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Upcoming Activities of the

Plus Honey Creek and Sachtleben Observatories, and the UNK Planetarium

(Directions to these observatories can be found below on this page)

Planetarium shows at UNK continue. More info on the planetarium and other shows can be found here.

October 5th, 2019 - International Observe The Moon Night! at the parking lot of Amundson Medical Hypnotherapy (directions linked).  The PVAO will offer viewing of the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and perhaps Neptune through several telescopes!  Activities for kids will also be offered.  This event will occur if it's clear or cloudy (except if it's raining).  Please call 308-380-0854 or 308-390-3276 to RSVP.  Kids activites will be limited to the first 100 RSVPs, but anyone can come and view through the scopes and ask questions.

October 5th, 2019 - Public viewing at Sachtleben Observatory at 8:30 PM.  Directions and information are below.

October 6th, 2019 - Public viewing at Honey Creek Observatory north of O'Neill Nebraska at 8:00 PM.  More information and directions can be found above at the link in the main menu.

October 19th, 2019 - Viewing at Sachtleben Observatory at 8:30 PM.  Directions and information are below.

October 24th, 2019 - General meeting of the PVAO 7:30 at Amundson Medical Hypnotherapy in Grand Island (info below) or Bob Wenzl's new observatory in south Grand Island if it is completed.  We'll spend a little time looking as some photo apps and view an astronomical video. All are welcome!  Membership is free! Updates will occur soon.

October 25th, 2019 - Public viewing at Honey Creek Observatory north of O'Neill Nebraska at 7:30 PM.  More information and directions can be found above at the link in the main menu.


General meetings of the PVAO are now being held at the Amundson Medical Hypnotherapy, 2604 St Patrick Ave #6,  Grand Island Nebraska at 7:30 PM on the 4th Thursday of the month.  An alternate location for meetings is the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary south of Gibbon Nebraska.  Click here for directions.  The public is welcome!  Heck, membership is free!

Good Luck Dan and Tracy!

It's with a heavy heart to announce the departure of Dan and Tracy Glomski from our group.  They are co-founders of the group!  They are moving to Midland Michigan. They will still be active with us "at large" and they promise to come back a couple of times a year to visit.  We are also fortunate to have some new members over the last few weeks - Tyler Goosic, Brandon Warner, and Deb and Rod Kelso.  We could always use more!  The founders of this group were determined to share the science of astronomy with anyone of any age who wanted to explore it.  I hope we see a few of the many people we met at outreaches this summer and help them enjoy this wonderful hobby!

Seven Hills Observatory - Now Honey Creek Observatory - Has Moved!

After over 20 years in Kearney, the observatory has moved to a location north of O'Neill Nebraska.  It was wonderful serving the Kearney area and it is greatly missed!  The building is now finished.  We have resumed our practice of introducing the universe of astronomy to students and members of the public in the O'Neill area!  If you would like to come visit, check out our web page at this Link .

Important News For Potential New Members!

At the August 2014 general meeting of the PVAO a discussion was held on the topic of what we could do to increase membership.  The idea was put forth to make membership to our club free of charge! We have sufficient funds to maintain club activities for the time being. The group decided this was a good thing to do and the idea was unanimously agreed upon.  Here's how it will work.  Some of the perks we have previously offered on the membership page will have to be dropped, but all a potential new member has to do is come to a meeting and say you want to join - and you're in!  We'll give you a card and you can start bragging about your membership! We may have to put a "hat" out on occasion to restore our "kitty", but we'll make it work.  How's that?  Now - Join us!

Check out Nasa's Space Place at this link:

Play and learn

Simple and fun learning activities to share with children.

Clues from Ancient Light--With the GALEX space telescope, astronomers know the age of a sources light by its degree of red shift. In this learning-by-analogy activity, kids arrange pictures of familiar objects by judging which is older.

Paint by Pixels--Make a picture using a technique similar to that used by many NASA spacecraft to record and send pictures back to Earth.

Make your own 2-D Flying Nanosat!

Make a Robo-Puzzle . . . Then Just Try to Solve It!


Telescope Primer On-Line!

Jay Rasmussen has created a telescope primer.  Its highly suggested reading for anyone interested in information on buying their first telescope.  Click on the link below!  If after reading this you have further questions, please contact us!  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader available free from

Telescope Primer

Directions to the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center (Club Alternate Meeting Site)

Exit I-80 at Gibbon Nebraska and turn south.  Keep going until you cross both channels of the Platte River - this is a couple of miles.  Just after passing the main channel bridge, you will see a dirt road which goes east - Elm Island Road.  Go past it!  The next road to the south will again be Elm Island Road.  This time it only goes west - you will also see the Audubon sign.  Take this one west!  Take this road west until it turns south - a couple miles.  Right at the turn to the south you will see the Audubon Center on the north side.  You are there!  You can reach the center by phone at (308) 468-5282.  Here is a Goggle Maps link so you can see where you're going:    Web page link Here.

 The Sachtleben Observatory In Hastings Nebraska

The facility is located on Wabash Avenue three miles south of U.S. Highway 6. The Wabash Avenue turnoff is about one mile east of the Hwy 6/Hwy 281 intersection and is marked with signs to the observatory. If you're coming into Hastings from the north on 281, just go through town and take a left when you reach Hwy 6. The observatory is found on the left side of the street exactly three miles south of Hwy 6, just before the pavement ends. If you hit gravel road, you've gone too far!  Click the observatory photo to go the observatory's webpage complete with schedule, contact info, and maps.

Here is a link to an Adobe Acrobat file showing how to get to the club observing site in Grand Island:

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