Irene Worthington Baron

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Affiliate of the NASA Night Sky Network

If the event is cancelled it will be posted here.
Events are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday evening of each month at sunset. Outdoor events are on the OUZ campus at the Rogge Pavilion. We use the adjacent 17 ½” Lewis Newtonian Telescope in the Lewis Observatory located at the north end of the university parking lot. Workshop events are held in the OUZ Campus Center, room 409. For your GPS, use the address of 1425  Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Members and guests bring their passion for astronomy to our events, the destination for persons wanting to exchange ideas and learn more about astronomy. When skies are cloudy, attendees meet in the pavilion to talk astronomy. We try to create the best astronomy learning experiences available in our area with our workshops and observations. Members and guests from the public are welcome to come observe the wonders of the night sky with us, free of charge.

WANT TO JOIN? Email:  with your request. Include your name, address, email address and telephone number. You will receive a monthly update for all events.

12 JANUARY 2019 EVENT:  EYES ON THE UNIVERSE has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

A 1-hour workshop is being planned for February to begin at 5:00 PM in room 409 of the Campus Center on the Ohio University Zanesville campus. Signs will be posted to direct you to the room. More information will be posted here later.

Telescope observations from the Lewis Telescope will begin at 6:00 pm.
You do not have to have a telescope to attend. Telescope owners are invited to bring and share your views with participants. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. 

January astronomy events:
3-4 January: Quadrantids Meteor Shower. Astronomers suggest you’ll see about 40 meteors per hour late on the 3rd and right after midnight on the 4th. These particulates are believed to be debris from extinct comet EH1.

6 January: This is a great time to view Venus. It is at the highest point in the east before sunrise.

21 January: This Full Moon is called the Supermoon because it was closer and appeared slightly larger.. American Indians called it the Full Wolf Moon for hungry wolves would howl often at that time of year. It was also given names of Old Moon and Moon After Yule. There will be three supermoons in 2019.

22 January. A conjunction occurs when two objects appear to meet in the sky. Venus and Jupiter will be close to one another just before sunrise in the eastern sky.

21 January: A total lunar eclipse will occur. It will begin Sunday, 20 January at 9:36 pm. The Moon will be totally eclipsed as it moves into the Earth’s shadow at 12:12 am. The eclipse will end on Monday, 21 January at 2:48 am, lasting 5 hours and 12 minutes. Use this URL address to watch what happens as the Moon passes into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow:

The NASA lunar eclipse page is at:

Please share this information and URL link with family and friends who may be interested in learning more about astronomy.
Under Astronomy, click on the picture page to see recent images or click on paparazzi photos. Those from November have not been posted yet.

The November workshop at the John McIntire Public Library about the winter constellations was well received. The images are Irene baron at beginning, the Tshirt door prize, and some of the audience.
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An earlier presentation at the public library using the NASA Night Sky Network kit, "Glass & Mirrors - An Inside Look At Telescopes," was well received. The images below show presenter Chuck Bruckelmeyer discussing his Dobsonian telescope with a few of the participants. The picture to the right is Astronomy Club member, Greg, creating a refracting telescope model using two convex lenses. The lenses had to be adjusted by each viewer to create clear magnification of a distant object.










 The table top-Black,Tabletop=Celestron-telescope-available-for-loanCelestron telescope with clock drive, donated by club member Carl Matesich of Newark, may be borrowed for home use by club members for 1-2 months at a time. It will be on loan until May and available for another user at our May meeting.. If you wish to borrow that telescope in 2018 for a month or two, arrange to schedule the time with Irene ( ) That telescope is easy to carry and is supplied with a variety of lenses. When you see Carl, thank him for the donation. The telescope is pictured to the left.

The 11-inch Celestron telescope donated by Dr. Hudnell Lewis is available for our use.

If you see Mr. Freeman, Director of Facilities Management & Campus Safety, thank him and his staff for their support to our organization. Since his arrival at OUZ, he has ensured our site is the darkest it has ever been during meetings and night sky observations. He has also provided safe storage for the Celestron telescope.
Thanks also to the Leonard Hayhurst and the Zanesville Times Recorder staff for adding our monthly event in their newspaper. The NASA Night Sky Network and the Zanesville Astronomy Club appreciate the TR continued support in our community outreach efforts.    

