Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This monthís meeting will be on Friday October 3, in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building at 8:00PM. Rhon reports that the anticipated problem with the doors being locked has not materialized. Weíll have the Power Point presentation that Rick Evans did for the AAS at the Mars Gaze, for those who were unable to attend. Itís been a while since we were all together at our regular meeting place. There will be lots to catch up on. This will be a game weekend, so parking may come at a premium.
Any Montgomery area riders are encouraged to meet at your editorís house, ready to carpool to Auburn at 7:00PM.
It's time to renew our club subscriptions to Astronomy magazine and Sky & Telescope. Astronomy magazine is $29.00 for 1 year and $ 55.00 for 2 years. Sky & Telescope is $ 32.95 for 1 year. For those who wish to renew, it would be nice to have a check at the next meeting or by mail before October 10 or at least notify me by e-mail that you want to be on list and pay later. Time limit is not mandatory, however, if late I will just have to make an extra trip to the bank and to the post office.
John B. Zachry
Note: The discounted magazine subscriptions are a privilege of membership. If you want to take advantage of this, be sure you have paid your dues. If youíre not sure, send John an e-mail. - RDW
Ann Bode, eighth grade science teacher at Eastwood Presbyterian School in Montgomery, asked us to bring our telescopes to the home of one of her students, some thirteen miles south of Tuskegee, for her class on, Friday, September 19. Our hosts, Ira and Jennifer Hostetter had prepared a delicious lasagna supper for us. Representing AAS were: event coordinator, Robert Rock, Ray Kunert, and Russell Whigham. Following supper, we were led to a clearing behind the house. A low-level glow from Tuskegee was the only artificial light there. The sky was as black as Iíve ever seen around here. The kids and parents lined up behind the three telescopes as we toured the treasures of the transparent summer sky. They had recently completed a study of the constellations and each student had researched a deep-sky object located in their constellation. This was the lab. Many had requests for ďtheirĒ object. For astronomical dessert, we observed surface features and the shrinking southern polar cap. All seemed to enjoy the evening. We sure did.
Hereís our correspondence with Susan Mallett,
Principal of Head Elementary School, in Montgomery:
The Deep South Regional Star Gaze will be on October
22-26, in McComb MS. The main speaker at the DSRSG this year is author,
Philip Harrington. So far, we have Robert Rock, Ray Kunert,
Whigham representing AAS.
The Peach State Star Gaze will be on October 22-26 at WhiteWater Express High Adventure Camp near Ducktown, Tennessee. Speakers include:
Dr. Brian G. Marsden of the International Astronomical Union will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Marsden was the director of the IAU's Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams from 1968 to 2000
Chris Butler is an internationally published illustrator best known for his science art, Mr. Butler is a staff artist at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and continues to focus on science education.
Dr. Richard Schmude is associate professor
at Gordon College's Department of Science and Physics (Barnesville, Georgia)
and an expert on the planet Mars.
Editorís two-cents worth:
From John B. Zachry
2004 will be a great year for astronomy! Space Shuttle resume flight, 5 new spacecraft to Mars, 3 spacecraft to the Moon, 1 spacecraft to Mercury, 1 spacecraft to a comet, Cassini arrives at Saturn. Will work on a detailed list with home web sites.
Check this out. Great web site. Shows a computer generated 15 month path in motion of the Smart-1 spacecraft launched on September 27 to the Moon. http://orbits.esa.int/orbits/science/app/smart_inc.htm
For best results zoom out on Smart-1 video to show orbit of Moon before you start video animation and of course set time to 1 day sequence.
From Mack Acheson, via Katherine Collins
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From Paul Williamson
At 10:12 PM 9/12/2003 -0400, you wrote:
I am planing a stargazing trip to my hometown of Brantley on the 27th of this