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Lunar Eclipse Party at Observatory Saturday November 8 2003

A total eclipse of the Moon will occur this Saturday November 8th beginning at 6:32 PM. Morgan County Observatory Foundation will host an Eclipse watch and party Saturday evening from 6:30PM until 11 PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Telescopes will be set up for the public to view the night sky and the observatory will also be open for public viewing. Refreshments will be available, including the popular 'Eclipse Cookies'. Educational information on eclipses, hands on astronomy exhibits, and a short NASA/JPL movie will be shown. Come out to see the observatory and enjoy this natural wonder of the heavens with MCOF experts to guide you.

A total Lunar eclipse occurs only during a Full Moon when the earth directly blocks out the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. The Moon will begin passing through the Earth's outer shadow or 'penumbra' at 5:15PM, but will produce only a slight lessening of the moon's light. At 6:32PM the moon will begin to enter the earth's inner shadow, the 'umbra' and a dramatic dark crescent shadow will begin moving across the face of the moon until the moon is totally dark at 8:06PM. Totality will last until 8:31PM when the moon begins to reappear, moving out of the earth's shadow. The moon will be free of the umbra at 10:05PM, and be completely free of the penumbra by 11:22PM. During totality, while the moon is completely in the earth's shadow, it can take on beautiful and ominous deep red, orange, and yellow hues. MCOF encourages everyone to go out and get a look at the eclipse from wherever you may be Saturday night.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Tom Collins, Wayne & Marie Welch, Robert & Sally Robb, Spare Time Hobby & Crafts, Giselle Aoussat and Van Pell. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday November 14th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party November 21st 7:00PM. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday October 24

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening October 24th at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Still close to Earth, Mars is the brightest object in the night sky except for the moon. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

The winner of the Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope raffled off at the Apple Butter Festival was William Knowles-Kellett from PA, who purchased the lucky ticket at the Library before festival weekend. The MCOF Apple Butter Booth was very popular with raffle, face painting, star maps and more available. The Foundation is grateful for the generously donated time & face painting talent of Yvette Boles, Jason Kelly, Kaylee McClure, Wendy Golden, Jeanaleah Harman, Jennifer Kelly and other local youth who volunteered to help.

Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The first ever class in Observational Astronomy held at the observatory began last Thursday October 16 and runs from 6:30 to 8:30PM for the next 5 weeks. The class covers finding your way around the night sky, constellations, telescopes, firsthand viewing and other topics in astronomy. Seats are still available, to sign up call Gale Eddy at 258-2430. Cost is $25 for the entire 6 week course. Middle School students and home schoolers grade 6-8 are encouraged to attend the Afterschool Astronomy/Rocketry club Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00PM at WSMS sponsored by the Observatory Foundation.

Ed Connors from Ripley, WV recently visited the observatory and worked on collimating the mirrors of the telescope to improve the focus at high resolutions. Bob Madison of Advanced Refrigeration installed the heat pump donated by Morgan County Schools. Dennis Beddow of Beddow Drywall has finished drywall installation. Larry Barkdoll donated downspout & installation on the south wall of the observatory. Darlene Leaf of Mountain View Nursery donated plants for landscaping. Jack Sorenon and Brice Williams installed electrical outlets. Giselle Aoussat has donated painting services for the interior of the facility.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Dave & Barbara Fye, Billie Jo Rowland, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Duke & Doris Shepard, Bob Madison, Ed Connors, Larry Barkdoll, Joe Pirrone, Ray Goodman, Mark Hyman, Rose C. & Allen T. Pierce, and Giselle Aoussat. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday November 14th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Dr. John Mather, NASA's project director on the next generation space telescope, will be coming to Greenwood School to give a talk on "James C. Webb Space Telescope and First Galaxies" Saturday November 8th 9PM. There will also be a Total Lunar Eclipse party and viewing at the observatory beginning at 7PM that evening.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party November 21st 7:00PM. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Observatory Open House Saturday October 11

MCOF will hold a public Star Party and Open House on Saturday night October 11th at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Still close to Earth, Mars is the brightest object in the night sky except for the moon. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many celestial objects will be visible with the almost full Moon being especially prominent. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are still available for chances to win an Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope to be given away at the Apple Butter Festival during MCOF's annual telescope raffle. The actual prize telescope is on display and tickets are available at Morgan County Public Library downtown until the Festival. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

Come see the Foundation's Apple Butter booth for more information on the observatory, and to participate in our interactive astronomy games. Last chance to buy tickets on the raffle telescope will be at the Festival with drawing to be held at 3:30 Sunday in Berkeley Springs State Park. Kids will enjoy face painting by local talent.

