Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
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Our next dark-sky star party is scheduled for March 29. Watch for possible new dark sky site.
2 p.m. Opening of the W.
A. Gayle Planetarium 2.0
Our current AAS membership stands at 22 members. AAS memberships ($20.00/$10.00 for full-time students) were due in January. If 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.
Please welcome Wil Malone an AU student from Huntsville as our most recent new member. Jason Foley of Montgomery has requested that he be added to the e-mail list.
From Rodger Morrison: March 20 - Regulus Occultation by asteroid 163 Erigone: It's not quite in our observing area, but some might be interested in having a look anyway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywAENyB-ne4
SARA Convention: Neighbor and amateur radio astronomer, Dr. James Lauridson ask that I pass this along to our AAS members:
Would [AAS members] have any interest in attending the annual SARA conference in Green Bank, WV? We could drive together. The Radio Jove conference follows it and we would attend it also. It is a chance to get an insiders view of the big radio telescope, etc.Contact Jim via e-mail if you’re interested.
Well, our monthly stargaze was nearly a bust. Clouds set in just before sunset and did not let up until after 11pm. Wes Schwarz and I were the only two that showed, but we had a good time. Temps were cool, but were about 10 degrees on the low side of comfortable. Dew was not a serious issue, and seeing was not too bad either. Generally speaking, we spent much of our time tinkering with our hardware and not much time actually shooting images of anything. Wes spent much time getting his new 8” RC OTA up and running as he wants, but by the time he was shooting M51, the sun started lighting up the eastern sky. I was also shooting M51, and got in about an hour’s worth of data collection, so I hope I got something good. I’ll start processing later this week, as I have time. I also shot the Beehive with my 10” Newt, but my focal length was too long to do it justice. While it was cloudy, I spent some time doing something I never heard of anyone having to do. I had to adjust the focuser height adjustment set screws to make the focuser perpendicular to the OTA center bore. I noted during an earlier outing, that my imaging field was not evenly focused across corners SE to NW. This took about an hour of using a Bahtinov mask and waiting for starts to keep through clouds. I also spent about an hour or so fighting with getting my autoguider camera focused and finally gave up. I switched the guide camera to a different guidescope and all was well from there, at least for the evening.
As I told Wes, if I had known the clouds were going to be that bad, I probably would not have gone either, but the forecast said clear after 8pm, so I went. Oh well. Maybe next month will be better and we can be at a different place. I will be contacting the property owner again this week, and will keep you posted.
Lolley has asked that we try again to host her Forest Preserve group’s
stargaze at Kiesel
Park tentatively set for April 5. Also in the works are
a public stargazes for Wind Creek State Park near Alex City and
some Cub Scouts from Opelika. Please let Rhon
know if you can help with these.
HuffPo links courtesy of Larry Owsley:
Private Cargo Ship Makes Special Space Station Delivery - http://huff.to/1dfq7Kz
Physicists Weigh In On Stephen Hawking's New Black Hole Paper - http://huff.to/1eg73wg
Mysterious Object Sparks Lawsuit Against NASA - http://huff.to/1eh1OfN
'If My Idea Is Wrong, Physics Is Ultimately Doomed' - http://huff.to/1elljE1
Insane New Footage Of Edge-Of-Space Skydive - http://huff.to/1em9ZHN
The Transformation Of Technology Into Art - http://huff.to/1dBj7YB
Asteroid's Strange Interior Glimpsed For First Time Ever - http://huff.to/1fRXZxq
Mars Slammed By Space Rock - http://huff.to/1fUTguQ
Strange Wobbly World Spotted By NASA's Planet-Hunting Probe - http://huff.to/1fVD1Ol
Exotic Particles, Extra Dimensions May Await Discovery - http://huff.to/1eHuKhj
Mystery Of 'Doughnut' Rock Solved - http://huff.to/1f2P50F
Weird 'Cloud' Takes Astronomers By Surprise - http://huff.to/1eWLa5v
Space Agency Seeks 'Targets' For Ambitious Asteroid Mission - http://huff.to/1fjIxe4
Mystery Of Big Bang's Echo Solved? - http://huff.to/1fgp4ep
Planet's Giant Moon Like You've Never Seen Before - http://huff.to/1gI0i6M
Northern Lights On Ringed Planet Are Like 'Fireworks' - http://huff.to/1fgwPRz
Our Moon Like You've Never Seen Before - http://huff.to/1gNcSl7
Einstein's 'Lost Theory' Found Hiding In Plain Sight - http://huff.to/1hlmHqG
Weird New State Of Matter Discovered In Most Unlikely Place - http://huff.to/1fGEwR4
Weird Rock Renews Debate Over Life On Mars - http://huff.to/1fOdTK8
Elusive Black Hole Winds Much Stronger Than Once Thought - http://huff.to/1fSTW4S
Duncan Mask SCT Collimation <http://www.astrovox.gr/forum/download.php?id=17658&sid>
BBC News: Crystal
is 'oldest scrap of crust'
New York Times: It’s Snack Time in the Cosmos
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey with Neil De Grasse Tyson stepping in for Carl Sagan, this much anticipated program will hopefully be as much as watermark in space science education as was the original. Begins March 09 on the Fox Network. For more, link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Space-Time_Odyssey
From: Brian Combs: Mars. Note the clouds over Olympus Mons and Tharsis. http://www.bcastropics.com/img/gallery/3/2014-03-02-0657_9-RGB3-set_full.jpg
Seeing was excellent last night! Europa is seen to the right of the GRS: http://www.bcastropics.com/img/gallery/3/2014-02-17-0158_2-Jup_L_13_08_2012_101226-RGB6-set_full.jpg
Seeing was pretty good for a change when this 3 minute Mars image was made: http://www.bcastropics.com/img/gallery/3/Mars-02-17-14-080802-set_full.jpg
From Christopher Go: Jupiter’s Red Oval BA and Ganymede! Surface details can be seen in Ganymede. While the white center of Oval BA was resolved. Note the bright outbreak in the NEB. http://astro.christone.net/jupiter/
Charlie Rose: D-Wave Quantum Computer. http://charlierose.com/watch/60340046
Earth’s Water Come From? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LpgBvEPozk&sns=em
Remember the meeting date change,