ACA Calendar of Events
2012-13
Encourage your family to study astronomy!

Helpful Information about Refreshments and Programs



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!

June 29, Friday, 7:00 PM at ASU
Moonrise 15:29 Set 01:22 Lunar.


Several short presentations and discussion for your enjoyment:

2 minute talk: M.McCoy: ACA Website Q&A Page
2 minute talk: S.Howard: Transit of Venus Experience
2 minute talk: J.White: Transit of Venus Math
2 minute talk: M.Moffatt Mare Imbrium
2 minute talk: J.White: Go To Telescope Demonstration
2 minute talk: M.Moffatt: ALCON: July 4-7 in Chicago and summary of national star parties

Club Business: Annual Awards
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)
Refreshments: Gary Osburn
Lunar observing after the meeting


June Minutes




Club Star Gaze
July 14, Saturday, 8:00PM at NMR-DSO
Moon rise: 0140 Moon Set: 1604 Dark sky.

Sign up ahead for telescope help session at 6:30PM,
so you can spend your time enjoying the view after dark.

We will look for
Circumpolar constellations, Arc to Arcturus and Speed on to Spica, Mars, Saturn,
Dschubba, Antares, Shaula, Lesath, the Steaming Teapot, center of the Milky Way Galaxy,
The Summer Triangle, Hercules, Ophiuchus, Scutum
More galaxies, clusters, and nebulas,
Albireo and other beautiful double stars.

Bring what you can of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, Messier list.
but most of all, bring yourself!
Wear socks & shoes.
Punch and cookies

July Minutes



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!

August 10, Friday, 7:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moon rise: 0000 Moon Set: 1353 Dark Sky.

Hosts: John White & Kenneth Beard
Program: Astronomy Movie Night: IMAX@ Hubble

"In May 2009, the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope,
the world's first space-based optical telescope.
An IMAX@ camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required, (inspire your children with these spacewalks!)
as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle's mechanical arm -
- and an unexpected problem that could sabotage the entire mission.
This breathtaking material is combined with images taken during the 20 years Hubble has been aloft.
Through advanced computer visualization, its detailed data becomes a series of scientifically realistic flights unfolding on screen
like a guided tour of the universe, through time and space."

2 minute talk: M.Moffatt: Mare Humorum

Refreshments: Mike McCoy
Lunar Observing on the lawn after the meeting

Bring binocs, scopes, planisphere.


Annual Club Picnic, Star Gaze, Perseid Meteor Count, & Vesta Fiesta!
August 18-19, Saturday,
7:00 PM to Sunday 6:30 AM Waffle Breakfast, at NMR-DSO
Moon rise: 0652 Set: 1933 Dark sky

Rain or Shine!

Wear socks & shoes, pants.
Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Lunar or Messier list,
lounge chair, sleepbag, towel, bug spray, tea table.
The ACA will provide the Meat and condiments, via chief chef, John White.
Please bring a sidedish to share: salad or veggies.

Prep your food ahead, take an afternoon nap, and come hungry!

Make your plans for a great time to get to know each other, share astronomy experiences,
Observe dim fuzzies, group count the Perseids until Waffle Breakfast at 6:30AM.
Study Cygnus and M29 near Sadr (See Sky&Telescope pp.58,63, Stellarium)
Observe Vesta before dawn near Jupiter

Sign up now. Bring your whole family! - Get in on a great experience.
Signed up so far: S&T Howard: setup,pickles, JWhite: meat & condiments, KBeard: soft drinks, ice, M&KMcCoy: Potato salad, M&E,C,BMaurer: Macaroni salad, D,K Valentine: salad, baked beans, corn pudding, JRodriguez&2sons: Napa cabbage salad, Friend&2sons: _, D&MLVine: utensils&napkins, M&BBush: lettuce & v.onions, LLee: grilled plantains, PNoisworthy: butterfly rolls & butter, MMoffatt: veggie salad, ice, .



Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82, August 25, 2012. More articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Informal AL Lunar Observing, Aug 29, Wed.7PM, NMR-DSO

August Minutes
August Minutes with photos


DAWN leaves Vesta for Ceres, Sept 5, 2012 (postponed from Aug.26). Arrives 2015.



Club Star Gaze
September 15, Saturday,
7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0540 Set 1805 Dark sky.