Check out this NASA map for the 8 April 2024 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. Most members of our club will live within 60-miles of totality! 2024-OHIO-MAP-FOR-TOTAL-SOLAR-ECLIPSE BY NASA

Time will go fast, so plan way ahead to visit an eclipse area during the mid-day eclipse. The red line shows the area of the longest and greatest totality. If you are within the blue lines, you will see totality, but not as long of a time as you will within the red line. Cleveland will be the major eclipse city in Ohio. I imagine they will be making preparations for quite a while.

Meanwhile, plan way ahead for this. Arrange family time or time with friends to visit the nearest point you wish to visit that day.  Your current eclipse glasses will not be good at that eclipse as the material evidently can be used for only 3-years if it has no fingerprints or scratches. Mine aren't very pristine after the last eclipse. The newer ones will most likely be better anyway.

I hope the NASA NIght Sky Network gives us free ones again.


Irene Baron and Chuck Bruckelmeyer of the Zanesville Astronomy Club made a presentation in Elson Hall at Ohio University Zanesville on 17 August 2017. If you were there, you saw it was standing room only with more people waiting in the hallways.
uring the events leading up to the eclipse, 500-eclipse safety shades donated by Google & Berkeley University of California were distributed during the August club meeting and during the OUZ presentation..


During the presentation activities, persons signed in at the main desk, Many signed up to become a club member. They were from New Straitsville, Newark, Baltimore, Norwich, Quaker City, Glenford, Shawnee, Nashport, Frazeysburg, East Fultonham, Dresden, Adamsville, Minerva, New Concord, Roseville, Westerville and Zanesville. That geographic distribution shows how important Zanesville has become in astronomy family education.

Our club membership is currently 238. Not too bad after only 4-years of existence. 

We would like to thank the Muskingum County community and surrounding areas for their enthusiastic support of astronomy and the Lewis Observatory. To have Ohio University Zanesville support us and provide access to the observatory is deeply appreciated. Persons associated with the University have been active with working behind the scenes, including the facilities department who provides the Campus Center rooms for our use and turns off the lights surrounding the observatory. Thanks to our members who may not arrive for all meetings, but keep their interest.


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Lewis Observatory February 2014

Chuck viewing Jupiter

Chuck describes his telescope construction Karen & Irene examine new telescope








 Examining Chandra X-Ray images John & Jim examine new star chart










The Zanesville Astronomy Club is an affiliate member of the NASA Night Sky Network!  

The Night Sky Network is associated with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, the National Science Foundation and the Astronomy Society of the Pacific. The Network provides information to the public such as local/state/national events, astronomy activities for ages pre-school through adult, videos, games and other astronomy resources.

The mission of the Zanesville Astronomy Club is to provide public outreach about astronomy. Monthly meetings are held at the Lewis Observatory located adjacent to the Rogge Pavilion on the Ohio University-Zanesville campus in Zanesville, Ohio.  The 17-inch Newtonian reflector telescope in the observatory is used for celestial observations. Club organizers Chuck Bruckelmeyer and Irene Baron invite community members of all ages to enjoy viewing the galaxies, stars, the Moon and planets. Baron said, “To have such a large telescope available for the community provides a unique resource for families and amateur astronomers. I would hope citizens will continue to take advantage of the free observational opportunities available.” Baron said she is available to open the observatory for school classes, scout troops and community/service organizations. She is also available as a public speaker to discuss past and current astronomy events, reminding that Comet ISON is arriving this winter.

 The URL address for the Night Sky site access is:  Information about the local organization may also be found through the Zanesville Astronomy Club Facebook page and web site.

Individuals, schools districts, teachers and community organizations wishing to receive the monthly electronic Zanesville Astronomy Club newsletter are asked to send an email request to:

Citizens are reminded they may take advantage of computers at the public libraries in gaining gain access to all club and affiliated electronic astronomy sites

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Zanesville Astronomy Club Event Calendar from the Night Sky Network.