LAS members provided the slide show images, shown in this orderSolar Prominences by Brian Kimball; North America Nebula by David Elmore; Total eclipse of the Sun by Jim Elkins; Jupiter by Gary Garzone; Messier 51 by Glenn Frank; NGC 6888 by MJ Post; NGC 7000 North America Nebula by Eddie Hunnell; Comet Neowise by Brian Kimball; Sharpless 86 Emission Nebula by MJ Post; Eta Carina by Tally O’Donnell; top of the Heart Nebula by Stephen Garretson

You can see more astrophotography from LAS members in our newsletters.

Longmont Astronomical Society

Tonight's Sky

monthly video of constellations to observe, from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Astro Calendar

What to expect in the sky each night

Click to see photos...May Owl Hollow Excursion     


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2021 Calendar is now available 

The LAS 2021 calendar featuring fabulous astrophotos taken by members of the Longmont Astronomical Society is now available at the LAS Store.

Become a Member!

Membership is open to all people of any age.  We also offer student memberships.

Photo by Paul Robinson; taken Near Rawlins, WY

LAS members took some fifty photos of Neowise.  

Learn more about comets and how to view them in a summary of Paul Robinson's presentation to the LAS.

Care to donate to the LAS?

You can support the telescope fund or the general fund on our Donation page.

Telescope Donation


Students from Frederick High School pose with telescopes donated to their science class. Members of the community had contacted LAS with telescopes to donate. LAS President Stephen Garretson found in the FHS science class a group eager to use them in their astronomy studies. Scott Weitzel donated the scope on the right, a Meade 125 EXT UHTC. George Rebhan donated the one at left, a Meade 323 Refractor.

March Monthly Meeting

via Zoom Thursday, March 18, 7:00 PM


All These Worlds: The Exoplanet Revolution

Dr. Dan Durda, Southwest Research Institute

For generations we've wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Thanks in large part to space missions like Kepler, we now know that we live in a galaxy full of diverse planetary systems. Not only are we detecting planets around thousands of other stars, we are beginning to characterize them as well, revealing the vast stage for the play of life in the Universe.

Dr. Daniel D. Durda is with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience researching asteroids, Vulcanoids, Kuiper belt comets, and interplanetary dust, including airborne astronomical observations from high-performance jet aircraft.  He is an active pilot with time logged in over a dozen types of aircraft and has more than 110 minutes of time conducting experiments on NASA’s zero-gravity KC-135 aircraft. He has co-authored a book, published numerous articles popularizing planetary science and human exploration of space, and has appeared in more than 70 television science documentaries. Dan is an experienced cave diver and participates in underwater cave rescue and recovery missions.

From the February Monthly Meeting

The virtual tour of the Astronomical Lyceum in Magdalena, New Mexico with Dr. John Briggs is still available. To see the presentation Dr. Briggs gave to LAS, click here.

Virtual Star Party Presentation

Dr. Brian Ottum gave a great talk on January 31st about a virtual star party using a remote telescope to view Orion. You can still see his talk on YouTube.

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