Wear socks, shoes, pants.
Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Messier list,
Observe the Milky Way Galaxy, Fall Constellations, great stars, clusters, and nebula.

5:00 PM IOMN & SEED Volunteers come early to finalize our projects.
6:00 PM Officers' Meeting
6:30 PM Combined light supper.



Monthly Meeting, and IOMN = International Observe the Moon Night The Public is invited!

September 22 , this Saturday, 6:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise: 1315 Set: 2343 Lunar.
Light supper for attendees, fcfs


Program: Apollo 11

a lunar documentary, designed to inspire you and your children!

Prizes awarded for answers to Observing Questions: Stan Howard

2 minute talk: John White: Mare Serenitatis and Telescope Resources
Refreshments: Mark Diles


IOMN - Lunar Observing on the Lawn, after the meeting, 7-10 PM

Bring YOURSELF!
Bring what you have of binoculars, telescopes, planisphere, AL Lunar list.
IOMN Volunteers: Please check the September 15 Minutes above.

Sept. 15, Sept. 22 Minutes



ACA Solar Observing on the Lawn and DAWN Mission to Vesta and Ceres
for SEED and National Astronomy Day

October 13 , Saturday, 10AM-3PM, on the lawn at RPSEC The Public is invited!

Have it both ways: Focus on the SUN! and out to the Asteroids!
Wear socks, shoes, light clothing to cover, hat, sun block.

For SEED volunteers.




Members, please check off your IDA BoD votes.
Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A 2012
How We Landed on Mars

Oct.20-21 Orionid Meteor Shower


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
October 26, Friday,
7:00 PM at RPSEC
Moonrise 15:49 set 0343, Lunar, Jupiter GRS 23.02+/-2.5hrs


Program: Aerospace Photography and Astrophotography

Photography of NASA sites, spacecraft, up-close live rocket launches, a recent astronomical video,
and some practical tips by

Speaker: Hap Griffin

is an experienced, professional astrophotographer. He is a long time member of the Midlands Astronomy Club, Columbia, SC,
and spoke to our club at NMR six years ago. He is back! with more beauties, and more tips to help you make pretty pictures.
Come and see, come and get good ideas!


SEED results, Calendar update
2-minute Children's presentations
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)
2-minute talk: M.Moffatt: Mare Frigoris
New Member Orientation, Q&A

Refreshments on the Lawn: Kenneth Beard
Lunar Observing, after the meeting.
Bring binocs, telescopes, cameras, AL Lunar list.

October Minutes October 26 Minutes
Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A


Club Star Gaze
November 10, this Saturday, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0308 Set 1504 Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 20:23+/-2.5hrs

5:00 PM: IMAX Movie Night: Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon
a docu-drama narrated by Tom Hanks
designed to inspire you and your children!

5:45 PM: Light Supper and Discussion
Tour the Breezeway Solar System
Order your subscription to: Sky & Telescope: $23.00/yr, Astronomy Magazine: $30.00/yr
See Oct.26 Minutes for details.
a great gift in time for the holidays!
Lost & Found: LED flashlight, sm. red cone flashlight, green laser pointer, red laser pointer, bug spray:
Please claim from Stan.


6:15 PM: Dark Sky Observing
With winter dark coming earlier in the evening, it is a great season to observe, young to older.
Take a nap and get ready for great observing.
Bring YOURSELF, what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Messier list.
Wear warm layered clothing, hat, shoes & socks. It is always colder than expected after dark.
Observe: Last chance to see Sagittarius, Mars, the Milky Way Galaxy
Andromeda Galaxy will be high in the sky.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot best visible tonight.
Watch the Winter Hexagon begin to appear. Orion's belt / the Three Kings rise in the East before 9PM.
See
More stars, constellations, galaxies, clusters, nebulae, planets, and asteroids.



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
November 16, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU
Moonrise 0951 Set 2024 Lunar & Dark, (Jupiter GRS 21:08+/-2.5hrs on 2012.11.17)


Program: Curiosity Mission to Mars

David will give us an overview of the mission, and discuss Curiosity's interesting entry descent and landing.
We will learn about the onboard instrumentation: ChemCam, ChemMin, DAN, RAD and SAM,
and get the preliminary results of their investigations.
David will discuss the science behind the mission which leads us to study Mars as a host of life, past or present.
Don't miss hearing the latest on man's mission to Mars!
Speaker: David Yenerall

Instructor of Astronomy and Physics at Georgia Perimeter College, Master of Astronomy degree at University of Western Sydney.
As a NASA Endeavor Fellow, David conducts yearly education and public outreach activities for Gemini Observatory Sur
in the Coqimbo region of Chile, and also plans to do so in Hilo, Hawaii in the coming year.
As a member of JPL museum group, he is especially qualified to provide us with information about the MSL (Curiosity) mission.

