Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, September 8, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building. AAS president, Rhon Jenkins, will give our program on “The Latest Findings in Cosmology”. This will be an “away” football weekend so parking should be no worse than usual.
Our dark-sky star party this month will be on
Saturday, September 23, at Cliff
Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
Saw an interesting article in the September 2006
issue of Popular Science magazine, pages 72-73 entitled "Finding Earth's
Cosmic Twin" which said among other things:
--- John Zachry
Good time to see the International Space Station next week. I hope members will tell their local newspapers and get some free publicity for A.A.S. - John
The International Space Station will pass almost directly over the Montgomery area on Wednesday, September 6 traveling from Northwest to Southeast between 8:02 p.m. CDT and 8:07 p.m. CDT (but not on Friday, September 8).
The International Space Station will pass over the Auburn area on Wednesday, September 6 traveling from Northwest to Southeast between 8:02 p.m. CDT and 8:07 p.m. CDT and again on Friday, September 8 from Northwest to Southeast between 7:13 p.m. CDT and 7:19 p.m. CDT
The International Space Station will pass over the West Point area on Wednesday September 6 traveling from Northwest to South southeast between 9:02 p.m. EDT and 9:07 p.m. EDT and again on Friday, September 8 from Northwest to Southeast between 8:13 p.m. EDT and 8:19 p.m. EDT
Good web site to see Space Shuttle Atlantis flight
plan if it is launched on Wednesday, September 6.
--- John Zachry
Scott Thompson is sharing his always informative and well written astronomy articles with us again. Scott writes:
I posted my feature article of the Wetumpka Meteor Crater on the web and I will let everyone get a peek at the October's article early. All previous publications are here: http://www.inaap.com/publications.htmSeptember: Wetumpka’s Meteor Crater
Near-Earth asteroids seem to make the headlines more often these days as we continue to search skyward. At this moment no asteroid seems likely to hit Earth anytime soon. However this was not the case in the early years of our inner solar system, including planet Earth. These cataclysmic events have left many scars across the Moon, Mars, Venus and Earth. Now local geologists have the first direct evidence proving that the “Astrobleme” in Wetumpka came from a meteorite impact that occurred around 83 million years ago. [more…]
October: Pluto and Charon
The ruler in darkness, the icy unstable rock,
the little rear brakeman waving from the back of the caboose, is now no
longer a planet! The poor guy didn’t even get a farewell party. He was
booted out of the club before a century had even passed. The International
Astronomical Union (IAU) has voted to downgrade Pluto to the status of
From: "Thad Floryan" <thadATthadlabs.com>
Wellllll, I couldn't resist. My buddies at the local Orion store in Cupertino called last Wednesday stating the units are trickling in and they'd hold one for me. So I bought one yesterday and, without a doubt, Celestron has a real winner here. A mini-review, PDF manuals and docs, and pictures can be found at: <http://thadlabs.com/ASTRO/SkyScout/>
From: "astronomics1" <mikeATastronomics.com>
Here are some numbers for anyone who cares.
Celestron Pre-Sells to dealers. 14,000
They are a very hot item. I hope they jumpstart the astronomy hobby and get new people wondering what the heck is going on up there. While it might not appeal to seasoned vets, but people that pay $400 for an IPOD (me being one of those people. I have 5 different models. I know, I know, it is a sickness) will scarf them up. People like my cousin with 3 kids and he doesn't know a lick about astronomy and can never answer a question like,"Daddy, what is that?"
Fun with Pluto
From: "Jim Webb"
From: Gary Spiers
An unofficial email circulating at JPL first put
a spin on the Pluto
From: Anthony Arrigo <AnthonyATStarryNightLights.com>
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Thanks for any support you can provide!
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,