Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, March 4, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. Riders from the Montgomery area are welcome to meet at the home of Russell Whigham, 518 Seminole Dr., and carpool over to Auburn. Plan to be ready to leave for Auburn at 7:00PM.
Our star party this month will be the better of the two nights of Friday/Saturday, March 11/12, at Cliff Hill’s farm. You may want to consider doing the Messier Marathon (see below).
Here is our current membership list. If
you don’t see your name and you thought you’d paid your dues for 2005,
contact AAS treasurer, John
Zachry. If sending your check has just slipped your mind, see
the prorated dues table and John’s address on the AAS Application Web page.
Mr. (Joe) Anson B. Albree
(From Sky & Telescope’s Weekly News Bulletin for February 25)
The Moon will [pass in front of] Antares, a red super giant. Mark your celestial calendar for March 2, 2005, with a reminder to set your alarm clock for early Thursday morning, March 3rd. For nearly all of the North American continent, the last-quarter Moon will be hanging in plain view in the southeast or south when it covers and uncovers Antares....
For you early risers, the time (in Montgomery) for the occultation locally will be about 04:46 AM. It reappears on the dark limb in twilight at 06:13 AM. The difference for Auburn-Opelika, will only amount to a minute or so.
In case of clouds (or if you just can’t get out of bed at that hour) the event will be rescheduled for August 25, 2023. http://www.jackstargazer.com/antaresoccult3305.html .
The Saguero Astronomy Club has an ordered check-off list in pdf format that includes RA/DEC, Constellation, Type, Magnitude, Size and Uranometria chart numbers http://www.saguaroastro.org/content/messier.htm.
The Messier Marathon presents an opportunity to view the entire Messier List in one night. Each Spring, the period around the Spring Equinox on March 21 allows observers to view all 110 of the Messier objects in one observing session.
In 2005, the new moon weekends fall on March 12-13 and April 9-10, allowing for a full night of observing. During other weekends in March, the appearance of the moon during part of the night will hinder observers from viewing the whole list.
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers has provided Maps and Recording Sheets for your use while working on the Messier Marathon, based on the Messier Marathon Observer’s Guide by Don Machholz
Download the PDF file: http://www.astromax.org/marathon.htm
March 4, AAS Meeting
Correspondence with "Rick Evans" <rlevans(AT)troyst.edu>
I need to start getting the ball rolling for Astronomy Day this year. WeThanks!
I have been working on a presentation to do that evening prior to it getting
I would also like to do a telescope clinic again this year. I have so manySince we've been doing this, it's been the most rewarding aspect of the event for me. Count on us to do the clinic again.
Somehow, I would also like to incorporate this year the Solar Scopes. I
This is a tentative agenda, pending feedback from you on the things I talkedI'll start nagging the usual suspects in the March newsletter, and continue to hound them until we get the typical 12-15 scopes. I'll forward the names as the come in.
As usual, thanks Russell.....
let us hear from you if you think you can help. The first quarter
Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will in the sky for the visitors to view.
For those of you who don’t own a telescope, we’ll need a member or two
to handle our PST solar scope, a couple of folks to be at the AAS information
table, and some telescope medics. Our celestial targets will be high
in the sky so, we’ll be able to use both the area in front the planetarium,
and the opening adjacent to the sidewalk leading to the planetarium – plenty
of room for all.
Although The 2005 Georgia Sky View hosted by Flint River Astronomy Club http://www.flintriverastronomy.org had emailed and said the party was off we have since found out from Indian Springs [State Park] that they cancelled the renovations and are available May 6-May 8, 2005. We know this is short notice but if we can get enough people that are willing to attend we are ready to put on a star party. If you are willing and able to attend on these dates please respond to this email and let me know. The rates will be $30.00 per person plus the $2.00 parking fee and kids under 10 are $10.00.
Also, I hate to rush everyone but I need to know kind of soon so we can get the reservation. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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From: Everett Leonard
… I bought an Orion XT10 Intelliscope Dobsonian before Christmas, and have only been able to try it out once, and my time was limited then. Guess I needed to stay home to study, anyway. This year, I started working on a Master's degree in Space Studies through the University of North Dakota's distance learning program course is "Survey of Space Studies", and we have our first test this weekend, which I plan to take tomorrow.
From: John Zachry
February 8, 2005. The European Space Agency has given the green light for the MARSIS radar on board its Mars Express spacecraft to be deployed during the first week of May. Assuming that this operation is successful, the radar will finally start the search for subsurface water reservoirs and studies of the Martian ionosphere.