The first ever class in Observational Astronomy will be held at the observatory beginning Thursday October 16 from 6:30 to 8:30. The class will cover finding your way around the night sky, constellations, telescopes, firsthand viewing and other topics in astronomy. Seating is limited, to sign up call Gale Eddy at 258-2430. Cost is $25 for the 6 week course..

Ed Connors from Ripley, WV recently visited the observatory and worked on collimating the mirrors of the telescope to improve the focus at high resolutions. Bob Madison of Advanced Refrigeration installed the heat pump donated by Morgan County Schools. Dennis Beddow of Beddow Drywall is finishing drywall installation. Larry Barkdoll donated downspout & installation on the south wall of the observatory. Darlene Leaf of Mountain View Nursery donated plants for landscaping. Giselle Aoussat will be painting the interior of the facility soon.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Billie Jo Rowland, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Duke & Doris Shepard, Bob Madison, Ed Connors, Larry Barkdoll, Joe Pirrone, Ray Goodman and Giselle Aoussat. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. For another chance a viewing Mars, the next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday October 17th 8:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Dr. John Mather, NASA's project director on the next generation space telescope, will be coming to Greenwood School to give a talk on "James C. Webb Space Telescope and First Galaxies" Saturday November 8th 9PM. There will also be a Total Lunar Eclipse party and viewing at the observatory beginning at 7PM that evening.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party October 24th 7:00PM and Member's only viewing October 17th . To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Mars Still prominent for Star Party September 26th

MCOF will hold a public Star Party on Friday night September 26th at 8:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the case of overcast skies or rain this event will be rescheduled for Saturday. Still very close to Earth, Mars is especially beautiful, rising just before sunset in the southeastern sky and everyone should come and see the polar ice cap and interior details visible through the observatory telescope. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the Ring nebula, M13 cluster in Hercules, double stars and much more. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are now available for chances to win an Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope to be given away at the Apple Butter Festival during MCOF's annual telescope raffle. The actual prize telescope is on display and tickets are available at Morgan County Public Library downtown. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Morgan County Board of Education will be donating a heat pump to provide heating and air conditioning in the observatory. Kathryn Truitt of Shadow Valley Farms and Darlene Leaf of Mountain View Nursery donated many perennials planted around the observatory Sept 10th at the United Way Day of Caring.

The Foundation would also like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: L. A. Hotaling & P. A. Miller, Dave & Pat Wilson, Marc & Laura Petitpierre Family, Richard & Marjorie Copeland, Barbara Wheeler, Suzan Howell, Roy Gordon, Robert & Doris Hughes, Richard Armstrong, Stacy Lindberg, Gerald & Laura Chaskes, Frank Weichold, Christine Hohmann, Dale Wurster, Seventh Day Adventist Church & School, the United Way of Berkeley & Morgan Counties, Elaine Bloomfield & J. Timothy Sprehe, Samuel C. Yahres, Martha Breakall, and Mary Lou Trump. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. For another chance a viewing Mars, the next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday September 19th 8:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Volunteers are needed to help out for face painting and manning our Apple Butter booth, painting the interior of the observatory, and helping out at MCOF events. Dr. John Mather, NASA's project director on the next generation space telescope, will be coming to Greenwood School to give a talk on "James C. Webb Space Telescope and First Galaxies" Saturday November 8th 9PM. There will also be a Total Lunar Eclipse party and viewing at the observatory beginning at 7PM that evening.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Upcoming events at the observatory include a booth at the Apple Butter Festival October 11th & 12th with an Open House at the Observatory each evening beginning at 7:30PM, a Public Star Party October 24th 7:30PM and Member's only viewing October 17th . To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Mars Viewing Party at Observatory Friday August 29

MCOF will hold a public Star Party on Friday night August 29th at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Now closer to Earth than ever before in recorded history, Mars is especially beautiful when it rises after 10:00PM and everyone should come and see the polar ice cap and interior details visible through the observatory telescope. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the Ring nebula, M13 cluster in Hercules, double stars and much more. Refreshments will be served.