Refreshments: Kenneth Beard )
2-minute talk: K.Beard: GA Astro Conference Report
Lunar Observing after the meeting - cancelled due to clouds.
Bring binocs, scopes, AL Lunar list.

November Minutes



Club Star Gaze
December 8, Saturday, 6:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0155 Set 1336 Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 23:23


5:00 PM: Observe John White: Clean, Adjust, and Collimate Telescopes
If you have a telescope, but aren't sure it is working,
we will help you get it working and collimated,
so you can spend your time enjoying the view after dark.
Everyone can come, learn, and volunteer to help - hands-on!
A great opportunity for everyone!

6:00 PM: Light Supper and Discussion

6:30 PM: Dark Sky Observing
With winter dark coming earlier in the evening, it is a great season to observe, young to older.
Take a nap and get ready for great observing.
Bring: 1. YOURSELF, family, and friends.
We always have plenty of telescopes to share,
and plenty of people to help you find things in the heavens above!
2. what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Messier list.
Wear warm layered clothing, hat, shoes & socks. It is always colder than expected after dark.
Observe: Check out Formalhaut (Piscis Austrinus), Alnair (Grus), and Ankaa (Phoenix).
Then look for Uranus and Neptune. How do you see the colors?
Last chance to see Herschel's Garnet star in the NW.
Andromeda Galaxy will still be high in the sky.
Menkar and Diphda in Cetus point to the Pleiades.
Watch the Winter Hexagon appear, Orion's belt / the Three Kings rise in the East.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot is visible tonight. See Vesta and Ceres nearby.
See
More stars, constellations, galaxies, clusters, nebulae, planets, and asteroids.

2012.12.13-14 Geminids & new meteor shower out of Pisces
2012.12.14.18:21 Jupiter GRS

Annual Holiday Club Dinner
December 15, Saturday, 6:00 PM at Bobby's BBQ
Reserve a place for you and your family now.
Moonrise 0921 Set 2018 Lunar & Dark


Gift Exchange: $5-15. On arrival, your astronomy, science, or other gift will be displayed on the gift table,
and you can choose a number from the pot.
After our meal, you can choose any gift when it is your turn/number. Then offers to swap can be made.
All gifts will then be opened. This makes for a lot of speculation, intrigue, negotiating, and fun!
It's not the gift that counts but the happiness we bring to each other.
All, especially children, are encouraged to make something, satellite models (many available free online), paper weights, mugs, night lights, or other.


Club Lunar Gaze
December 21, Friday , 5:00PM, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 1258 Set 0124 Quarter Moon

5:00PM: Mark Moffatt: Movie: THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM,
produced by Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ).
It is the story of attorney Rick Larsons' search to find the true nature of the Star of Bethlehem.
6:00PM: Refreshments
6:30PM: Lunar Observing
Bring Yourself! and what you have of telescope, binoculars, AL lunar list.
We will help beginners, intermediates. Advanced: Please come and help.

December Minutes


2013

Jupiter GRS on 2013.01.04. 22:38

Club Star Gaze
January 05, Saturday, 6:00PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0046 Set 1213 - Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 18:40.


Come and see
Constellations, The Winter Hexagon & other Asterisms, Andromeda & other Galaxies.
Find open & globular Clusters in Gemini, Bejeweled Doubles.
Observe Jupiter, its moons and understand how they move, Great Red Spot (GRS) at 6:40PM,


Wear warm, layered clothing, hat, shoes & socks.

Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Messier list.
Most importantly bring yourself, family, and friends.
We always have plenty of telescopes to share,
and plenty of people to help you find things in the heavens above!

Break : Snacks & hot chocolate!


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
January 18, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU/GRU
Moonrise 1132 Set 0011, Lunar

Program: Astronomy Jeopardy

Host: Tedda Howard

will give you the answers! But YOU must ask the questions!
Stan Howard: Jeopardy computer board
Come for a fun evening of astronomical enlightenment while you and your TEAM figure out the solutions.
Categories: Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, Challenge.
Planned so youth can also compete!
Win Prizes!!!

