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at Explorit

The Astronomy Club has been a part of Explorit Science Center since 1987.
It has no dues and anyone can join. Our members range in knowledge of astronomy from pre-school to post-doctorate.

Several evenings a year the Davis Astronomy Club meets at Explorit on 5th Street, to discuss astronomy topics of continuing interest,  or to prepare for important celestial events. Special observation sessions for such events as eclipses and meteor showers are held where members are encouraged to bring their scopes.

To become a member or for more information contact Vinita Domier at

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What Does this Club Offer You?

If you have always been fascinated by the heavens or the exploration of outer space but haven't known how to start your own astronomical journey--this is the club for you. We have shown many aspiring stargazers their ‘first’ constellation, their ‘first’ double star, where the planets are and how to use a telescope. We can help you decide on the best binoculars, telescopes, computer programs and star atlases, and help you decide what you need and (more importantly don’t need) to enjoy and discover the cosmos. This club can be your ‘training wheels’ so you can finally begin exploring the universe at your own speed and in your own direction. We can even show you how your observations can be used for scientific research, if that is your goal. In short, this club aims to be a friendly ‘launch pad’ for your personal exploration of astronomy.

The Astronomy Club not only benefits its members, but the larger goals of Explorit as well.  Working with school teachers and youth groups such as the Scouts and Campfire, the club has introduced hundreds--if not thousands--to the cosmos. Helping others to observe, communicate, reason, organize, and relate information about the sun, moon, planets and stars brings many rewards for Club volunteers. Among these rewards are: finding new friends, learning the theories, facts and processes of science, and discovering new perspectives on ourselves and the cosmos.

For more current information, please contact Vinita Domier at

International Observe the Moon Event

International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday October 21

by Vinita Domier (

NASA Solar System Ambassador

The Davis Astronomy Club will be hosting a special meeting on the evening of Saturday, October 21 to observe NASA-sponsored International Observe the Moon Night starting at 6:30pm in front of the Explorit Science Center (3141 5th Street, Davis). All ages are welcome to this free outdoor annual event where we will observe the first-quarter Moon, planets Saturn and Jupiter, and the stars.

International Observe the Moon Night reminds us to appreciate the beauty, grandeur, and importance of Earth's sole satellite. The event is held on the Saturday closest to the first first-quarter phase of the Moon in the fall, when the Moon is ideal for evening observing as it is overhead at sunset and sets around midnight. More information about the event and moon activities for all ages can be found at the following link:

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