Celebrating 25 Years of Astronomy in the Umpqua Valley

Founded in May 1986, after the return of Comet Halley. At first, a handful of astronomy enthusiasts gathered to share a common interest in stargazing. The new club was the only active group in Southern Oregon at that time. Blessed with nearby dark skies, the club emphasized observing and learning the sky. As the club gained new members, community outreach and regular monthly meetings were added. Sidewalk astronomy, Umpqua Valley style, was begun with community star parties in city and county parks. John Dobson was hosted at Wildlife Safari and Umpqua Community College during the time of Comet Shoemaker Levy 9’s impacts on Jupiter. Especially popular community outreach events included viewing of Comet Hale-Bopp and the close opposition of Mars.

The club has slowly grown from five original members to it’s current list of 24 active members and several more semi-active members. Not bad for a small town in a mostly rural county of Southern Oregon. The club has members throughout central Douglas County from Camas Valley, to Oakland, to Myrtle Creek and down to Canyonville and Tiller. The club holds two astronomy community star parties each late spring and early fall with club member star parties in between. Monthly club meetings keep members attuned to the latest news in astronomy, upcoming must see celestial events for the next month, and a wide variety of month programs about telescope making to black holes.


 Paul MorganUA monthly Meeting at DFPA at 6:30 p.m. April 8th
 Paul Morgan Global Star party at Fir Grove Park CANCELLED for Saturday April 5th due to clouds. Stay tuned for more sun and star gazing opportunities.

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