Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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Weíll hold this month's meeting on Friday, December 2, at 7:45PM, in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building on the AU campus. 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.
The December dark-sky Saturday falls on Christmas Eve. If youíre just itching to try out that new astro-gear in your stocking, you can have a dark-sky star party at Cliff Hillís farm, but donít expect much company.
Monthly meeting in room 215 of Davis Hall, Aerospace Engineering Bldg.
On WEDNESDAY, November 16, we were honored to have Dr. Jonathan P Gardner from the Goddard Space Flight Center give a talk on "A Scientific Revolution: the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes" at the W. A. Gayle Planetarium. The presentation was free and open to the public including several of our AAS members: Tom & Julie McGowan, Allen Screws, Ray Kunert, Alan Cook, Chad Ellington, Everett Leonard, Frank Ward and your editor, as well as visitors from the University of Montevallo astronomy club, Annie Chester and Dr. Michael Sterner, and Dr. Randy Russell, professor of astronomy at AUM among the 40-50 visitors.
We had planned to have telescopic viewing outside the planetarium following the lecture, but clouds got in the way.
Special thanks to Chad Ellington and Auburn University Montgomery for securing our speaker, and to Rick Evans and Troy University Montgomery and the City of Montgomery, for making the planetarium available to us .
From John Zachry:
Lots of great full "NASA Science Briefings" on Youtube many of which we all have missed. Everybody know this? [Also] found great web site. PBS NOVA Full Episodes. Some on astronomy but lots on science. My favorite right now is "Absolute Zero" .
Kitt Peak programs may fall victim to the budget deficit axe.
From Phil Hosey:
Just wanted to share some new images with AAS. I finally managed to get that H-alpha filter and learned out to blend the H-alpha data into the RGB image. IĎve also begun using a different site to host my images. The new site is designed specifically for astronomical images and makes it very easy to include data about the image as well as search for images based on data. It also automatically plate-solves the images! The link to my page is http://astrobin.com/users/ross128
Hope to see everyone at this special meeting,