Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
This month’s meeting will be on Friday, February
2, at 8:00PM in room 215 of the Aerospace
Our dark-sky star party this month will be on
Saturday, February 17, at Cliff
Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course.
February 2, February meeting
AAS membership dues for 2006 expired at the end of December. Annual dues for 2007 are $20.00 for regular membership, and $10.00 for full-time students. Those who have paid dues to AAS for 2007 are: Alan Cook, Mike Holley, Rhon Jenkins, Eddie Kirkland, Everett Leonard, Allen Screws, Syd Spain, John Tatarchuk, Russell Whigham, and John B. Zachry
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From Gail Smitherman:
Just a shout out from Selma. I've seen the space station fly over a few times. It was very bright the one time it pasted directly over my house. The other times were more at a distance and dimmer. Marvin and I are going on a cruise to Cozumel in 2 weeks. I hope to get a look at the stars. I'm taking binoculars just in case.
From Wayne Martin:
We're sorry to hear that you'll be leaving, but thanks for letting us know. I'll leave you on the e-mail list until I get a bounce. We hope you'll check back on us via the Web page wherever you are.
From Scott Thompson:
Here’s my image of Comet McNaught made with 300mm
lens w/ 1.4 extender = 720mm effective @ f/8 ISO 100 / 10 images stacked
with Regi-Stack 3.0. Added Saturation to try and make it look like
the sky were the sun set. Looks great with a pair of binoculars.
From: Michael Schwartz:
My name is Michael Schwartz. I was visiting the astro society website and thought I'd drop a note to inquire about membership and when the date of the next dark sky outing. I am a 3 year hobbyist. My wife gave me a small scope for Christmas and I've been hooked ever since. I upgraded to an 8" Go-To- Cat about a year ago. However I have not had a chance to get to any Dark sky area to run it through it's paces. We live in the City with lot's of Trees and light pollution to boot.
From: John Zachry:
I sent this message to the editor of Valley Times News.
Dr. King is teaching a one hour course on Impact
Geology this term. Go to the URL below to see the "book" that we
are using. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/books/CB-954/CB-954.intro.html.
Hubble Trouble: http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0701/29hubbleacs/
From: John Zachry
Genesis Pathfinder is a technology demonstration for the inflatable Nautilus space station structure as a prototype for a space hotel by Bigelow Aerospace. ... Once in Earth orbit, the one-third scale hardware is to produce important data regarding multiple features of a full-scale spacecraft. The first Genesis will be pressurized with nitrogen, but later units will use an oxygen/nitrogen mixture. Genesis includes also windows and an airlock simulator with key seal interfaces. Genesis is 10 ft x 8 ft in size when inflated. ...The two Genesis spacecraft are designed to last for several years in orbit. Following the two Genesis spacecraft will be the Sundancer spacecraft in 2009, which is 45% in size of the full Nautilus and will test life support systems, propulsion and can support a crew of three.http://www.skyrocket.de/space/index_frame.htm?http://www.skyrocket.de/space/doc_sdat/genesis-pathfinder-1.htm
Selene Lunar Orbiter
“The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch the lunar orbiter “SELENE” on a H-IIA Launch Vehicle from Tanegashima Space Center in the summer of 2007. ... JAXA will accept from the public names and messages to deliver to the moon aboard the SELENE. Please send us your wishful messages.”Deadline to submit your name and message to the Moon - January 31, 2007
NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander
In 2007, The Planetary Society will send a specialized silica-glass DVD to Mars aboard Phoenix, NASA's newest Scout mission ... The disk, which is attached to the deck of the Phoenix lander, will include "Visions of Mars," a collection of 19th and 20th century stories, essays, and art inspired by the Red Planet. The disk also includes special features, such as the famous 1938 radio broadcast of HG Wells' classic, "War of the Worlds." ... People around the world can add their own names (or those of family and friends) to the archival disk ... Launching in August 2007, Phoenix will land in May 2008. ... The special disk should last for at least many hundreds of years on Mars, plenty of time for a future generation to discover and read the Red Planet's first library. ... The deadline for submitting names is February 1, 2007.http://www.planetary.org/about/press/releases/2006/1030_Fly_Your_Name_on_NASAs_Phoenix_Mission.html
From Syd Spain:
The Chicago Tribune had a good article on the
moon base titled "NASA shooting for the stars, via the moon." The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution printed it with another title, "Will base
be a moon-doggle?" You might want to read it at
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,