ACA Calendar of Events
2013-14
Encourage your family to study astronomy!

Helpful Information about Refreshments and Programs


Officers' and Committees' Planning Meeting
June 08 , Saturday, 6:00PM at NMR-DSO

Club Star Gaze
June 08, Saturday, 7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0423 Set 1828 Dark sky, (Jupiter GRS 20:15 on 2012.06.09)

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?

Whitehouse Chili by John & Cornbread by Dot!
Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes


Monthly Meeting and Star Gaze
June 22, Saturday, 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO!
Moonrise 1857 Set 0425 Lunar, Jupiter GRS 1917


Program: Astronomy Movie Night
Blu Ray: Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking: Episode 3: The Story of Everything.

Refreshments: Popcorn, Chips & Dip

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

Observing after the meeting
Bring binocs, Lunar & Messier lists, planisphere.


June Minutes


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


Asteroid Occultation - Sorry, - rained out!
July 12, Friday,
11:30PM at NMR-DSO.
Roger Venable plans to set up to record the occultation of two asteroids, Urhixidur and Asta, occuring on our path. Come for a quick visit.

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 Centauri, largest globular
cluster in the Milky Way, 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 W. will focus our attentions on delights of the constellation Sagittarius.

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

Lunar App for You
Observing Q&A
Sagittarius
Orion Sky this Month
Life Cycle of Stars
Nucleosynthesis



Monthly Meeting

July 19, Friday, 7:00 PM at
ASU/GRU
Moonrise 15:29 Set 01:22 Waxing gibbous moon.

Program: Nuclear Power and Space Exploration
A smorgasbord of nuclear topics will be addressed with emphasis on
the history of nuclear power in space,
the role of the Savannah River Site, past, present and future,
and the future of nuclear power and possible implications for space travel.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Speaker: Dr. Clinton R. Wolfe

Clint Wolfe is Executive Director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), since 2008.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1966, with a combined minor in Math and Physics.
He worked with plutonium salts and alloys, then led research on nuclear steam generator corrosion,
while managing groups responsible for nuclear power plant water chemistry and materials corrosion.
He managed the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Strategic Materials Technology
Department from 1996 until his retirement in 2005.
Clint chaired the external advisory board for the Dept. of Chemistry at Clemson University,
chaired the SC State University Educational Foundation board of directors,
and chaired the Technical Advisory Panel to the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Plutonium Focus Area.
He is the recipient of the SC State University’s Distinguished Service Award.
He and his wife, Ginny live in Aiken, SC.

Refreshments: Lalit Reddybattula
Club Business: Annual Awards
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions
2 minute talk: Mark Moffatt: Oceanus Procellarum, Aristarchus Plateau

Lunar Observing after the meeting

Although not as full as last month, you can still observe and ID 12 maria on the Moon.
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 the rays of Tycho and Copernicus, and Kepler near the Terminator.
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, Mons Hansteen, dark Billy, and Gassendi at the top of Mare Humorum.
The southern limb is even more visible tonight.
Check out distinguishing characteristics of Schickard, Schiller, Wilhelm, Longomontanus, and Clavius.
Can you find Zucchius, Bettinus, and Kircher?
Look for these craters to the southwest: Maginus, Moretus, Schomberger, Stofler, Maurolycus, and Lilius.
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

If you would like to order ACA logo Polo Shirts, please click and complete here. (We ordered 14 polos!)


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

July Minutes


Lunar App for You Supernova Erupts in M74
Observing Q&A Sun's Magnetic Field to Flip
Sagittarius Perseid meteor shower
Orion Sky this Month Cygnus the Swan
Drake Equation M29 in Cygnus
Life Cycle of Stars
Nucleosynthesis



Annual Club Family Picnic, Lunar Look, Vesta Fiesta, and Perseid Meteor Count
August 10, Saturday,
6:30 PM Picnic
to Sunday, 6:30 AM Waffle Breakfast, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0915 set 2113, 4-day Lunar, Dark sky

Rain or Shine!
Invite your family, and astronomy friends
Make plans for a great time, getting to know each other better, eating well,
sharing astronomy experiences, and showing them what you like about astronomy.

Wear socks & shoes, pants.
Bring what you have of: binoculars, telescope, planisphere, AL Lunar & Messier lists,
lounge chair, sleep bag, towel, bug spray, tea table.