The National Science Foundation will be donating 10 computers with monitors, 4 laser printers and a scanner as part of their used equipment distribution program. These computers will be helpful in the observatory for a wide array of educational uses, including looking up current positions of celestial objects, Internet research on astronomy and viewing of digital images from the telescope.

Tickets are now available for chances to win an Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope to be given away at the Apple Butter Festival during MCOF's annual telescope raffle. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. A short movie from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and a slide show on the history of the observatory project will be shown. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Pat Hickok and the DC MG Car Club, The Town of Bath, Kathy Beck, Margaret Zembower, Leroy & Iva Pritchett, Eric Fromm, Melanie Harman, Steve & Michelle Dellapetria, Barb Herrman and Dave & Mary Hansen . Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. For another chance a viewing Mars, the next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday August 22nd 9:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Co/p>me out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party September 26th 8:30PM and Member's only viewing September 19th. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Stargazing Party at Observatory Friday August 1

MCOF will hold a public Star Party on Friday night August 1st at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the Ring nebula, Andromeda galaxy, M13 cluster in Hercules, double stars and much more. Now closer to Earth than ever before in recorded history, Mars is especially beautiful when it rises after 11:30PM and everyone should come and see the polar ice cap and interior details visible through the observatory telescope. Refreshments will be served.

Open House Saturday night & Fair Booth all weekend

If you can't make it Friday, you have a second chance to visit the observatory on Saturday August 2nd for an open house beginning at 8:30PM. Don't miss our booth at the Morgan County Fair at Widmyer Elementary Saturday & Sunday August 2nd & 3rd all day long. Also at the Fair we will be giving presentations at 1:00PM Saturday on "Using your new telescope" and 4:00PM Sunday on "History of the Morgan County observatory project with highlights of the Summer skies at both shows. Tickets are now available for chances to win an Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope to be given away at the Apple Butter Festival during MCOF's annual telescope raffle. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. A short movie from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will be shown. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Dr. Ben Zellner, Harry Street, Jackie & Alton Clark, Mark Goodrich, John & Janice Bausch, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Brice Williams, and Larry Barkdoll, Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday August 22nd 9:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party August 29th 8:30PM and Member's only viewing August 22nd . To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@intrepid.net.

Public Star Party at Woodmont property July 25th

There will be a Public Star Party hosted jointly by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Morgan County Observatory Foundation this Friday evening July 25th beginning at 8:30 PM at the entrance to the old Woodmont Hunt club west of Hancock, MD. Directions from Hancock: take Rt 144 West (Main Street) to Woodmont Rd, turn left and travel about 5 miles to the gravel lot on the left before the entrance to Woodmont. Use low lights around the telescopes, please! MCOF will have telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you through the night skies while MD DNR will be providing refreshments and bathroom facilities. MCOF will have an information table on the Morgan County Observatory project and other items of astronomical interest.

This is an exceptionally dark sky site with good horizons for viewing, so come on out and bring your telescope if you have one. Mars is beautiful due to its historically closest proximity in 60,000 years. You should be able to view the polar ice cap when it rises after 11 PM. Other celestial objects visible that evening will be the Andromeda galaxy, Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae in Sagitarius, the ring nebula in Lyra and much more.

