Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
our monthly meeting on Friday, August 2, 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.
* We’ll be competing for parking space with AU football tailgaters on the first two Fridays in September. The 20th is the first “away” game weekend. Let’s talk about this at the meeting.
Allen Screws will address the Lee County Historical Society Saturday morning speaking on amateur astronomy with emphasis on the Perseid meteor shower. Then, in the evening, the rest of our volunteers should arrive around sunset (7:30pm), with telescopic observing starting around 8:30 in the field behind the museum in Loachapoka. Thanks to our host, LCHS board member Teresa Paglione, for this [MAP]. Please let Allen know if you can help with your telescope. Allen will have all the details at our meeting.
Frank Ward’s son's Scout Troop stargaze in Lowndes County on October 5
Tuskegee Airmen stargaze scheduled for October 12
fall stargaze is set for November 23
This video update gives you a report on Curiosity’s discovery of a habitable environment near the landing site in Gale Crater on Mars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GH56wMh3FZg
If just the number of moons can justify planetary status, Pluto is now four ahead of us, and five ahead of Mercury and Venus. Check out the latest on its moons. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Introducing-Kerberos-and-Styx-214018041.html
is a cubesat to be launched in September which will inflate a 21 meter
(70 ft) wide titanium dioxide coated balloon to drag de-orbit itself at
end of mission, resulting in a three week duration 0 magnitude object:
Here’s a local online observatory in Freeport FL that has 20” & 14” Meade telescopes as well as 60 mm & 90 mm Coronado Solar telescope. Go on line to register and view any of the telescope images at nwfobservatory.com.
At mag. 12.4, this supernova is within reach of most of our telescopes! http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Supernova-Erupts-in-Messier-74-217327171.html. Google “finder Chart for M-74” for good finder charts.
ISS Passes next Week
Monday evening, Aug 5 rising in the SW at 8:48PMCDT, overhead at 8:51, and disappearing over the NE horizon at 8:53. http://www.heavens-above.com/gtrack.aspx?satid=25544&Session=kebgfbegjbefpidolkflblnd&mjd=56510.0768487616
Tuesday evening, Aug 6 rising in the SW at 8:00PMCDT, overhead at 8:02, and disappearing over the NE horizon at 8:04. http://www.heavens-above.com/gtrack.aspx?satid=25544&Session=kebgfbegjbefpidolkflblnd&mjd=56511.0431169676
You may remember that when Maggie Murphy joined AAS, she told us that she was building her own telescope including the mirror. I wrote Maggie and asked:
I was wondering if you could give us a demonstration for a meeting. Do folks still use the Foucault tester for the mirror? If so do you have this set up somewhere or could you bring it and any other tools you've used, to a meeting?Maggie replied:
I really appreciate the Society being interested in my telescope endeavor. I would love to share this adventure with you all, and could use any advice / insight you're willing to give! I am going back home to New Hampshire this Wednesday until the 21st of August. If there is still a meeting on the first Friday of September, I'd be more than happy to show the progress I've made so far. I believe rough grinding was completed using silica carbide grit #80 and thereafter I moved on to sizes #120, #180 & #220. The last couple of weeks my mirror has been placed under school in the list of priorities, (sad but necessary) and I have yet to finish the fine grinding with Aluminum oxide.
Thanks for offering to do this for us. I'm not sure about a date right now, but we definitely want to do this. Our Friday night meetings and tailgaters have to compete for parking spaces on football weekends in the fall. We'll talk about this at the meeting and I'll let you know if you have to put studies ahead of the meeting this Friday evening.
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,