Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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We’ll hold our May meeting on Friday, May 7, 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 dark-sky star party this month will be on Saturday, May 15, at Cliff Hill’s farm.
May 07, May meeting, 7:45 PM, in room
215 of Davis Hall
Please join me in welcoming Brandon Clearman, a student from Opelika. Brandon has an AstroMaster 114 EQ reflector. We look forward to many evenings under the stars with Brandon.
American Heritage Girls Stargaze (Cancelled… Again)
April 3, was our second attempt to have the stargaze for troop leaded, Terri Klose, and her American Heritage Girls, in Prattville We had to cancel the original stargaze date because of clouds. The back-up date of Saturday, April 3, was cloudy as well. Terri, asks that we try again in the fall.
Eastwood Christian School Stargaze
Our Eastwood School stargaze in Pike Road on April 16, went very well. Frank Ward and I, showed off the hidden treasures of the night sky to 25-30 enthusiastic students and their parents. Special thanks to our gracious hosts, Charlie and Tracy Shamberger.
Forest Ecology Preserve Stargaze (Cancelled)
Jennifer Lolley and the members of her Forest Ecology Preserve group invited us back to the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest for a stargaze in Auburn, on Saturday, April 17. Unfortunately, the clouds precluded any chance of telescopic observing. Thanks to Rhon Jenkins, Russell Whigham, Alan Cook, Elliot Errera, Chris Young, Everett Leonard, and Frank Ward for being there, hoping for clearer skies.
Thanks again to all who showed up- I have had several calls about a rain date- any dateAstronomy Day 2010 Saturday, April 24 (Cancelled)
For the first time in 13 years that we had to cancel our annual Astronomy Day event because of the threat of tornadoes. It was a tough decision, but safety was paramount. Perhaps we could reschedule it, and maybe do it in conjunction with one of our meetings this summer.
On Friday, April 23rd, I had the opportunity to
speak to my son's 3rd grade class at St. James school here in Montgomery.
They have been studying Astronomy recently and were very interested in
my hobby. I took along my 12 inch LightBridge Dobsonian and my 3 inch Celestron
telescopes as well as the 10X50 Nikon binoculars and explained the function
and use of each in amateur Astronomy. The 4 classes assembled were spellbound.
They were full of questions but allowed me to do some introductory statements
first. I introduced them to the instruments and the green laser. In order
to simulate the green beam, I used a squirt bottle, placing a mist through
the beam. "Wow"s followed. I asked them some questions as we went along
and they were surprisingly knowledgeable of many astronomical facts already.
They enjoyed being able to see themselves in the 12 inch mirror and seeing
the red dot on the ceiling as I demonstrated the use of the collimator.
Georgia Sky View 2010
Ray Kunert and your editor are going to
Sky View 2010, at Camp McIntosh - Indian Springs Park (near Jackson,
GA) Alan Cook and Eddie Kirkland have also expressed interest
in attending this year. Want to join us there?
John B. Zachry
May 11 - SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch “qualification unit” for SpaceX’s Dragon
May 13 – Mars Winter Solstice in Southern Hemisphere (where Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are located). Unlike Earth, temperature will increase daily along with sunlight.
May 14 - Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-132) to be launched 2:19 p.m. EDT with Russian Mini-Research Module 1.
May 17 – Japan’s Akatsuki
Japan Venus Climate Orbiter) to be launched to Venus at 4:44 p.m. CDT.
Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch This clip is raw from Camera E-8 on the launch umbilical tower/mobile launch program of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969. This is an HD transfer from the 16mm original. Even more excellent footage is available on our DVDs at our website at spacecraftfilms.com The camera is running at 500 fps, making the total clip of over 8 minutes represent just 30 seconds of actual time. Narration is provided by Mark Gray, Executive Producer for Spacecraft Films.
A Saturn Spectacular, With Gravity's Help Scientists have a plan to extend the life, on relatively little fuel, of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its sixth year of studying Saturn.
Comet 81P in Virgo is the brightest comet in the sky right now. It is approximately magnitude 8.9 and has a broad diffuse fan tail extending some 15-20 arc minuets. Images and supporting data are at http://users.FoxValley.net/~dpersyk/new.htm.
Hodges Meteorite "Update"
Why it’s important and how to clean pollen from your optics
Turn on the speakers, then sit back and enjoy Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking in song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc
Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D Video
For those with slower connections please try this
link on Ken's YouTube account:
Scale of the Universe
For Sale: 2x Televue Big Barlow Excellent Condition. $130 Tom McGowan, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Have a good meeting,