Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
Weíll hold our monthly meeting on Friday, March 2, at 7:45PM, in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building. 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.
March 2, Monthly
meeting, 7:45PM, in room
215 of Davis Hall.
($20.00/$10.00 for full-time students) were due in January. AAS members
who are current on their 2012 dues are:
If you donít see your name above, and have just let this slip your mind, please make your check payable to ďAuburn Astronomical SocietyĒ. Families are covered with a single membership. If youíre unable to attend the meeting, mail your dues to:
Auburn Astronomical Society
Astronomy Day 2012 will be on Saturday, April 28, at the W. A. Gayle Planetarium. Planetarium director, Rick Evans, wrote to say that plans are changing on a daily basis; now the Digital Full Dome demonstration [for TSU administrators and City of Montgomery officials] will be on the Friday before Astronomy Day so we won't be able to show it on Astronomy Day after all.
Chad Ellington has volunteered to give a presentation geared to the lay audience, and as always, AAS will offer telescopic viewing of the Moon and planets.
At our February meeting, Rhon read a copy of a letter from Dr. Michael Patton, (University of Montevallo Astronomy Club) to the Mayor of Montgomery. In it, Dr. Patton cited what an asset that the planetarium was to Montgomery, and detailed the lengths to which Rick Evans has gone to make that happen. Weíre glad that Rickís efforts were finally and formally recognized.
I've scheduled a Solar System Stroll at the Alabama Nature Center on Sunday March 18th from 1-5pm. If the club is interested in helping me out in any, it would be much appreciated. Here's a little synopsis of what I've got planned: 1 kilometer scale model of our Solar System. Borrow a guidebook on where to find various planets/ spacecraft around the trail system of the Alabama Nature Center. Hands-on activities under/near the pavilion include: sorting Solar System images, sorting the Earth/Moon historical timeline, constructing a pocket Solar System, solar telescope viewing, making an origami wrist sundial and making/launching stomp rockets.
I still need some stomp rockets built...these are fun and we could always fire them off behind Davis Hall after the meeting for fun. Those attending the meeting could bring old calendars/heavy card stock and a few empty 2-liter bottles to help out with this.
the guidebook I mentioned above to give you an idea of what I'm working
on. I plan on having several laminated versions of this on hand for borrowing
as well as a few copies for public 'consumption'.
Also attached is a file of what kinds of things I want to have on hand and where. As you can see it will be difficult, if not impossible, for one person to handle it all. Also attached is the Google Earth .kmz file for showing where objects will be found.
I'm working with Rebecca Bearden at AL Nature Center on this. She wants to add more outdoor education programs to the Wildlife Center's repertoire so I'm trying to have this developed into a detailed package so she can run it (with Auburn Astronomical Society) in the future. SolarSystemStroll.pdfALNatureCenter.kmz
Get to know our newest members, Scott & Rebecca Carnahan at their Who R We page,
Jennifer Lolley, Outreach Administrator at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve writes: I would love to schedule some astronomy nights for the year for the Forest Ecology Preserve. One in late spring- March? Not sure about the new moon dates. And one in the late fall.
I found this (that Einstein may be correct about the speed of light after all) but was waiting for some corroboration from the domestic news sources.
interferometer is no longer funded by NASA. Here is more on the
future of high resolution optical interferometry from a new S&T news
Cloudy Nights just published William Paoliniís Best 1.25" wide angle eyepiece comparisons review. The Cloudy Nights online version is:
Brian Combs' Mars image
Twin tails of comet 2009 P1 Garrard
Itís not too
early to begin preparation for the June 05, Transit
of Venus. The transit will begin in late (Tuesday) afternoon
just before 5:05PM when the Sun is only about 35 degrees above the western
horizon. The full silhouette of Venusí disk will be visible about 17 minutes
later at 5:22. Sunset is at 7:48 so weíll only be treated to less
that half of the full event. Obviously weíll need a near perfect
western horizon and some really good luck with the clouds. Be sure
to get your solar filter if you donít already have one. Just Google
solar filterĒ and donít forget our friends
down in Pensacola. Iím a big fan of the Baader solar filter.
Hoping to see everyone at the meeting,