Come out and meet the ranger from the DNR and learn more about the night skies. MCOF's informative summer newsletter will be available, as well as memberships. The annual telescope raffle has begun with chances available on an Orion 90mm EQ refractor to be given away at the Apple Butter Festival. The next public star party will be held at the observatory Friday August 1st at 8:30 PM, with an open house at the observatory the following night August 2nd beginning at 8PM. Please visit our booth at the Morgan County Fair at Widmyer elementary August 2nd & 3rd, and contact me to sign up to help us out there.

Public Stargazing Party at Observatory Friday July 4

MCOF will hold a public Star Party on Friday night July 4th 9:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the planet Jupiter, the Ring nebula, Andromeda galaxy, double stars and much more.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. A short movie on the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will be shown. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Dave & Barbara Fye, Bert Muti, Ansel & Kathern Gere, Charles Braun, Luke Christie, Morgan County Retired Teachers Association, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County, and the Town of Bath, Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday July 25th 9:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. In the event of rain or mostly overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday night July 5th. Upcoming events include an Indoor Star Show July 19th 7PM at the Ice House, Public Star Parties at the observatory August 1st and 29th, Exhibit and lectures at the Morgan County Fair August 2nd and 3rd. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@intrepid.net.

Lunar Eclipse Party Thursday night May 15, 2003

MCOF will hold a special Eclipse Party Thursday night May 15th beginning at 9:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Amateur astronomers will be on hand to celebrate the total lunar eclipse occurring that evening. There will be a stargazing party during the eclipse with telescopes setup for the public to look through. Educational exhibits and information on the eclipse will be on hand. A video on eclipses will be shown. Refreshments will be served, including "eclipse cookies" and door prizes will be given away. Come see the eclipsed moon through the county's 16" Cassegrain telescope and be amazed.

The eclipse will begin at 9:05 PM when the earth's outer shadow, the 'penumbra' begins to cross the moon's surface and viewers will notice a slight dimming of the moon's light. Total lunar eclipses only occur during the Full moon when the moon is exactly opposite the sun in it's orbit around the earth. At 10:03 PM the earth's inner shadow, the 'umbra' will begin to cross the moon and you will notice an ever increasing crescent of the moon getting dark. Totality will occur between 11:14 and 12:06 while the moon is completely within the earth's shadow. During totality, the moon is lit only by reflected light from earth and can take on striking deep red or orange glows depending on composition of dust in the earth's atmosphere. At 12:06, the moon will begin to leave the umbra and the full moon will return at 1:17, slightly dimmed by the penumbra and the eclipse will be over at 2:15AM.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Bert Muti and Bill Lands. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Upcoming events include a Public Star Party at the observatory May 30th. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@intrepid.net.

MCOF Public Stargazing Party Friday night, May 2, 2003

MCOF will hold a public Star Party on Friday night May 2nd 8:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the planets Jupiter and ringed Saturn, the Orion nebula, Beehive Cluster, double stars and much more. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peak through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

Many members and visitors were treated to a presentation and discussion on the upcoming total lunar eclipse given by John Menke. He illuminated the subject of solar and lunar occultation mechanics and history for all present. After the show, he donated a TV camera that will fit into the eyepiece of the telescope at the observatory. This will allow visitors to the observatory to view objects the telescope is pointed at on a TV monitor donated by another attendee or a computer screen. Images will also be able to be recorded on a VCR or to a computer graphics capture device. MCOF will be holding a special Eclipse Party at the observatory to view the lunar eclipse on May 15th beginning at 9PM.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Kathern & Ansel Gere, Warren Hart, Glessner Communications, and John Menke of Menke Scientific (http://www.menkescientific.com). Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday May 23rd 8:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. In the event of rain or mostly overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday night May 3rd. Upcoming events include Public Star Parties at the observatory May 30th, a special Eclipse party May 15th at 9PM at the Observatory, and Foundation General Meeting and elections to the Board of Directors May 17th 10AM at MC Public Library. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@intrepid.net.

