Iowa County Astronomers was formed in September, 2006. We are a group of like-minded astronomy enthusiasts that meet monthly to discuss current topics in space science and spend time observing together. All are welcome at our meetings, we have no dues and our only requirement is the ability to look up and say "Wow!" This website will keep you up to date on the latest astronomy happenings in Southwest Wisconsin and meeting times/places/agenda.
We have an email list that we use for announcements and discussion. If you would like to join, visit our Google Group page and click on the join button.
For more information, contact John Wunderlin.
- Club Calendar
Next Meeting Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00pm QLF
Great Wall @5:30
Meet and Greet (10 minutes)
Feb 20: Venus/Moon/Mars conjunction in SW after sunset
Mar 6: Dawn arrives at Ceres
We are now a Facebook Group. You are invited to join us. Our website and google group emails will remain our main way to communicate club news and events.
February Theme: “Romance of Science”
Dr. Jordan Maclay is Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois-Chicago and Chief Scientist and Director of Research at Quantum Fields LLC in Richland County.
After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons or QLF if skies are clear.
"There are no passengers on Spaceship ICAstro. We are all crew."
Meeting dates and times for 2015 (typically the last Friday before new moon)
2015 Planning/Stargazing Stories (Donald)/Comet Lovejoy
"Romance of Science" Dr. Jordan Maclay
25 Years of Hubble
Gov. Dodge Picnic
Pluto/New Horizons (John H.)
Double Stars (Lewis)
Check the current agenda for our observing location. Links to maps for each site are below:
Quality Liquid Feeds - Bethel Horizons - Twin Valley - Cox Amphitheater
Need Help with your Telescope?
We often hear from people who own a telescope and don't know how to use it. If you'd like to learn how to use a telescope, bring your telescope to any of our meetings- we've got lots of experienced people who would be glad to help!
MMSD Planetarium Shows
The MMSD Planetarium offers public shows on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 and 7:45. Click Here for their website.
Astronomy Picture of the Day- Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
The Sky This Week - Weekly astronomy column by David Oesper
UW-Space Place - Space Museum in Madison! Regular presentations and guests, but it's kind of hard to find!
Wisconsin Astronomy - website for planning the International Year of Astronomy for Wisconsin
Ed Ting's Guide to buying a telescope