Virtual Star Party
with Ara Jerahian & The Southern Maine Astronomers Club

Tuesday, November 9*
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
via Zoom
*In the event of cloudy weather, rain date is:
Tuesday, November 16
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an unforgettable virtual star party featuring a presentation of the Southern Maine Astronomers Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) project. The Southern Maine Astronomers club was awarded a grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation in 2021 to develop its EAA project as a way to conduct star parties in a COVID world. This evening’s virtual star party will combine a live tour of the night sky with real-time deep-sky images being captured by specialized equipment – a refractor, camera, mount – all presented with expert narration via Zoom.

For this event, we will tie into Ara Jerahian’s observatory in Cape Elizabeth, where he will capture and share several live, deep-sky images over the course of the evening. Ara will also give us a “cook’s tour” of the process, explaining all the steps he is taking to capture the images. Other guests from the Southern Maine Astronomers will narrate a tour of “What’s Up This Month” in the night sky in between the live objects being photographed. 

As you might guess, viewing the stars (even virtually) can only happen under clear skies. In the event of a cloudy evening on November 9, this event will be postponed until the following week. The rain date is November 16. Now, let’s hope for clear skies!! We look forward to seeing you!

Please register by filling out the form below
and we’ll send you a link to join us!

About Ara Jerahian

Ara Jerahian is one of the Directors and the Secretary of the Southern Maine Astronomers and is actively involved in public outreach, fighting light pollution and preserving our dark Maine skies.



About Southern Maine Astronomers

SMA is a community of interested professional and amateur astronomers, exchanging ideas and information at meetings, through Google Groups and the Night Sky Network. As a member of the International Dark Sky Association and Dark Sky Maine, SMA is actively involved in fighting light pollution and preserving our dark Maine skies.

SMA Club members provide advanced astronomical equipment and mentorship to members, students and the general public interested in astronomy. We also plan for star parties where naked eye, binocular, and telescope viewing take place with the support of trained volunteers.

Also, SMA has partnered with “Cornerstones of Science” and the Library Telescope Program, recently changed to the STAR Program; Sharing Telescopes And Resources. We modify telescopes, provide assistance, hands-on training and mentoring for the staff at participating libraries.

SMA’s monthly meetings feature occasional lectures by experts in astronomy, “what’s up” this month, discussions among members and member presentations.