In this Issue
our monthly meeting on Friday, July 12, at 7:45PM, in room
215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building. Our new
moon star party this month was rained out this past weekend.
Jul 12, Monthly
meeting at 7:45pm in room 215
of Davis Hall
Jul 24 – 27,
Astronomical League Convention
Aug 02, August
meeting, 7:45pm in room 215
of Davis Hall
Aug 10, Persied/Stargaze
with the Lee Co. Historical Society in Loachapoka
Persied meteor shower – best midnight-dawn
Oct 12, Tuskegee
Nov 23, Forest
Preserve fall stargaze
- I was recently elected to the Board of the Lee County Historical Society
(LCHS) - --we are the ones on the north side of Hwy 14 during the Loachapoka
Syrup Sop.... About 6 miles from Auburn.
Anyhow, I am
also president of the local archeology chapter; last year after having
a few problems meeting monthly on campus, we switched to meeting at Loachapoka
at the LCHS Trade Center building. Upon leaving after our meetings
I have often noticed how dark it is 'out there'... ( a mere 6 miles
to the Pres. of the LCHS last Sunday that maybe we could have a star-gazing
event at the complex one nite - or maybe just invite people to bring lawn
chairs to watch the meteor showers - . We have a large grassy ridge
and hilltop and almost a full view of the horizon for 360 degrees....
Anyhow - we
(LCHS) are wondering if the Astronomy Club or members might consider joining
us one evening as a public event --maybe talking about the stars and constellations
- or the moon one weekend.... I think it would be great for both
sets of memberships. And we could most likely get the mayor of Loachapoka
to support a little advertising -- he is on our Board.
A few of us
discussed maybe having an informal viewing for the Perseids in August.
It would be hard to charge guests for access since they could just as easily
sit in the park across the street, but perhaps if we had a speaker or telescopes
for viewing... A very minimum charge - if at all - just to get a different
set of people - for both of us. Or we could be selling drinks.... Not really
a money -making affair as much as a "come out and see who we are" event....
I see where
one of your members, VP Alan Screws is from Loachapoka.... Maybe
LCHS and the Astronomy Club can benefit from a partnership - you
have a dark sky at our place and we learn a little more about the night
sky -- and we both enjoy an evening outside--after- hours!
me if you are interested.
has offered to coordinate this event. Please
let Allen know if you can help with this. Allen wrote:
met and talked with Teresa about 30 mins. at the historical society building(the
reddish building next to the P.O.). There is a pretty good observing
site right behind the building. She would like to have a star party/meteor
observing session on the Perseid night or as near to it as weather permits.
She also mentioned that the site might be avialable for club use.
She is checking with the historical society for final plans. I will
try to remember to e-mail her this week for any updates. I mentioned
that you and possibly others might be able to help out. I also pointed
out the best meteor observing would be in the early a.m. hours.
Allen will have
the details at our meeting. We also have the Tuskegee Airmen Stargaze
scheduled for October 12th and our Forest Preserve
fall stargaze is set for November 23rd.
From John Zachry:
NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of
our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles on July
19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary
portrait as it is being taken. http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20040618/
Pastorett: If you can get beyond the accent, this is a cool 17 minute
video of the 3D near-sky universe
in a form which you may not have seen before. http://vimeo.com/66641648
is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic
sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and
ISS solar transit composite image
I took a video
of the ISS transiting the sun from my backyard in Clinton Twp. MI on 6/19/13
at 5:22PM, The transit was all of 1 second long so I decided to try to
make a composite from that video!
This is my
first real shot at making a composite image so I hope you all like
been trying to get a solar transit from my backyard for 3 yrs now and EVERYTIME
I get within a few hours the orbit shifts just a bit and NO MORE solar
transit for me! Well the same thing happened this time except that
I went to check about an hour before it was to happen and the orbit was
back on track for me to see it! Needless to say I had a very very
short time to setup and get all my equipment ready and with about ten minutes
to spare I had everything set to go. Here
is my image.
I am not sure
if anyone would be interested or not, but I am now selling some of my astrophotography
as works of art. I created an online art gallery at http://www.artistrising.com/galleries/rmorrison_astronomy.
Folks can buy my works there also, and pick out frames, etc.
magazine “East Alabama Living” recently ran an article that featured a
number of my photos, but I don’t have a copy of it to show. If anyone
in the Auburn/East Alabama area can get a copy of it, that would be great.
on the website).
only be 100 total prints each astrophoto (regardless of size – only 100
total prints). Each photo is numbered on the back, and an additional
numbering label is included on the back paper of framed copies as well.
Included with each print, regardless of whether or not it is framed, will
be a signed certificate of authenticity (also numbered), that includes
the technical details of the imaging session, the target, and some other
information (what I typically include in my mailing list). Tentative
pricing is as follows (for these and any other of my photos):
5 x 7
Print only: $10, Professionally matted and framed: $30
only: $15, Professionally matted and framed: $45
only: $25, Professionally matted and framed: $75
only: $50, Professionally matted and framed: $150
Also, the magazine
“East Alabama Living” recently ran an article that featured a number of
my photos, but I don’t have a copy of it to show. If anyone in the
Auburn/East Alabama area can get a copy of it, that would be great.
on the website < http://www.eastalabamaliving.com/>).
Hope to see
everyone at the meeting,