Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
Meeting Date Changes
Our monthly meetings will rarely be on the first Friday of the month anymore and then only by coincidence. At the January meeting, the new 2014 calendar proposed by Rodger Morrison (planned around avoiding New Moon meeting dates that would preclude missing good star party nights), was adopted by a vote of the members present. A link to the 2014 Events has been added just below the FAQ link on the AAS navigation menu.
In this Issue
We’ll hold our regular monthly meeting on Friday February 21, in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building, on the main campus of Auburn University.
Our next star party, originally scheduled for February 01 in conjunction with the Forest Preserve Stargaze at Kiesel Park, has been rescheduled for Feb. 8.
- February 01, Wetumpka
Crater Lecture & Tours
If you haven’t already taken care of this, AAS memberships ($20.00/$10.00 for full-time students) were due in January. Make checks payable to “Auburn Astronomical Society”. Families are covered with a single membership. If you’re unable to attend our February meeting, mail your dues to:
Auburn Astronomical SocietyIf you’re not sure if you’ve paid already, check the “Members” link on the navigation menu. If your name is "grayed out", we have not received your 2014 dues. If you have questions, e-mail John Zachry to resolve the discrepancy.
I had heard that membership in the AAS also assures membership in the greater Astronomical League. Is this true? Scott Carnahan and I wished to participate in their observation programs and membership is a requirement.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Robert Fuller wrote:
I have a new project, of course it may take me a bit to finish. I really liked Rodger's portable observatory the first time we went out. I have noticed that with the new scope, the two times I have been able to get outside with it at the house, I could use something along those lines. So, I went out looking. I think there's a few options that wouldn't take much but would greatly improve my backyard observing.
Jennifer Lolley has asked that we host her Forest Preserve group’s stargaze at Kiesel Park this month. We had planned on February 1, but clouds seem likely, so we’ll go with February 8, cloud date.
The address for Kiesel Park is 520 Chadwick Lane, Auburn, Alabama 36832. The number out there – I am assuming for the caretaker is 334-501-2930. My cell is 334-707-6512 if anyone is lost and needs help with directions.
Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary and Middle School: A date in April yet be determined.
Supernova in M99 galaxy
NASA's New Robot Shows Its Versatility - http://huff.to/1eiZyDT
Dobson a good report on John’s accomplishments in Sky&Telescope
STAR PARTY, May 25-31, 2014 near Ft Davis, Texas.
2014 Midsouth Stargaze, Rainwater Observatory & Astronomy Conference March 26-29
Sky & Telescope
course on RegiStax 6
Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Spied By Revived Space Telescope - http://huff.to/1cKIQwh
Exactly How Big Is The Universe? Now We Know - http://huff.to/1d2DPjZ
Private Cargo Ship Makes Special Space Station Delivery - http://huff.to/1dfq7Kz
Theory Says Our Universe Has No Beginning
Moon Dust Mystery Solved With Help Of Old Apollo Data - http://huff.to/1cGv1vp
Giant Telescope Snaps Killer Views Of Cosmic Dust Factory- http://huff.to/1cHSzA1
Well, I was finally able to contact the owner of the Sehoy Airport near Hurtsboro, AL. Her name is Ms. Williams and she lives in LaGrange, GA. I had a nice chat with her, but unfortunately, she was reluctant to want to give us permission to access the airport after dark for our stargazes. During my chat with her, she revealed that she herself has a telescope (a Meade) and has really enjoyed it, but she has not been able to get out much this winter. I invited her to our club web site, and she wanted to know if there was any contact information for her there. I pointed her to the right place online and invited her to attend our star gazes with her telescope, anytime she feels up to it. So, after a couple of months of trying… The Sehoy airport is out. I’ll continue my search for a new location, in the blue zone areas within about 20-50 miles north and south of Auburn.
I know of a few church friends in that area that meet in rural and (mostly) unlit churches, so I plan to start calling them as well. I’ll keep you and the others posted of course.
More as it
Wes and I were the only ones that showed from the club [for the January 25 star party]. A friend of mine that lives in Auburn came by for a couple of hours also. Skies were clear, breeze was almost negligible, and there was no dew at all. Temp got down to about freezing by midnight, and I have to be somewhere in the morning, so I packed it in. Wes is staying a while longer yet, but not sure how long.
I wanted to let you know about Mr. Hill. Just as I got there, his “care-giver” arrived (Maria), and we had a chance to chat for a minute. It seems that Mr. Hill’s health took a turn for the worse about a year ago, when he had some sort of medical emergency.
short on Mr. Hill. Our efforts to find another view site just got
bumped up my priority list of things to do. I spoke with Wes about
it at length and we both think that the Planesmen
RC field would be our best bet to check on first. I will try
to go by there soon (possibly this week) to check out what it looks like
after dark. Wes also has a lead on being able to use the Horseshoe
Bend National Military Park. They used to have an astronomy club
there years ago, but it disbanded and no one has been there since.
The person he emailed with seemed enthused about the possibility of another
group being there, but we have not committed anything yet. Both the
RC park and Horseshoe Bend are in solid “blue zones”, but Wes and I both
like the idea of being south of Auburn rather than NW of it better.
There are quite a few good targets that rarely get above the horizon to
the south, but everything to the north is at least 32 degrees above the
horizon at least part of the year.
Chuck Lewis has offered to let us use his property in Lowndes County about 22 miles west of Montgomery. If you know of a suitable site, please let Rodger know.
Remember the meeting date change,