Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
September 2013

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Events Calendar Public Stargazes Web Links Member News

Events Calendar

There will be NO September meeting.  To add to AU’s influx of football fans, the City of Auburn is hosting a music festival downtown Friday night.  Since parking will be next to impossible anywhere near our usual place, and with another home game the following week, Rhon has made the difficult decision to cancel the meeting.  We tried three other venues, but none worked for this month.  We’ll try again in October, but at a different location to be announced.

Our September new moon star party will be the next evening Sep. 07, at Cliff Hill’s farm. There will be a night game at AU.  The athletic department will be giving a light pollution demonstration clinic until about midnight, so you’ll have to wait to see anything rising in the NE.

Sep 06, NO Monthly meeting (see above)
Sep 07, New moon star party at Cliff Hill’s farm
Sep 22, Autumnal equinox
Sep 29 – Oct 06, Peach State Star Gaze
Oct 04, Monthly meeting – location TBA
Oct 05 (?), Frank Ward’s son's scout troop wants a stargaze in Lowndes County
Oct 05 or Nov 2, Darkest Alabama sky star party at Conecuh National Forest. (see below)
Oct 12, Tuskegee Airmen stargaze 
Oct 30–Nov 03, Deep South Regional Star Gaze 
Dec 07 or 14, Forest Preserve fall stargaze

Public Stargazes

Lee County Historical Society Stargaze Review

Allen Screws addressed the Lee County Historical Society Saturday morning speaking on amateur astronomy with emphasis on the Perseid meteor shower.  That  evening, the Allen, Rodger, and I arrived at the field behind the museum in Loachapoka around sunset with our  telescopes.  Persistent clouds, high humidity, and nearby lighting stymied our attempts at observing.  Only brief views of Saturn and a few other objects were seen by a few visitors. 

Frank Ward’s son's Scout Troop stargaze in Lowndes County on October 5 ?

Tuskegee Airmen Stargaze scheduled for October 12 

Forest Preserve fall stargaze that had originally been planned for November 23, needs to be rescheduled for December 7 or 14.  

Web Links

APOD: 2013  April 24 - Wringing a Wet Towel in Orbit

From John Zachry:  Interesting website about free Meteor Counter App.
ScienceCasts: Tracking Meteoroids - YouTube


Member News

John Tatarchuk on October Observing

I was thinking that maybe we could plan a another trip down to the Conecuh National Forest again this October (or maybe November) new moon?  On my way through the area last year, I visited the old observing site (the sand field at  31 06' 39"N, 086 42' 26"W) and it's still a good observing site- it's got a few more weeds and the saplings are a little taller, but it will be usable still for many years to come.  I haven't had the opportunity to go back since, however- other than the Mary Olive and Astronomy Day events, I haven't been able to use my telescope since last November.  

October is usually a good time, but new moon weekend is pretty early this October (Saturday, October 5), so that might be a bit before the normal cold front pattern settles in.  Maybe we could plan for a backup date of Saturday, November 2, in case the October date is clouded in.

Anyway, what do you think?

I repiled:

Your timing is excellent.  There was a discussion about this at [the August] meeting that generated a good bit of interest.  We MAY have a scout stargaze that weekend in Lowndes County but the date hasn't been confirmed.