In this Issue
|March Meetings||Astronomy Day 2001|
|Wetumpka Meteor Crater||Virus Warning|
|St. Bede School Star Party||Kisatchie Star Party in Louisiana|
|Member News||Christmas Comet|
This month’s meeting will be on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. Montgomery car-poolers should meet at my house (518 Seminole Dr.) and be ready to head for Auburn at 7:00 PM.
This month’s star party will be on Saturday, March 24. Location to be announced.
Something we haven't done in the past at this event is have a "Sale Table". I would not be against having a table where people could try to sell their equipment.
Dr. David T. King, Jr: writes:
I recently added material to my web page on Wetumpka. I have not finished putting up the figures yet, but the URL is http://www.auburn.edu/~kingdat/wetumpkawebpage3.htm
A link to this new site has been added to the AAS Wetumpka Meteor Crater Page. David also forwarded an article on the reversal of the Sun’s magnetic poles (an indicator of Sunspot maximum) that included this tidbit:
"The Sun's dipolar field is about as strong as a refrigerator magnet, or 50 gauss (a unit of magnetic intensity). Earth's magnetic field is 100 times weaker.”See the complete story at: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast15feb_1.htm?list81710
I received an e-mail from Dr. Rutland this morning that apparently was a reply to the “Cloud Out” message on Saturday. It had a virus which my Norton AntiVirus caught. I hope this helps somebody.
School Star Party
at St. Bede
I'd like to organize a school star party at St. Bede for Monday night, March 5. The moon will be waxing gibbons but far enough away from Venus, Jupiter and Saturn to allow reasonable views.
The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society invites you come to Louisiana and thaw out at the first, and hopefully annual, Kisatchie Star Party. Scheduled for March 22-25, 2001, our gathering will be held under the very dark skies of Kisatchie National Forest.
Visit their Web site at http://www.eatel.net/~weinell/
for more information and to register. This site is very dark and comparable
to a TSP average night of observing.
From: "Richard Allen" email@example.com
I have found and purchased a two year old Celestron Ultima 9.25. I should have it by the time we have the star party the end of the month. The scope only comes with the basics. A 6x30 finder, a Telrad, 1 1/4 visual back and diagonal. I would like recommendations on necessary/useful accessories. I know that I will need some type of dew shield and dew remover. I was looking at the Kendrick system. Also, I am going to try and convert a footlocker of some type to a scope case. Would like to hear any comments on things I need.
A comet detected three months ago is ambling toward the inner solar system and could be visible to the naked eye late this year, possibly providing the best comet show since Hale-Bopp in 1997. Tickets to the show should be popular, as the comet threatens to make its apparition a one-time engagement.
The comet was first thought to be an asteroid when it was spotted Nov. 16, 2000 by researchers at the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research project (LINEAR). It was later identified as a comet and given the official designation of 2000 WM1. Scientists are referring to it as Comet LINEAR, but it is different from the comet 1999 S4, also called Comet LINEAR, which broke apart late in the summer of 2000.
"Although no comet can be relied upon completely, there is a very good chance that [this comet] will be a naked-eye Christmas comet for 2001," says astronomer Mark Kidger.
Full story here:
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,