Welcome to the official website of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) located in the south central region of Idaho. This website will be a source of information about the club for our members and the public at large.
Founded in 1976, the Magic Valley Astronomical Society is a non-profit [501(c) 3] educational and scientific organization dedicated to bringing together people with an interest in astronomy. The society serves as a source of astronomical phenomena, history and lore by providing educational and observing opportunities and information for its members and the general public and promotes viewing of celestial objects with special events for adults and children in south central Idaho. Since inception, education of members and the public has been the main activity of the organization. We also promote awareness and preservation of the environment and offer opportunities for amateurs to participate in many areas of astronomical research.
Each month we hold educational meetings at the Herrett Center for the Arts and Science (watch for the sign) on the College of Southern Idaho campus. We also assist the Centennial Observatory staff at the Herrett Center with their monthly star parties which are held monthly for the public at no charge. Each meeting features a presentation by members or special guests on some aspect of astronomy. Recent topics have included telescope operation and construction, use of star charts, constellation, planetary nebulae, the moon, cosmology, astrophotography and CCD imaging. There's something for everyone at all levels. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 7:00 p.m. MST. All are welcome.
The menu to the left provides access to many helpful resources, browse through the image gallery or read some of our old newsletters. Interested in observing the night sky in the south central Idaho area? How about a star party? The star party provides a great opportunity to meet other people that share your interest in astronomy to view the planets, moon, stars and other celestial sights through telescopes and binoculars of all sizes. Individuals and families - whether beginners or veteran sky watchers . all are invited to join the Society for an afternoon of solar observing or a night of star gazing. The astronomers will stay up far into the night, as long as there are people there and objects to see. Members and non-members are not required to own any equipment or to have any knowledge of astronomy. Your basic curiosity about astronomy is all you need. Star parties are held at the Centennial Observatory following our monthly meeting; weather permitting. We do ask that you view the information on star parties by following the link on the left.
If you have questions, or would like to know more about the club or any of our activities click on the .contact us. link on the left.
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