Astronomical Society

About the Longmont Astronomical Society

The Longmont Astronomical Society is a non-profit amateur astronomy club based in Longmont, Colorado. The club was founded in 1987 by people enthused about astronomy and who were looking for an avenue to share their enthusiasm with others of like interest. Since then the club's membership has grown to over 100 (both families and individuals) that embody all levels of experience and interest.  All of the photos at right were taken by members of the club.

Our meetings and star parties are open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.

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Membership in the LAS is open to all people of any age.  We offer Student and Individual Memberships.

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Click to see photos...     May Owl Hollow Excursion     

Many LAS members caught a glimpse of this recent visitor. Several were able to capture images of this amazing comet. Click to here view the collection...

[above: Near Rawlins, WY: Paul Robinson]

LAS Meeting via Zoom: Thursday, August 20th, 7:00 PM

Dark Skies Matter

Deborah Price & Rebecca Dickson

Light pollution is the nemesis of all visible light astronomers, preventing us from seeing the night sky that our ancestors enjoyed. But there are other negative effects; humans need darkness balanced with daylight, and more than 50% of wildlife species depend on darkness to survive. Our presenters for the August 20th virtual meeting of LAS, Deborah Price and Rebecca Dickson, will address the critical importance of dark skies.

Deborah is a Natural History Program Specialist with Boulder County Parks & Open Space; Rebecca, is chair of the Sierra Club-Indian Peaks. In their presentation they will share why dark skies matter, what Boulder County is doing to monitor dark skies in open space and in urban areas, and what we can all do to help preserve darkness now and in the future.

Deborah has coordinated a dark sky monitoring project for Boulder County Parks & Open Space for the past five years. The project is carried out in conjunction with other open space agencies along the Front Range. She is passionate about preserving dark skies, and likes the reminder it provides us that we are part of something much larger.  Deborah also coordinates astronomy programs for Boulder County, and has been a great partner with LAS for star parties.

Rebecca Dickson is the chair of the Sierra Club-Indian Peaks Group in Boulder County.  She works to understand light pollution’s damaging effects on animals, insects, and humans and helps share that information with others. She has put on joint presentations with CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium and the International Dark-Sky Association on the dangers of light pollution and the wonders of a starry night sky.

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The Longmont Astronomical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O.Box 806, Longmont, CO 80502-0806, USA

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