Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
We’ll hold our December meeting on Friday,
3, 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.
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.
Allen Screws ordered a series of video
lectures that have been very well received at our past few meetings.
We’re looking forward to the next one. We also hope that Alan
Cook will bring his new Questar for show & tell.
December 3, Monthly meeting 7:45PM, in room 215
of Davis Hall.
December 4, Star Party at Cliff
Hill’s farm or SEC Playoff
December 7, Earliest sunset of 2010
December 13/14, Geminid meteor shower.
Best from Midnight to morning twilight
December 21, Total eclipse of the Moon (see below)
December 21 Winter solstice 5:38p.m. CST
Jennifer Lolley has cancelled the Mary Olive
Thomas Demonstration Forest stargaze for December 4. The date was
chosen before it seemed possible that Auburn might be at the SEC Championship
game in Atlanta.
We still owe Amy McKay’s Cub Scouts a stargaze.
December, I’m afraid, will be too busy for most of us, so we’ll see if
we can pick a date in January for her guys.
Total Lunar Eclipse
Beginning shortly after midnight on Tuesday, of
December 21, we’ll have a total lunar eclipse.
First contact, 12:33 a.m. CST
Second contact, 1:41 a.m. CST
Third contact,2:53 a.m. CST
Fourth contact at 4:01 a.m. CST
Several AAS members qualify for a trip
snags 38 antihydrogen atoms
From Dr. Wayne Wooten, EAAA, in Pensacola:
John Dobson who paved the way for astronomy
outreach regardless of access to professional facilities, was interviewed
in the first episode of a new series of webcasts, "Living Legend Series"
- a project of Astronomers Without Borders' on Saturday, November 13 2010.
You can watch the 5 part webcast videos at: http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/living-legend-series.html
Two AU connections from Larry M. Owsley:
Auburn researcher part of team to trap, hold
An international team of scientists including
Auburn University physics professor Francis Robicheaux has trapped and
held the antimatter version of the hydrogen atom for the first time in
history. The team's breakthrough could test fundamental physics. The journal
Nature published the results of the experiment Nov. 17. The lack of antimatter
in the universe remains one of the biggest mysteries of science. The research
collaboration at CERN, Europe's particle-physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland,
has confined the anti-hydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap for more than 170
milliseconds, a breakthrough in that while large quantities of the atoms
were first made at CERN eight years ago, the scientists could not store
them. To read more, go to the news
Hansen book on space shuttle accident to receive
prize for best book
Auburn history professor and Honors College director
James R. Hansen will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics 2011 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for
his book, "Truth, Lies and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger
Disaster." Published by the University Press of Florida in 2009, the book
was co-authored by Alan J. McDonald, the director of the Space Shuttle
Solid Rocket Motor Project for Morton-Thiokol, Inc., at the time of the
Challenger accident. The award is presented for the best original contribution
to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature
published in the last five years dealing with the science, technology,
and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. To read more,
go to the news release.
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,