Refreshments: ___ Please volunteer ____

New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing after the meeting.
Bring binocs, scopes, AL Lunar list.
Great opportunity to see: Aristoteles, Eudoxus, Cassini, Mare Serenitatis, Montes Caucasus, Calippus,
Mare Vaporum, Manilius, Agrippa, Godin, Mare Tranquilitatus, Rimae Ritter,
Hipparchus, Albategnius, Catena Albufeda, Rupes Altai, Piccolomini, and Maurolycus.

January Minutes


Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A Winter


Club Star Gaze
February 02, Saturday, 6:00PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0000 Set 1054 - Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 19:36 +/-2.5hrs


Come and see
Constellations, The Winter Hexagon & other Asterisms, Andromeda & other Galaxies.
Find open & globular Clusters in Gemini, Bejeweled Doubles.
Observe Jupiter, its moons and understand how they move, Great Red Spot (GRS) at midpoint at 19:36PM,
Sparkle with Canopus! The best time to see this "southern" star!
Join John for a group Star Count and develop Globe at Night useful international research data!


Wear warm, layered clothing, hat, shoes & socks.

Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Messier list.
Most importantly bring yourself, family, and friends.
We always have plenty of telescopes to share,
and plenty of people to help you find things in the heavens above!

Break : Chili, veggies & hot chocolate!
Tour the Gallery of Planets, Check out Careers in Space Technology

Winter Star, Key West, FL, Feb. 4-10


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
February 15, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU
Moonrise 1006 Set 2351 Lunar, Jupiter GRS 21:12 on 2013.02.16

Program: Precision Differential Photometry from a Non-Precision Site
(Expanding Undergraduate & Amateur Research Potential)

More than a decade ago the first exo-planet transit light curve was observed with modest instruments.
This inspired the idea that it might be possible to develop observational and data reduction techniques
using our venerable, but ancient 16” Boller & Chivens telescope
to achieve the milli-magnitude precision differential photometry necessary for such a project.
Such capability with a small instrument in the very “non-photometric” environment of our region
greatly expands the potential observational projects available for faculty, undergraduate & amateur participation.
A brief description of the techniques developed to achieve this capability at North Georgia will be presented,
along with a short discussion of the types of projects which best facilitate undergraduate & amateur participation.

Speaker: Dr. Joseph H. Jones

is a PhD graduate of Clemson University, 1985. Joe did research at Lowell Observatory in 1986,
and with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope from 1986-1990. He taught at Valparaiso University, IN in 1990-1991.
Dr. Jones has been at North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA (UNG now)for over 20 years,
and is currently Associate Professor of Physics teaching Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Club Business: Nominating Committee volunteers
School programs: March 8 & 12
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)
2-minute talk: M.Moffatt: Mare Tranquilitatis


Refreshments: Virginia Adams
New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing after the meeting: wear warm clothing.


February Minutes


Telescope Repair
March 09, Saturday, 5:00PM at NMR-DSO
If you have a telescope, but aren't sure it is working,
We will help you get it working and collimated,
so you can spend your time enjoying the view after dark.
Everyone can come, learn, and volunteer to help.


Club Star Gaze: Messier Marathon

March 9, Saturday, 6:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0440 Set 1516 - dark sky, Jupiter GRS 23:37

Celebrate 2 Events on 1 Dark Night:
1. Messier Marathon1,2, and 2. Globe at Night
MM Leader: Mike Bush, GaN Leader: John White
Bring binoculars, telescopes, planisphere, lounge chair, Messier list.
Wear warm, layered clothing. Some like sleeping bags, gumby outfits.
Chili, Green cake, Coffee, Hot Chocolate



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
March 22, Friday, 7:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise 12:47 Set 02:29 Lunar

Program: Reaching for the Stars: Interstellar Space Travel

We will examine why our civilization needs to colonize other worlds and the technologies required to achieve it.
We will review current interplanetary probes and future starship designs.
We will discuss the implications of relativistic phenomena on the exploration of space.
and, we will look at the colonization of the Milky Way and the likelihood that it has already occurred.
* We have free active participation seats on this ship for all voyagers! *
There will be too many interesting activities to initiate the hibernation modules!

