Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, June 3, 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 dark-sky star party this month will be on
the following Saturday, June 4, at Cliff
John Zachry has sent the AAS shirts orders to Scott Thompson for: Patrick Moylan, Lisa Spencer, Ray Kunert, David McConnell, Mike Holley, Charles Lewis, Will Baugh, and Olivia Baugh. We’ll let you know when you can pick them up as soon as we receive them. Thanks again to Scott for handling this for us and to John for compiling and sending Scott the orders.
June 3, AAS Meeting
On Saturday, May 14, AAS members Rhon & Joyce Jenkins, Mike Holley, Russell Whigham, Allen & Christy Screws, Dave McConnell, and Eddie Kirkland met at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest for what we’ll either call a “return engagement” or a “make up for a rain date”. Last November the weather did us in. This time, it threatened to do the same, but we wound up the evening just before the clouds rolled in.
Margaret Holler estimated that around 50 the members of her forest preserve group were in attendance for the star gaze. We shared views of the near first quarter Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn with out hosts.
As should be expected with all of the hi-tech gear we have, we did have one minor problem when Eddie’s primary instrument transport system suffered a catastrophic chemical-to-electrical energy conversion unit failure. Fortunately, Eddie only lives a few miles from the site, so his wife brought her SUV for him to use.
Thanks to event coordinator, Rhon Jenkins,
for his work to make this happen. See photos under “Field Trips”/”Educational
Outreach”/ “Mary Olive Thomas Forest Preserve” or at: http://www.auburnastro.org/trips/outreach/motfp.htm
Plans are in the making for the society’s 25-year anniversary celebration. We haven’t decided on a date but, it will be on a Saturday to be determined in September at the W. A. Gayle Planetarium. We are hoping to have the meal catered. Rick Evans will provide the tables and chairs, and Rhon is lining up our speaker. We’ll let you know about the menu and cost of the meal as that information becomes available.
As you guys know, I have been looking for a very dark site within Alabama to observe from for a few years now. Well, when browsing the clear sky clock page for Alabama, I saw someone had put up a clock for Conecuh National Forest. The light pollution map for the area can be found at: http://www.cleardarksky.com/lp/CnchNFALlp.gifSee a more detailed account of John’s all-nighter at : http://www.astronomy.com/ASY/CS/forums/279910/ShowPost.aspx
The current launch date for the Cosmos-1 Solar
Sail spacecraft is June 21 at 2:46 CDT. Diameter of the solar sails will
be 100 feet. Should be interesting to look for in the night sky.
Hope to see everyone at the meeting and star party,