft, which left Earth faster than any other vehicle, at 36,000 mph, is approaching the planet for a close encounter on July 14th. Ceres was visited in a more leisurely fashion by the Dawn spacecraft, which uses a very gentle ion thruster and the philosophy ‘slow and steady gets it done’. Both of these missions are refining what we know about our smaller planetary cousins.

Please plan to join us at Science Works Thursday, July 16th from 6:30 to 8pm for this special event.

The Southern Oregon Skywatchers website has an Image Gallery for display of members' astro images. If you have an image you'd like shown on the website, please email the image with a description of it and how it was taken.

We ask our members for $20.00 in dues each year to help us pay for our operating expenses (e.g., liability insurance) which make our activities possible. We cannot operate without membership support!

If your membership hasn't been paid this year, and you would like to renew it, please bring in your dues to the next star party or club meeting.

If you aren't a member and would like to support the club by becoming a member, please fill out the membership application form and bring it and $20.00 to the next star party or club meeting. Click here to learn more about the benefits of being an S.O.S. member!

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