Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
We’ll hold our August meeting on Friday, August 5, at 7:45PM, in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building. One lane of West Magnolia (where we enter the parking lot) will (may be) be closed for maintenance. Wright Street may be our best parking alternative if you can’t get to the usual parking lot behind Davis Hall.
We’ll resume our dark-sky star parties in the fall.
Aug. 04, Waxing
crescent moon passes seven degrees south of Saturn
Hubble's Fine Guidance Sensors were used to refine the orbit of Pluto and its [then] 3 moons. Pluto is also in retrograde at the moment (until September) and this year will likely be the last, for quite some time (beyond our lifetimes), to be able to view it using [most] ground-based amateur scopes. New Horizons will be reaching Pluto in 2015.
Please join me in welcoming our most recent member, Jeff Elliott, from Dothan. It’s been a while since we’ve had members from the Wiregrass. We look forward to seeing Jeff soon at our meetings and star parties.
has sent some of his astro
images. David also had a photo of the recent lunar eclipse published
in the O-A News. Good work, Dave!
Chad K. Ellington, IOTA Secretary/Treasurer, wrote:
I'll be moving into Montgomery the first couple weeks of August. ...I'm hoping to teach an evening astronomy course over at Auburn @ Montgomery in the Fall and would like to have information on meetings for students to earn extra credit by attending as well. You may also deduce from my signature line below that I am involved in asteroid occultations and could give a brief introduction to these events at a meeting...schedule permitting.I replied:
We would certainly welcome your program on IOTA and occultation timings. Our last attempt at this was back in 1983 (see the AAS History page for 1983), and I still consider it one of my high points in the hobby. We hope you'll consider being part of our group.
One of the advantages of being a part of AAS is the extensive knowledge base of our membership. For me, the best part of the meetings are the discussions that follow our programs. I would like to propose a segment of a meeting, or an entire program from time to time if there’s enough interest, for astro-posers.
Here are a
couple of my questions:
Hope to see everyone at the meeting,