Auburn Astronomical Society E-Newsletter
In this Issue
We’ll hold our regular monthly meeting on Friday January 10, in room 215 of Davis Hall, the Aerospace Engineering Building, on the main campus of Auburn University. Among the items to be discussed, will be the proposed 2014 meeting / star gaze calendar. See the December 2013 Astrofiles for the reasons for the proposed changes.
Our next star party will be on the Saturday January 4 — the week before our delayed January meeting. (Also see John Tatarchuk's announcement below.)
January star party (& Earth at perihelion)
If you haven’t already taken care of this, AAS memberships ($20.00/$10.00 for full-time students) are due in January. Make checks payable to “Auburn Astronomical Society”. Families are covered with a single membership. If you’re unable to attend our January meeting, mail your dues to:
Auburn Astronomical SocietySpecial thanks to those members who do not attend on a regular basis but still want to help us out by paying AAS their membership dues.
Congratulations to AAS member, Bill Eisele for being awarded yet another telescope to his collection at this past summer’s Astronomical League Convention in Atlanta. See the complete article beginning on page 12 of the December 2013 issue of the Reflector.
We had a note from potential new member, John Goss, who wrote to express interest in our group. We look forward to meeting John soon.
Conecuh National Forest on Friday: Assuming the forecast holds for Friday night [January, 3], I'm planning on going observing at the Conecuh National Forest on FRIDAY evening. Right now, the forecast for Saturday night is still looking pretty bad for astronomy. It would be at the same spot, the dirt field at 31 06' 40"N 086 42' 26"W. Like I said, the weeds/trees grew up a bit, but still has plenty of room for lots of scopes, and pretty good horizons... just so long as you bring a tarp to set the scope on.
Anyway, I'm only reasonably confident I will go observing, as the forecast has to be pretty much 0% chance of cirrus, and Friday is still too far away to know if that will really happen or not.
Let John know
if you’re interested in going at: <email@example.com>
Jennifer Lolley has asked that we postpone her Forest Preserve group’s stargaze at Kiesel Park until February. We’ll plan on February 1, and February 8, as a cloud date.
Air Force Base Elementary and Middle School: A date in April
you be determined.
From Larry Owsley: 11 Science Facts That Seem More Like Science Fiction - http://huff.to/1eCZdeZ
Dark Matter May Have Already Been Found - http://huff.to/1fgMG12
Can Human Civilization Survive Forever? - http://huff.to/1fRACUz
Icy Alien Dust Links Ancient Famine To Celebrated Comet - http://huff.to/1cTI4On
China joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/14/5210042/china-successfully-lands-spacecraft-on-moon
First Alien Moon May Have Been Spotted - http://huff.to/1d3nECH
Light pollution article from National Geographic . http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/light-pollution/klinkenborg-text
Alien World May Lurk Closer Than Expected - http://huff.to/1dcQ9xO
From Laura K. Lincoln: NASA's Space Place is pleased to announce a new way to learn about science Space Place in a Snap! These brief, narrated stories are engaging and entertaining, and they come with a downloadable poster, too. Check it out: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-formation.
From John Wingard: Some may be interested in a series of video lectures online by Walter Lewin, professor emeritus of physics at MIT. They cover a variety of topics closely related to astronomy and are very informative. He also has a book out called "For The Love of Physics" which is very good. You can find the video lectures at http://web.mit.edu/physics/people/faculty/lewin_walter.html
"The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip". http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/the-suns-magnetic-field-is-about-to-flip/
Rod Mollise's “Used CAT (Schmidt Cassegrain/Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope) Buyer's Guide” 10th Edition is online (as a .pdf) http://skywatch.brainiac.com/used/index.htm
Apollo 8 photo recreated: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/nasa-re-creates-iconic-apollo-8-earthrise-45-years-later-2D11783463
Light pollution video on CBS (following some old news in the first 30 seconds). http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-bad-is-light-pollution/
Most of T. W. Webb's deep-sky objects from the collection of Webb Society observing books. http://home.comcast.net/~lsmch/WebbObjects-Tour.HTM