Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
We’ll hold our monthly meeting on Friday, December 7, 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.
Our dark-sky star party this month will be on Saturday, December 15, at Cliff Hill’s farm.
Dec. 07, Monthly
meeting in room 215
of Davis Hall
We had to push-back our planned stargazes with Tuskegee Airmen NHS and Forest Ecology Preserve, due to their busy schedules. We’ll try again after the new year. But, we ARE still on for next Tuesday’s (December 11) visit with the Webelos Stargaze for Cub Scouts in Montgomery at 6:30, at St. James Methodist Church on Vaughn Road, in east Montgomery. Please let me know if you can help with your telescope. See the November Astrofiles for the requirements for their Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin. We’ll begin with an indoor talk about how the sky works and the tools astronomers use to study the sky before going out to the telescopes in the field behind the church. I think we should plan to arrive by 6:00. Jupiter should be high enough to view, we can share some binary stars and an excellent ISS pass. Here's a map and a Campus Diagram sent by den leader, Allen Gilbert.
From: Amy Stewart
(via Wayne Wooten): Hawking And Thorne: Black Holes
From Rick Evans AND John Wingard
On the 12th
anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International
Space Station, NASA announced Friday a new service to help people see the
orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. "Spot the Station" will send
an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours
before they will be able to see the space station.
McCuiston (via Wayne Wooten):
From: Amy Stewart
(via Wayne Wooten): Wonderful New Star Map Program From Google
On a recent C-SPAN2 interview with Ray Kurzweil, I was intrigued by this man’s brilliance, so I Googled him in [Wikipedia] and learned of the “spoken articles” Wikipedia has online, a technology he developed. Here are the spoken articles in the Physics and Astronomy section — if you like to learn with your eyes closed.
My neighbor, Dr. James Lauridson, recently shared his attempts at combining astronomy and amateur radio. He achieved the results below using a hand-held antenna pointed at the ISS. He wrote:
I have been working on receiving and eventually transmitting signals to the ISS. Although this is not exactly astronomy, it is near space. There was a great ISS pass his morning at 4:55 AM.
New member, Scott A. Cook from LaGrange. Scott must have been a very good boy this year. His wife has surprised him with a pair of 20X80 binoculars and tripod. Can’t wait to have a look.
Subscription & Renewal
I sent out club subscriptions for Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines today. Only had 4 members for Astronomy magazine but at October meeting we decided to order extra subscription and make it a "Door Prize" for each meeting.
Hope to see you at the meeting,