Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
Saturn Gaze: Saturday, January 3, W.A. Gayle Planetarium. (See details below)
January Meeting: Because of the conflict with the New Year holiday weekend, we’ll hold our January meeting on the second Friday of the new year, January 9, at the usual location of room 215 of the Aerospace Engineering building, at 8:00 PM. Bring your new astro-toys that Santa left for you for the “Show & Tell” segment of our meeting.
Star Party: Saturday January 24, at Cliff Hill’s farm.
On Saturday night, January 3, 2004, we are going to have a special event at the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, to observe Saturn. Saturn is going to be as closer to the Earth than it has been for the past 30 Years, and as close as it will be for the next 30 Years.
In the event that clouds preclude telescopic viewing,
the telescope clinic and planetarium feature will go on as scheduled.
On Saturday December 20, AAS members and friends: Eddie Kirkland, and his friend Karl Wiggins and daughter Tamora, Russell Whigham, and John Tatarchuk braved freezing temperatures to take advantage of the clear winter sky. Seeing was less than perfect, but transparency was very good, affording excellent views of the winter open star clusters and the always breath taking, Orion Nebula. As usual, John was picking off invisible Abell planetaries with his 18-inch, while the rest of us are quite satisfied with the Messier and NGC objects above. Four hours in the cold was all the fun I could stand, but Eddie and John stayed much later.
The Auburn Astronomical Society has recently registered the domain name, “http://www.auburnastro.org”. At this time, entering this URL will simply redirect to the user to the original Mindspring address. This satisfies two issues:
1) It affords your Webmaster the flexibility changing ISPs if problems arise, andPlease let me know if you have problems with the new address.
Members of the Auburn Astronomical Society for 2004 as of December 27, 2003 are:
Mr. John Zachry, Secretary/TreasurerMake checks payable to: Auburn Astronomical Society. You can save the postage and bring your dues to the meeting. For questions about your dues or membership status, contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,