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Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
January, 2010

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Events Calendar 2010 Membership Dues
Web Links  

Events Calendar

Because of the conflict with the New Year holiday weekend, we’ll hold our January meeting on the second Friday of the new year, January 8, at 7:45PM in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building. The doors to the classroom buildings automatically now lock at 7:45PM, so if you’re running late, rap on the door nearest our meeting room.  Remember that access to the parking lot is now from W. Magnolia only.  Bring your new astro-toys that Santa left for you, for the  “Show & Tell” segment of our meeting.

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 6:45PM. 

Our new moon star party this month will be on Saturday, January 16, at Cliff Hill’s farm, clouds permitting of course. 

January 08, Monthly meeting, 7:45 PM, in room 215 of Davis Hall
January 16, Monthly star party at Cliff Hill’s farm
January 22, Favorable ISS Pass 
January 24, Favorable ISS Pass 
January 30, Closest lunar perigee (largest apparent full Moon) of 2010
 
 

2010 Membership Dues

AAS memberships ($20.00/$10.00 for full-time students) are due in January. Make checks payable to “Auburn Astronomical Society”.  If you’re unable to attend our January meeting, mail your dues to:

Auburn Astronomical Society
c/o John B. Zachry
501 Summerfield Road
West Point, GA 31833
Your dues allow us to purchase DVDs for programs, continue our affiliation with the Astronomical League, and to buy, upgrade, and maintain our loaner scope program and tape/DVD library.

We’ve never made a big deal about membership and encourage “AAS friends” to attend and participate in meetings, star parties, and public events.  But, there are a few benefits restricted to members:

• Discounts on purchases from Oceanside Photo & Telescope
• Discounts on subscriptions for Astronomy and Sky & Telescope  magazines
• Access to the society's extensive video tape, book, and DVD library
• Access to the society's Loaner Scopes
• Because the Auburn Astronomical Society is affiliated with the Astronomical League  members are entitled to enjoy all of the benefits afforded to League members, including observing programs and quarterly issues of The Reflector.
If this will be your first time to join,  please print out the Membership Application form, and include it with your check.  We need your address to ensure that you’ll receive your Reflector.

Special thanks to those members who do not attend on a regular basis but still want to help us out by paying AAS. membership dues. 

Web Links

Sky & Telescope Index: All 68 Years of It
A unified index for all 68 years (and 2 months) of Sky & Telescope is now available online

Cure for Aperture Fever found!
http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=tbdt

New Video Reveals Secrets of Webb Telescope's MIRI
http://webbtelescope.org/webb_telescope/  
and, 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091229164949.htm

Dark Sky Site Directory  
http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/

Caltech Scientists Film Photons with Electrons:
http://media.caltech.edu/press_releases/13310

Tonight’s Sky from Hubble Space Telescope website at: 
http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/tonights_sky/
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,

Russell