MCOF Public Stargazing Party Friday night, April 4, 2003

The Morgan County Observatory Foundation will hold a public Star Party on Friday night April 4th 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. Many wonderful celestial objects will be visible including the planets Jupiter and ringed Saturn, the Orion nebula, Andromeda galaxy, double stars and much more. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a sneak peak through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

National Dark-Sky week runs from April 1st through the 8th with the goal that people will turn off their outdoor lighting to enhance the dark skies for everyone to view the heavens. More information is available at http://www.nationaldarkskyweek.htmlplanet.com . Morgan County is blessed with exceptionally dark skies and this is a community resource we all should cherish and protect. This week we encourage everyone to enjoy them by going outside and looking up to enjoy the night sky. Learning the constellations, observing the planets and wondering about the stars and Milky Way are the most basic of human experiences and should be discovered by all. MCOF is a member of the International Dark-Sky Association which encourages environmentally friendly lighting through use of shields to keep lights directed downward, motion sensors & timers to shut off lights when not needed, and eliminating use of high glare and unnecessary lighting. Their website is at http://www.darksky.org .

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Duke & Doris Shepard, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County, Vance Wilson and Jay Beckham. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The first 'Members Only' night will be held Friday March 28th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. In the event of rain or mostly overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday night April 5th. Upcoming events include Public Star Parties at the observatory May 2nd and 30th, Members only night April 18th and May 23rd and Indoor Star Show quarterly lecture series at the Ice House April 26th on the Hubble Space Telescope. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@intrepid.net.

MCOF Public Stargazing Party Friday night, Feb. 28, 2003

Everyone is invited as the Morgan County Observatory Foundation is hosting a public stargazing party this Friday evening, February 28th from 7 til 9:30PM at Greenwood Elementary School site of our county's beautiful observatory. Amateur astronomers from the Foundation will be present to assist you in exploring the night sky through the many fine telescopes that will be on hand. Many magnificent celestial objects will be visible including the Jupiter, Saturn and it's rings, the Orion nebula, double stars, and galaxies. Come down to the observatory facility at the south end of the Greenwood property and see our county's telescope.

Displays and hands-on activities will be present and refreshments will be served. Information will be on hand about the observatory project and how you can help support efforts to complete construction of the county's public observatory to house the donated 16" Cassegrain telescope from the US Naval Academy. Memberships in the Foundation will be available, with benefits including: Collector's edition MCOF Calendar, exclusive Member's nights at the Observatory, Quarterly Newsletter and notifications of all events.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Pat & Beth Nolan, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County, and the Moose Lodge. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. In the event of rain or mostly overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday night March 1st. Upcoming events include Public Star Parties at the observatory April 4th , Members only night March 28th and April 18th and Indoor Star Show at the Ice House April 26th on the Hubble Space Telescope. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013 or email at dynsol@intrepid.net.

MCOF Public Stargazing Party Friday night, Jan. 31, 2003

Everyone is invited as the Morgan County Observatory Foundation is hosting a public stargazing party this Friday evening, January 31st from 6:30 till 9:30PM at Greenwood Elementary School site of our county's beautiful observatory. Amateur astronomers from the Foundation will be present to assist you in exploring the night sky through the many fine telescopes that will be on hand. Many magnificent celestial objects will be visible including the Jupiter, Saturn and it's rings, the Orion nebula, double stars, and galaxies. Come down to the observatory facility at the south end of the Greenwood property and see our county's telescope.

Displays and hands-on activities will be present and refreshments will be served. Information will be on hand about the observatory project and how you can help support efforts to complete construction of the county's public observatory to house the donated 16" Cassegrain telescope from the US Naval Academy. Memberships in the Foundation will be available, with benefits including: Collector's edition MCOF Calendar, exclusive Member's nights at the Observatory, Quarterly Newsletter and notifications of all events.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Evan & Lois Reichard, Jeff Pope, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Brice Williams and DME Consulting. Thanks also to Mark Klosinski, NASA/JPL's Solar System Ambassador and all who came out to hear his presentation on Europa the Watery Moon given at the Ice House on Saturday night. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. Thanks to Johnna Armstrong and Patuxent Software for their excellent work donated to update the website.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. In the event of rain or mostly overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday night February 1st Upcoming events include Public Star Parties at the observatory February 28th and Members only night February 21st . To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left.

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