Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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We’ll hold our August meeting on Friday, August 6, 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 program will be a continuation of our SLOOH online observatory project. http://www.slooh.com/ Thanks to Brandon Clearman for helping us with the WIFI issues.
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.
August 6, August meeting
September 10, September meeting (moved back
one week because of Labor Day)
October 9, AAS 30-Year Anniversary/October meeting
The Auburn Astronomical Society’s 30-Year Anniversary banquet will be on October 9, 2010, at 6:00PM at Good Ol’ Boy’s restaurant at 1843 Sandhill Road in Auburn (Lee County Road 10), just under 2 miles from US 29 S; 3.5 miles from Society Hill Road. We’ll order from the menu and an 18% gratuity will be added to your order. Thanks to Joyce and Rhon Jenkins for making the arrangements. Program TBA.
I’ve received several messages from anyone who knows that I’m in the hobby, that indicate:
… during August, Mars will be closer to our own orbit and will be comparable to the size of our moon. Wow! This is a once in a lifetime event!”If you haven’t receive this already, you probably will. This was somewhat true -- in 2003. The closest approach part was true, but the big as the Moon part is very misleading. The e-mail “forwards” just won’t die. Here’s the real deal: <http://www.astronomy.org.gg/hoax.htm>
We’ve missed having or treasurer, John Zachry, at our meetings recently. John has having a bout with a back injury. We hope John’s treatment brings him back with us soon.
Ray Kunert is moving his 10-inch Meade SCT out of his observatory to have it available for star parties and replacing it in the dome with his TEC 140 APO refractor and its beefy mount for his astro-imaging.
We’ve carried over three IOU stargazes from last spring:
• Opelika Cub ScoutsFor the two in the Auburn-Opelika area, we not only have to contend with Moon phases, and moderate temperatures, but the AU football schedule, and this year, our 30-year anniversary. Let’s start with the football “not Saturday” or “away game” dates, since we all know it would be easier to change the Moon’s phase than mess with football. ;-) If it works out with stargaze groups, we could combine two, or do this in lieu of a monthly meeting/star party. We’re waiting to hear when the best time for them will be.
08/28: Moon just past full; still hot
The sky is NOT falling. <http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/99648984.html>
Here is what happened when professional astronomers
pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at what appeared to be absolutely nothing
and left it there, first for 10 days, and then for 11 days.
Then they made the images into a 3-D presentation. You
have got to watch this one, it's "incredible".
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* Burns chronicles 400 years of planetary science
* Cassini images rule out rings around Rhea
* Spitzer researchers find buckyballs in space
Complete texts and these summaries, as well as photos and other graphics accompanying some stories, are available via the World Wide Web at <http://www.news.cornell.edu>.
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Hope to see everyone at the meeting,