Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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Our monthly meeting will be on Friday, June 6, at 8:00 PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering building, on the campus of Auburn University. Montgomery area car poolers should meet at my house (518 Seminole Drive). We’ll head for Auburn at 7:00 PM.
The June star party will be on Saturday, June 28 at Cliff Hill’s farm.
On Saturday, May 10, the Auburn Astronomical Society and the W. A. Gayle Planetarium joined astronomical societies across the nation, in celebrating National Astronomy Day. Representing the AASm this year were:
Alan & Susie Cook 10-inch
Brent Holman and David Wayne Key accompanied Ricky and Scott. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Nicole Long and Laura Kelly were there. Bill Blankley was on his way to Alaska, but sent several handout materials for the visitors. Eddie Kirkland and Everett Leonard had planned to bring their scopes, but unforeseen circumstances prevented their participation.
Visitor, Paul Williamson brought his 120ST AstroView refractor. We hope to see more of Paul at future events. We had several new names added to our e-mail list as well.
Rick Evans has offered to open up the planetarium on a Friday night for us to have a meeting. This seems like a wonderful opportunity. We’ll discuss this at our meeting this Friday, and see if we can find a date mutually convenient for Rick and AAS. Photos of the day’s activities are on the AAS Web site under “Field Trips”/ “Gayle”/ “Astronomy Day 2003”.
Thanks again to Rick for the drinks and sandwiches, the publicity, and everything else that he does to make this happen.
Mike Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell, I'm interested in checking out the crater. Can you give me some info on tours, price, etc. How did they decide it was a meteor crater?
Dr. David King gives the tours several times each year. The most recent was just a couple of months ago. All I know about the crater is on our Web page under "Field Trips"/"Wetumpka Meteor Crater". There are some additional links at the bottom of the page. If you'll let Dr. King know you're interested, he'll probably let you know when the next available tour will be.
The story of how this was determined to be an impact crater as opposed to just some random hills took many years to determine. The first clue that something unusual was going on was the "horseshoe" shape of the feature. The topographic diagram on the Web page shows this quite dramatically.
Later gravitational and magnetic anomalies reinforced the suspicion. The conclusive proof was found with the discovery of "shocked quartz" from core samples.
The City of Wetumpka has realized that they have a potential tourist attraction in their backyard, and have begun plans to construct an observation site on Bald Knob.
I hope this helps,
My name is Ray Kunert and I live in Wetumpka. I have been talking with Dr. Jenkins about perhaps joining the astronomy club. I would like to attend the meeting on the 6th. I would also like to attend the star party on the 31st. I borrowed a telescope for the event. I would like to follow you to the star party and to the meeting if it is all right with you. Are you planning to observe the "Lunar Eclipse" ? Thanks for your help,
And for the June meeting on June 6, you're welcome to ride over there with me and whoever else shows up. We leave my house (518 Seminole Dr., Montgomery) at 7:00. Call me at 271-3684 if you get lost.
I'm checking on the eclipse between clouds. So far, the umbra seems quite dark.
Thanks for looking us up,
Joel Donald email@example.com
I noticed your Web site on the Internet. I currently live in Montgomery. I am interested in astronomy and would like more information about your club. I do not own a telescope at this time but look to get one in the near future. Any information about your club and next meeting time would be greatly appreciated.
AAS treasurer, John Zachry, forwarded your message to me. I believe he pointed you to the Web page, which should answer most of your questions about our group. Our archived e-newsletters, Astrofiles, are there so you can read about what we've done in the past.
I've added your name to our e-mail list so that you can keep up with what we're doing. If you have specific questions not addressed on the Web page, feel free to ask.
I am a soon to be new member. I would like to attend the star party on Sat. May 31st. I just wanted to make sure the star party is still scheduled. I also would like to know its location. Is it the Cliff Hill farm location or the Russell site. I live in Columbus Ga. I was a member back in 1985. This was when the dark sky location was off Crawford Rd. Believe it or not I remember you from back then. I can't believe it has almost been 20 years. Imp sure you don't remember me because I went off to college soon after that. I can still remember having some great times at the star parties. Looking forward to seeing you again.
The weather forecast for tomorrow looks marginal, but the rain is supposed to diminish later in the day Saturday, so maybe we'll have a chance to see something.
Our rule of thumb for this type of weather, so prevalent in the summer months, is: If you can see any blue sky, we'll go for it. Watch your e-mail tomorrow afternoon just before time to leave for the star party. I'll try to make a call one way or the other. The location is the Cliff Hill farm. Cliff Hill is a pilot also. Our observing site is actually along the side of his gravel and sand runway. You may have seen it when you were flying. It's about a mile south of and to the east of the intersection of highways US 29 and US 80. It's actually just a few miles east from the dark sky site we had back in the mid-eighties, when you were with us before. Watch for approaching aircraft before crossing the runway. Try to allow yourself enough time to be set-up by sunset.
Looking forward to catching up on the past 20 years under the stars,
Here is Jeff’s thumbnail bio:
Jeff Crawford, M.D.
Bill Lawrence William.Lawrence@MAXWELL.AF.MIL
Hello! My name is Bill Lawrence, and I'm a Navy pilot going to school In Montgomery at Maxwell AFB. I got your name from the friendly folks at The Gayle Planetarium. I called them originally to see if they were doing anything for the upcoming lunar eclipse on Thursday night, and since they aren't, they sent me to you.
Unfortunately, we have no special group eclipse watch planned for Wednesday. We're just coming off of our annual Astronomy Day event this past Saturday, and were scheduled to have a star gaze for Edgewood Academy in Elmore County tonight, but it was canceled last night.
Because this eclipse falls in the middle of the
week, we didn't schedule a group eclipse watch. You may want to try
to contact on of our members, Mack Acheson, who is a Navy dependent, living
on base at Maxwell. Mack has an 8-inch telescope and has taken some
I'll CC: this to Mack and you can see if you want to get together.
I'll add your name to the AAS e-mail list so you can keep up with what we're doing.
Here's hoping we still have clear weather,
Scott Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the rain starts and the humid, buggy, hot summer arrives I have been able to obtain some images:
Found real interesting web site. Gives launch dates and information about future planetary missions. Might want to have a look. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/upcoming.html
Mack has a new Orion heavy-duty Atlas equatorial mount supporting his 10-inch reflector. We gave it a whirl at the star party – very nice! Orion Atlas 10 EQ Reflector
Mack Acheson, Ray Kunert, Mark Pratt , and Russell Whigham hoping for clearing skies, showed up at Cliff Hill’s farm this past Saturday evening. We had brief looks at Jupiter with Mack’s and Ray’s scopes before a nearby thunderstorm and the scent of rain sent us packing.
Laurel Highlands Star Cruise – 2003
Monday, June 23 thru Sunday, June 29, 2003
(Scheduled events begin Wednesday 6/25) Pinehill Campground, just off Exit
29 of I-68 near Hazelton, West Virginia Elevation approximately 2250'
Earth will be closer to Mars this summer, when, on August 27, 2003, the Red Planet's opposition brings it nearer to us than it has been in about 73,000 years. In August, The Planetary Society will begin our international Mars celebration with MarsWatch 2003, a program encouraging people everywhere to take a closer look at this fascinating world next door. The Planetary Society has proclaimed August 27 as "Mars Day," for all of Earth. On that day, we hope to turn the world's attention to Mars -- both with educational and observing activities, and information about the five spacecraft going to Mars to join the two already there. We hope you will help us achieve our goal to have half of the world's population looking at, or thinking about, Mars on that day!