Night Sky 45 is the astronomy club of Salem Oregon.

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7P-9P Wednesday March 7th, 2018


Chemeketa Planetarium
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
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Presentation: Tales of the Wilson High School Astronomy Club
Our Speaker: Joe Minato

Joe Minato was born to be a science teacher. He grew up in beautiful Rockwood, Oregon, youngest of six children. He had a childhood of wonder and discovery, a gift he wishes for every child. He earned a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MTE in science education. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from the geologic history of the Earth to biological evolution, and wherever else his curiosity takes him.
Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club March 7 2018 Meeting Poster


Remote Astronomy

NightSky45 Astronomy Club of Salem Oregon February 7th 2018 Meeting Poster


When Galaxies Collide
NightSky45 Astronomy Club January Meeting Poster image.


~ Note: No December meeting ~

How Bright? How Old? How Far?

Why Mars?
NightSky45 Astronomy Club October 4th 2017 Meeting Poster: Why Mars?

The Great Solar Eclipse 2017


10 : 17 : 21 AM


Monday August 21, 2017 Salem, Or (earlier the farther West from Salem you are)
Western Oregon Solar Eclipse Viewing Detail
A one-page information sheet. Print and pass on to your non-astronomer friends.For printing on one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

 Solar Eclipse Workshop

NightSky 45 Astronomy Club 8/2 Meeting Poster

Eclipse Photography – Techniques and Equipment

NightSky45 Astronomy Club July 5, 2017 meeting poster
Eclipse Photography:
Techniques and Equipment

Heliophisycs and the Study of the Sun

NightSky45 Astronomy Club Meeting poster for May 3rd 2017


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.


We’re Back After The Holiday Break

Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and great start to the new year. We are starting off 2018 with a great presentation on January 3rd from Dr. Katherine Kornei: When Galaxies Collide “The universe contains billions of galaxies, which occasionally collide with one another in spectacular events known as galaxy mergers. I’ll share new imagery …