Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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Because of the New Year’s Day holiday weekend, we are combining our January meeting with a star gaze at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest (on Moore's Mill Road, in Auburn) on Saturday, January 12 (see below).
January 12, Forest Preserve Star Gaze
January 30, An asteroid "2007 WD5" traveling at 13.5 km/sec, may be on a collision course with Mars. The odds at this time are about 1 in 25 of a hit on 30 January 2008. The asteroid is 50 meters (164 feet) across. At an orbital speed of about 28,000 miles per hour. It’s will be on the order of 3 megatons or more. http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/01/odds-of-asteroi.html
AAS membership dues ($20.00) are due in January. Make checks payable to “Auburn Astronomical Society”. Special thanks to those members who do not attend on a regular basis but still want to help us out by paying A.A.S. membership dues.
Auburn Astronomical SocietyPlease join me in welcoming Ms. Memorie Souza, Abbeville, AL. We hope Memorie will be joining us at meetings and star parties soon.
Many thanks to Scott Thompson, for doing this. AAS treasurer, John Zachry, reports no payment for the shirts have been received. So we can get your shirts to you, please make your checks payable to Auburn Astronomical Society send your to:
Auburn Astronomical Society
Jennifer Lolley and the members of her forest preserve group have invited us back to the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest for a star gaze. Jennifer has already sent out flyers announcing a 7:00PM start time. Sunset will be about 5:00PM. The gate will be open from 5:00 on, if you prefer to set up your scope before dark.
Here is Rhon’s description of the facility:
The Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest is on Moore’s Mill Road. I can honestly say that it’s probably the nicest site (from the standpoint of amenities) that we’ve ever used for an event like this... including the planetarium in Montgomery. The site is about 1/3 mile off the road (Moores Mill) on a very accessible dirt/grass road. It contains a nice open area (about 3 to 4 acres) for viewing, with good visibility to the east and south, acceptable viewing to the west, and Auburn city lights to the north. There is a covered pavilion area (I’d guess about 40 ft by 60 ft) and restrooms for the guys and gals. It has power and lights, and the lights are on switches. The road, and a residence near the road, are definitely well shielded by trees. Oh, and there’s a nice parking area for visitors too.
For those familiar with Auburn: on Moore’s Mill Road, one mile east of the Ogletree Village shopping center ... on the north side of the road. There will be a sign at the gate. The shopping center is at the intersection of Moores Mill Road and Ogletree-Hamilton road. This intersection is east of Dean Road, on Moores Mill.Activities will begin at 7:00, but the gate will be open before sunset. Here is Jennifer’s announcement:
Enjoy a night under the stars with the Forest Ecology Preserve staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society at the A.U. Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest on Moore's Mill Road. A short educational program will start the evening. Jennifer Lolley will present a star show. The Auburn Astronomical Society will have their high-powered telescopes set up for your viewing pleasure. A warming station will be set up with a hot drink and some "out of this world" treats. Children must be age 7 and up to attend this program. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Red cellophane will be provided. For directions to the Demonstration forest, Check our web site www.auburn.edu/preserve . If weather is questionable (too much cloud cover), call Jennifer Lolley at 707-6512 or call the Preserve and listen to a recorded message (502-4553).Check out images of our May 2005 Star Gaze.
January 9, MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System cameras will begin gathering pictures of Mercury as the probe zeros in on the planet. ... “We are about to visit Mercury for the first time in more than 30 years ... this flyby will let us see parts of Mercury never before viewed by spacecraft." http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/status_report_01_07_08.html
January 14, 2008 - Mercury Messenger spacecraft will past 124 miles above the surface of Mercury at 1:05 p.m. CST for first close-up view in 33 years. Closest point of Mercury flyby will be on January 14 at 1:17 CST. http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/
Statically coldest days of the year.
Candidates position on Space Interesting web site:
New Cartes Du Ciel Beta from Rod Mollise
A Glossary of Astrophotography and Digital
Imaging Terms, from Jerry Lodriguss
Hoping to see everyone at the star gaze,