Speaker: Dr. Clayton Heller
is Chair of the Department of Physics and Planetarium Director at Georgia Southern University.
He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Yale University.
His area of research is in galaxy formation and evolution. Welcome to his website.

Refreshments: Kenneth Beard


Club Business: Nominating Committee, Upcoming Events
Prizes awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)
New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing on the Lawn - cancelled due to clouds.
Bring what you have of binoculars, telescope, AL lunar list



The Nominating Committee for 2013-14
They will call you to ask for your service as an officer and as a member.
They will also ask you what you would like, and what you can do best this coming year.
Please think about this now and be prepared to assist them to the best of your ability.
If they have not reached you by March 26, please email them with a good time to call you. Thank you.


March 31, Sat.8:30PM, Earth Hour


March Minutes





Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A 2012 Now
Telescope Grab & Fly


Prepare for National Astronomy Night
April 6, Saturday, 5-7:00PM at NMR-DSO ,
Everyone can come, learn, and volunteer to help.
Light supper provided.


Club Star Gaze
April 6, Saturday, 7:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0423 Set 1828 Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 21.06

See Jupiter as Taurus the Bull!
The Gemini twins are running from the bees. They are swarming at Praesepe in Cancer!
Leo is also at risk, but Denebola, the tail, is too far away to swat them.
There's Corvus . . . it must be spring!
Follow Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid in the handle of the Big Dipper,
and arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica.
Calm yourself in Virgo, and find the Virgin's uplifted arms at Vindemiatrix and Porrima.
Focus on majestic Saturn and it's rings. Can you see the Cassini division?
Look for Titan. Yes, it's there! Can you see some other moons?

Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes



National Astronomy Night The Public is invited! Rain or Shine!

Monthly Meeting
The Public is invited!
April 20, Saturday, 6:00 PM at
RPSEC -Rm 217
Welcome & Announcements
Program: NASA - Exploration at a Crossroad
Mr. Romanella explores the current Human and Robotic Exploration Missions within NASA, where we are and
where we are heading with the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs, as well as exploration of the solar system
including Mars, Saturn, the asteroid belt, and NASA's plan to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

Speaker: Russell Romanella
is the Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida,
where he is responsible for enabling NASA's current programs such as the Space Shuttle, Space Station,
Exploration, and Launch Services Programs. He assures the center is ready to support new projects
such as commercial cargo and commercial crew launch to the Space Station. Mr. Romanella joined NASA in 1982
as a co-op student while attending Florida State University, where he received his degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.
His broad range of experiences include Space Shuttle processing, the International Space Station, and
NASA’s Exploration program. Mr. Romanella has received numerous achievement and performance awards
including NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, the Center Director Award, and the Presidential Rank Award
for his leadership in preparing Space Station elements for launch from the Kennedy Space Center. His website.
Please welcome him to our meeting, and to our community.



The Nominating Committee Report for 2013-2014

Refreshments: Gary Senn: soft drinks, Vic Hardy: snacks, S&T: hotdogs



ACA Telescopes / Challenge on the Lawn The Public is invited!
April 20, Saturday, 7-10:00 PM at RPSEC
Moonrise 11:21 Set 00:30 1st Qtr Moon, Jupiter GRS: 21:48

Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes, layered clothing.
Take the Basic Astronomy Skill Challenge, get stickers, get stamped, and win prizes!

Check out the waxing moon. Learn its 8 phases and 12 maria.
See Jupiter as Taurus the Bull! and its moons.
The Gemini Twins in the Winter Hexagon are running from the bees. They are swarming at Praesepe in Cancer!
Leo's heart, Regulus, is pounding. He is also at risk, but Denebola, the tail, is too far away to swat them.
There's Corvus in the SE . . . it must be spring!
Follow Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid in the handle of the Big Dipper,
and arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica.
Calm yourself in Virgo, and find the Virgin's uplifted arms at Vindemiatrix and Porrima.
Focus on majestic Saturn and it's rings. Can you see the Cassini division?
Look for Titan. Yes, it's there! Can you see some other moons?
How many satellites can you count tonight? Which direction are they traveling? How long can you track one?

Last year was great - This year is even better !



April Minutes



Really neat video of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, May 20 - June 20. Don H.



