In this Issue
|June Meetings||May Star Party|
|Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve Star Party||Member News|
|Laurel Highlands Star Cruise - 2001||On the Tube|
|On the Web|
This month's regular meeting will be on Friday, June 1, at 8:00 PM, in room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering Building.
Our June star party will be on Friday/Saturday June 22/23 at Cliff Hill's farm. This is one day after a New moon, Summer Solstice, Mars opposition, and a total solar eclipse (in Africa). With all of this going on, I’m sure the loonies will forecast the end of the world (again) if they get wind of it. We’ll schedule the star party anyway.
Mark Pratt’s suggestion to schedule our
star parties for Friday/Saturday really paid off. We had a very good
night and an excellent turn-out on the Friday star party. Attending
For our musical entertainment, we had “Whip-Poor-Will and the Pond Frogs”. We observed all of the spring and summer showpieces. Highlights included Omega Centaurii and the “new” object for the evening, the Bug Nebula.
Four of us stayed until 1:45 AM. We never had a really good look at Mars -- the seeing was pretty terrible, but we had good-excellent transparency so there was no problem on the deep-sky stuff.
It started raining Saturday afternoon and was
still raining Saturday night. Thanks again for the suggestion, Mark.
On Saturday 26, at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve just north of Auburn, AAS members, Rhon Jenkins, Allen Screws, David Newton, and Russell Whigham hosted a star party for about 40 facility visitors. As we waited for dark, we gave descriptive overviews of the different telescopes represented. Despite some low, fast moving clouds, visitors queued up at the telescopes for views of the four-day-old Moon, binary stars, a couple of galaxies, and M-13. For many, it was the first look through “a real telescope”. All seemed to enjoy the evening and we may even have picked up a couple of new members. Thanks Dr. Louise Turner for allowing us to drive through her yard to reach the observing site by vehicle and to Margaret Holler for coordinating the event.
From: Mark Moe firstname.lastname@example.org
We moved a bit farther north to Madison, Wisconsin. I am pretty excited about the level of amateur astronomers up here. Along with several observatories, there is a great amateur club here that maintains a permanent site with several domes and scopes. If you get a chance, check out the url. http://www.madisonastro.org/
Was I ever surprised when I pulled up your Astronomy Day info in the AAS E-Newsletter and found you had included me in your statements!! I have just started a new job here at Selma Baptist Hospital and now have a computer! So now I can check on you guys and gals on a regular basis.
The more than 560 members of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) invite you to attend the third annual "Laurel Highlands Star Cruise", June 14 - 17, 2001.
Star Cruise 2001 will be held at a new, darker site this year, the Pine Hill Campground, just off I-68 near Hazelton, West Virginia (USA). Guest speakers from the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, the Eros Project, FUSE, area universities and the AAAP, among others; special activities; big telescopes; a food caterer, a swap table; and a fine selection of vendors are planned. This is a tremendous dark-sky site. We still hope dark sky photos will soon be available on our Website for your perusal. However, the weather and our schedules sure haven't been cooperating. The presentations are centered around Solar System topics with Mars and NEAR being emphasized, but there is also a Hubble Update that will detail deep sky exploration.
DOOR PRIZES NOW TOP THE $2,200 MARK.
CHECK THE WEBSITE TO SEE NUMBER OF BIG SCOPES THAT ARE COMING.
There are a lot of area attractions for the non-astronomer (detailed on our Website), so bring the whole family.
Please visit our Website for more details. Hope to see you at Star Cruise 2001.
Terry N. Trees, Ph.D., Past President
ABC World News Tonight Story on the Need for
Peter Jennings, ABC News did a spectacular in-depth news story as part of the ABC Evening News on Wednesday evening (May 16).
Explore one of the most important questions of the new century: what is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization? The companion site will provide in-depth information about ecosystems around the world as well as updates on their status, information about how you can take action to help save the planet and more. http://pbs.org/earthonedge/ (Scheduled launch date: Friday, June 1 PBS National Feed
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Rukl's Atlas of the Moon
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Hope to see everyone at the meeting,