Night Sky 45 is the astronomy club of Salem Oregon.

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11/7 Stephanie Barth Presents: Spacefest IX: My Summer Vacation

Spacefest is THE celebration of space for enthusiasts of every type! Our very own Stephanie Barth spent her summer vacation at Spacefest, and will take us there as she describes the first-hand stories from Apollo astronauts and flight controllers: –The wives and daughters of Gene Cernan and Alan Bean –The upcoming movie, “Searching for Skylab” …

10/3 Presentation: Growing Up With The Astronauts

Join us October 3rd as James Loftus presents: Growing Up With The Astronauts Speaker: James Loftus, director of the JPLMuseum* in Stayton, OR James  will bring a few NASA artifacts from his father’s collection: a plug extracted from the Apollo 11 command module heat shield and a hyper-velocity impact demonstration piece. He will discuss our museum’s …

June 6th Presentation: Astronomical Sketching

Astronomical Sketching Our Speaker: Howard Banich “Sketching at the eyepiece is a time-honored means of disciplining the observer’s vision to see all that’s detecatable on a given night” Howard Banich made his first astronomical sketch in 1973. He will describe his process from the first rough sketches to the smoothly finished drawings published in Sky …


Night Sky 45, a.k.a NS45, met for the first time in April 1999. Our name is derived from our favorite topic, the night sky, and our latitude on the planet, the 45th parallel (latitude).

Night Sky 45 is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and education of astronomy and related subjects to members and the general public.

Membership is open to anybody interested in astronomy and the night sky, regardless of experience or knowledge.

*Ownership of a telescope is not a requirement for membership.

Night Sky 45 was formed primarily as a viewing club, allowing people who share an interest in astronomy and related topics to join with others to share knowledge and observing experiences.

Monthly meetings are held in Chemeketa Community College Planetarium on the first Wednesday of the month, 7:30PM.

While not a requirement for membership, we encourage members to share their interests and knowledge with members of the local community to further the enjoyment and understanding of astronomy and related topics.

Come share the magic of the universe with us.