Club Star Gaze
May 04 - Rain Date: May 11, Saturday,
Double Rain Date: May 14, Tuesday 7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0423 Set 1828 Dark sky, Jupiter GRS 20:16

See Jupiter as Taurus the Bull!
The Gemini twins are running from the bees. They are swarming at Praesepe in Cancer!
Leo is also at risk, but Denebola, the tail, is too far away to swat them.
There's Corvus . . . it must be spring!
Follow Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid in the handle of the Big Dipper,
and arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica.
Calm yourself in Virgo, and find the Virgin's uplifted arms at Vindemiatrix and Porrima.
Focus on majestic Saturn and it's rings. Can you see the Cassini division?
Look for Titan. Yes, it's there! Can you see e other moons?
How many satellites can you count tonight? Which direction are they traveling? How long can you track one?

Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
May 17, Friday, 7:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise 17:51 Set 04:11, Lunar.


Program: Astronomy Anything and Everything
Short presentations on a variety of interesting topics.
What interests you most? What would you like to learn more about?
Here is a great way to find your passion!

Speakers:

2-minute talk: M.Moffatt(hosp)J.White: Your Notebook
2-minute talk: K.Beard: Mare Nectaris

Club Business: Election, Calendar

2-minute talk: J.White: Planetary Quiz
2-minute talk: S.Howard: Ice Giants: Uranus & Neptune

PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)

Refreshments: Ron Baughman, James Brodie: outdid themselves with delicious fare!
Lunar Observing on the Concrete



May 18, Sat.5PM, NMR-DSO
Informal Telescope, Calendar, & Astro Video session.



DAV Open House
May 26-27, Sunday-Monday, 4:00PM at Deerlick Astronomy Village
RSVP by May 23. Please bring an appetizer .
See details at the end of the April Minutes (click above).


May Minutes
Really neat video of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, May 20 - June 20. Don H.


Officers' and Committees' Planning Meeting
June 08 , Saturday, 7:00PM at NMR-DSO - Rain or Shine!

A draft calendar will be presented and discussed at this meeting.
All Officers and Committees should have a plan and budget to present.
All members are invited to come, listen in, and comment at certain times during the discussion.
Everyone is encouraged to help on committees.
Email to volunteer to serve on the following committees:
Membership, Publicity, Website, ALCor, Programs, Youth/School/Group Outreach,
Aug 18 Picnic, Sep 14 IOMN/Lunar, Oct 12 SEED: Solar, DAWN, Planets, May 10 NAN Challenge
Whitehouse Chili by John W., Cornbread by Dot, Conjunction video by Stan !!!



Club Star Gaze Informal Lunar Observing
June 08 15, Saturday, 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO (raindate)
Moonrise 1131 Set 0000 Lunar waxing crescent, almost 1stQ

See Mare Crisium. Tranquilitatis, Fecunditatis, Nectaris, most of Mare Vaporum, Frigoris.
To the North, locate Aristoteles, Eudoxus, perhaps Endymion, Hercules, Atlas.
Around Mare Serenitatis, look for Calippus in the Montes Caucasus, Lacus Somniorum above Posidonius, Menelaus.
Manilius in M. Vaporum, Agrippa, and Godin are between the Terminator and M.Tranquillitatis in the center.
Continue south to Hipparchus, Albategnius, Abulfeda, perhaps 1/2 of Werner.
Can you still see Theophilus, Cyrillus, and Catharina to the west of M.Nectaris? and Fracastorius to the south?
South along the Terminator, find Gemma Frisius, Stofler, Maurolycus, Lilius with a central crater, and Jacobi with a ridge.
There's much more, but this should get you started!
It will finally be dark by 9:30, so check out Saturn moving toward Libra, and label Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi.

Bring what you have of binoculars, telescope, AL Lunar list, laptop, planisphere.
Wear socks & shoes.


Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A
Orion Sky this Month


Monthly Meeting and Lunar Gaze
June 22, Saturday, 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO!
Moonrise/set 1855/0424 Lunar


Program: Astronomy Movie Night
Feature: Man on the Moon with Walter Cronkite

Blu Ray: Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking: Episode 3: The Story of Everything.

Stan's Melon Slushy, Popcorn, chips & dip, Ray's Guacamole dip.

Club Business: Installation of 2013-14 Officers
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See
Q&A here!)

