Newsletter Update

No you didn’t miss the January or February newsletters. Due to illnesses, the newsletter was not produced for these two months. We will strive to have a newsletter for March. Thanks for you patience.

Betelgeuse Dimming

It’s been in the news whether Betelgeuse is about (well 650 years ago) to explode. Betelgeuse is a known variable with a range from 0.0 to +1.3. The current dip is more pronounced this time.

Ref: @AAVSO (

Membership Dues Due in January

Also note that membership for individual or family is now $40.00 / year. Membership runs from January to December. The membership form can be found on our website in the right-hand menu.

Holiday Get-Together, Dec 7

Our annual holiday get-together is this Saturday at Shakey’s in Redlands starting at 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. There is a secret Santa gift exchange for those that want to participate.

Nov. 23 – Outreach and Jupiter & Venus Close

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the club will be at Whitewater preserve from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. This is the first time at Whitewater since last winter’s rains washed out the road.

On Sunday Nov. 24, Jupiter and Venus will be 1.4 degrees apart. So at our outreach, the two brightest planets will be close just not their closest.

Observe the Moon – Pioneertown

Oct. 5 is International Observe the Moon night and we will be at Pioneertown for a public star party. Besides the moon, there will be Jupiter and Saturn to observe.

[Cancelled] Weekend Outreach – Oak Glen

The forecast is for rain and cloudy skies. The outreach has been cancelled.

The next SBVAA Public Outreach will be this Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at The Wildlands Conservancy Oak Glen Preserve. Sunset is at 6:37 pm, set up no earlier than 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Viewing will go from 6:30 pm to 11:45 pm.

Come on out for a night of fun under the stars.

Grandview – Trip 2

This weekend, for some starting Thursday, the club is making its second trip to Grandview in the White Mountains near Bishop. We will be camping in the Cedar Flats campground in the Ferguson spot. Hoping for clear weather and dark skies.

Upcoming Events

Public Outreach at the San Bernardino County Museum, Wed. Aug. 7.

Annual Club BBQ at Veterans Freedom Park (Pico Park), Sat. Aug 10.

Live from Chile – July 2 Total Solar Eclipse

Streaming at 1:00 pm PDT on July 2, the Exploratorium travels to the National Science Foundation’s Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile to broadcast the 2019 South American Total Solar Eclipse.

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