Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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This month’s meeting will be on Friday, June 5, at 7:45PM in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building. The doors to the building automatically lock at 8:00PM, so if you’re running late, rap on the door nearest our meeting room and we’ll let you in.
Our new moon star party this month will be in conjunction with our CPODD stargaze on Saturday, June 20 at Children’s Harbor, just south of the Kowaliga bridge, on ALA 63 on Lake Martin, across from Sinclair’s restaurant.
June 5, Monthly meeting 7:45PM in room 215 of
July 25, Kumon Math and Reading Center Stargaze
CPODD Stargaze at Children’s Harbor
Saturday, June 20, at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin, near the Kowaliga bridge, on ALA 63 on Lake Martin, clouds permitting of course. Because summer solstice will be the next day, sunset on Saturday will be late -- 7:55 PM, and the sky will not be dark enough for telescopic viewing until about 45 minutes later. Lets plan on having our telescopes ready to go at 9:00PM. Sarah M. Dowdy is coordinating the weekend long retreat is expecting 80-100 guests. Please let me know if you can help.
Kumon Math and Reading Center
Carrie Ingram, an intern at the Kumon Math and Reading Center in Auburn, writes:
We are doing a reading program this summer with our students and the universe is our theme. We are interested in offering our students opportunities to explore the universe through books and activities. I found your website and was excited to see that there are star gazing events.
Eastwood Christian School
Ira Hostetter has decided to wait until next fall so that the students can take full advantage of the pristine black skies at his rural Macon county farm.
June 05 - Venus At Its Greatest
Western Elongation (46 Degrees)
Hubble Space Telescope Passes (from Auburn location)
All favorable ISS events for June are predawn events
International Space Station (from Auburn location)
that Astronomy Day was very successful, despite mostly cloudy skies most
of the evening. The crowd may have been a little smaller than usual,
but the folks that came seemed truly interested in astronomy. Folks
began coming in around 4pm. Most of our guys had their equipment
set up by that time. Though it was hazy, it was possible to get glimpses
Here are the names of the people who signed up to be on our mailing list:
Michael was the winner of the free membership. He is about 12 years old, but impressed everyone with his enthusiasm about astronomy. He jumped out of his seat when I announced his name at the end of the program.
Thanks to our members who volunteered their time and telescopes:
• Ray Kunert, Takahashi Sky 90 refractorAnd thanks to the many visitors who brought their personal telescopes. Finally, as always, special thanks to Rick Evans for providing the wonderful facility, doing all of the promotion, and securing the speakers from Marshall Spaceflight Center.
See Stephanie’s photos and captions at the AAS Astronomy Day 2009 Web page.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Imaged in Silhouette Against the Sun
STS 125 Hubble Release video (6:44)
MRO- "Soaring over Mars" from JPL video (4:22)
It’s back. Six years later, the recycled Mars Hoax is still being forwarded.
Time-Lapse Movie from TSP
Book on Space Shuttle Challenger
Twenty-three years after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Auburn University Professor and author James Hansen has helped produce a compelling book recounting exactly why the U.S. space program's first fatal in-flight accident occurred. Hansen, professor of history and director of Auburn's Honors College, teamed up to write the new 626-page book "Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster" with Allan McDonald. McDonald was an engineer who warned NASA officials that Challenger's solid rocket motor could explode at ignition if launched that very cold morning on Jan. 28, 1986. In the book, which was just released by the University Press of Florida, Hansen assists McDonald in telling how his words of warning were ignored and the fateful consequences of that decision. For more details on Hansen's book, visit the news releaseFacebook group for the "Auburn Astronomical Society"
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Cosmic Time Machine
Europe is planning to launch a sharp-eyed observatory Thursday to give humans their furthest look back in time to see the cosmic fingerprint of the Big Bang. The Planck observatory will observe the cosmic microwave background radiation left over about 380,000 years after the Big Bang.
Scientists extrapolated data from WMAP to pin down the age of the universe to 13.73 billion years, accurate to within about 120 million years. WMAP found that dark matter, material not made of atoms, makes up about 23.3 percent of the universe. WMAP also confirmed the existence of dark energy as 72.1 percent of the universe, causing its expansion to speed up. <http://www.spaceflightnow.com/ariane/v188/planck.html>
From: Smitherman Gail
I was watching the astronauts fix the Hubble on NASA channel on dish network 213. I went down a channel and discovered Dish EARTH on channel 212. This is a 24 hour feed of the earth from the Dish Satellite. It is very cooolllll. You can see the moon in the distance. You can see stars but I can’t make out the constellations. Give it a look and let me know if you can identify star patterns to left and right of earth. <http://www.givetheworld.com/aboutEchoStar11.asp>
AAS treasurer, John Zachry writes:
Here is the current list of Auburn Astronomical Society members.
Thanks again for your time on this, John.
I've updated the membership
page. Be sure I didn't leave anyone out.
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,