Lunar Observing after the meeting
Tonight is a great night to observe all the maria. See if you can ID 12.
When most of the moon is lit by the sun, we can see features that are not otherwise as obvious.
Tonight is a great night to observe Tycho and its rays. The rays of Copernicus and Kepler also stand out.
To the north, see if you can ID Endymion, Aristoteles and Plato, Sinus Roris, Sinus Iridum, Promontorium Laplace and Heraclides.
Moving down the Terminator to the East, look for Aristarchus, Reiner, dark Grimaldi and Billy, and Gassendi at the top of Mare Humorum.
The southern limb is quite interesting tonight.
Check out distinguishing characteristics of Schickard, Schiller, Wilhelm, Longomontanus, and Clavius.
Can you find Bailly, Zucchius and Newton?
Bring what you can of binoculars, telescopes, Lunar list.
Wear pants, socks and shoes.

2013-14 Dues are due!
Please support astronomy and your local Astronomy Club of Augusta.
Bring your dues to this meeting or mail to J White, Treasurer.


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June Minutes


Club Star Gaze
July 13, Saturday,
7:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 1023 Set 2237 dual lunar and Dark Sky

Take a nap
and come to see the waxing crescent moon setting in the west with Venus early, and a lovely dark sky later.
___________.
Look for the Omega Centaurus cluster at 2100.
The Big Bear's tail is high in the sky.
Etamin in Draco's head faces Cygnus the Swan.
Arcturus, Corona Borealis, Hercules and Vega hover over Draco's head.
Look south for the line from Spica up to Saturn, through Libra (Zubeneschamali & Zubenelgenubi),
up to Ophiuchus, then down to Scorpius and Sagittarius.
The summer Triangle has risen in the glorious arms of the Milky Way Galaxy.
There is so much to see!
At 2130 John will focus our attentions on delights of the constellation _______

Bring your binoculars, telescope, AL Lunar list, Messier list, planisphere. Wear socks & shoes.



Monthly Meeting

July 19, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU/GRU
Moonrise 1529 Set 0122 Waxing gibbous moon.

Program: Nuclear Power and Space Exploration
___________
Speaker: Clint Wolfe

is the Executive Director for the Center for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA). ________________

Refreshments: John Rodriguez
Club Business: Annual Awards
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)
2 minute talk: Lunar Mare: Mark Moffatt

Lunar Observing after the meeting

_____
Bring what you can of binoculars, telescopes, Lunar list.

2013-14 Dues are due!
Please support astronomy and your local Astronomy Club of Augusta.
Bring your dues to this meeting or mail to J White, Treasurer.


ACA logo Polo Shirts

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ALCON 2013
July 24-27, Wed.- Sat. Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, GA http://alcon2013.astroleague.org

July Minutes


Annual Club Picnic and Perseid Meteor Count
August 10, Saturday,
6:30 PM Picnic to Sunday 6:30 AM Waffle Breakfast, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 06:52 Set 19:33, (07:55-20:08) Dark sky

Rain or Shine!

Wear socks & shoes, pants.
Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Lunar or Messier list,
lounge chair, sleepbag, towel, bug spray, tea table.
The ACA will provide the Meat and condiments,
Please bring a sidedish to share: salad or veggies.

Prep your food ahead, take an afternoon nap, and come hungry!

Make your plans for a great time to get to know each other, share astronomy experiences,
Observe dim fuzzies, group count the Perseids until Waffle Breakfast at 6:30AM.
Study Cygnus and M29 near Sadr (See Sky&Telescope pp.58,63, Stellarium)

Sign up now. Bring your whole family! - Get in on a great experience.
Signed up so far: S&T Howard: setup,pickles, JWhite: KBeard: cups, MMcCoy: M&E,C,BMaurer: D,K Valentine: JRodriguez&2sons: Friend&2sons: _, D&MLVine: M&BBush: LLee: PNoisworthy: J&TBrown: MMoffatt: .


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
August 23, Friday, 7:00 PM at
ASU
Moonrise 00:00 Set 13:53 Dark sky.


Program: ______________
___________

Speaker: Monique Aller

_______________

2-minute talk: _____________: ___________
2-minute talk: ____________: ___________
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)

Refreshments: Ray Owens
Observing after the meeting
Bring binocs, AL Messier lists, planisphere.


Club Star Gaze
August 31, Saturday,
7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 01:40 Set 16:02 Dark sky

Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes.


August Minutes
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