Please bring a side dish to share.
The ACA will provide the Bar-b-cue, via chief Chef, John White.
Sign up now. Bring your whole family! - Get in on a great experience.
Signed up so far: S&T Howard: setup,pickles,breakfast, JWhite: BBQ, sesame seed rolls , KBeard: soft drinks, 2 bags ice,
Dot,KV: corn pudding, broccoli salad, RayO: potato salad, banana pudding, LalitR: Jalebi, MikeMc: 3-4Mac&Chez,
CathyA: coleslaw, fruit salad, PatN: v. onions , JuanJ: tomato/basil salad, JeanY: baked beans, CharlesR: sweet tea,


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

Lunar Look: Tedda H: Introduction : SE M.Frigoris: Atlas
1-minute talk: RayO: M.Crisium: Cleomedes, Picard
1-minute talk: StanH: M.Tranquilitatis: Palus Somni
1-minute talk: KenB: M.Nectaris: Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina
1-minute talk: MikeMc: M.Fecunditatis: Langrenus, Petavius

2-minute talk: StanH: Drake Equation Interactive
2-minute talk: PatN: Perseids
Observe the summer constellations & dim fuzzies.
Study Cygnus and M29 near Sadr (See Sky&Telescope pp.58,63, Stellarium)

Sunday night: Group count the Perseids 8PM until Waffle Breakfast at dawn, 6AM.
Total count: 289! by Pat, Wes, Stan, Kenneth, Ray, Tedda.
Observe Vesta before dawn near Jupiter.


Please support astronomy and your local Astronomy Club of Augusta.
If you have not already done so,
bring your 2013-14 dues to the picnic, or mail to John White, Treasurer.

Please pick up your ACA logo Polo Shirt at the picnic!


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
August 23, Friday, 7:00 PM at
ASU/GRU
Moonrise 2036, set 0839 Lunar.


Program: Supermassive Black Holes: The Hidden Hearts of Galaxies
Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are comprised of large collections of stars, gas, dust,
and dark matter. At the center of many of the galaxies in our Universe, including the Milky Way,
there exist supermassive black holes with masses ranging from a million to 10 billion times
the mass of our Sun. Dr. Aller will present an overview of the evidence for the existence of these
supermassive black holes locally and in the more distant universe, and will discuss how their masses
are linked to the properties of their host galaxies. Dr. Aller will also briefly address
the possible origins for these giant black holes, and discuss how they are believed to influence
the evolution and growth of galaxies.

Speaker: Dr. Monique C. Aller

is a third-generation professional astronomer who earned her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the
University of Michigan in 2007, with a dissertation on Supermassive Black Holes:
Their Masses, Host Galaxy Relationships, and Cosmic Distribution.
From 2007-2010 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
studying galaxy evolution as part of the COSMOS project. Since Fall 2010 she has been working at the
University of South Carolina in Columbia as a postdoctoral fellow. There she has been studying
interstellar dust in other galaxies, such as is probed by quasar absorption systems,
and star-formation in unusual environments, such as polar ring galaxies.
She previously discussed 'Galaxies in the Local Universe and Beyond' at our ACA May 2012 meeting.

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

Tailgate Refreshments: Ray Owens
Lunar Observing after the meeting
Bring your binoculars, telescope, AL Lunar list.

1-minute talk: MarkD: South: Tycho, Clavius
1-minute talk: KenB: M.Nubium: Bullialdus, Pitatus
1-minute talk: ____: M.Insularum: Copernicus, Eratosthenes
1-minute talk: TeddaH: M.Imbrium: Montes Apenninus, Montes Caucasus, Aristoteles, Montes Alpes, (Mons Blanc), Plato
1-minute talk: ____: M.Imbrium: Archimedes, Montes Archimedes, Palus Putredinis



Club Star Gaze - postponed to Sept.06 by majority vote.
August 31, Saturday,
7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0120 Set 15:18 Dark sky


August Minutes
August Minutes with photos


Get ready - get set - Go - Register for Winter Star Party 2014, Feb. 23- Mar02, Key Pine, FL


Club Star Gaze
September 6, Friday, 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0120 Set 15:18 Dark sky

Bring your binoculars, telescope, AL Messier List, planisphere.
9:00PM: 10-minute tour of Constellation Ursa Major, John W.
Wear socks, shoes, pants.




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

September 14 , Saturday, 6 -10:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise: 1502 Set: 0051 Lunar: Waxing Gibbous

All members can help. Thank you. Please wear your ACA logo polo shirt, ACA labels will also be available.


6PM: Lunar Program
Introduction to the Moon: Tedda Howard The Public is invited!
Prizes awarded for answers to Observing Questions: Stan Howard
Light supper for attendees: S&T Howard, Refreshments: Mark Moffatt, Water & Sodas: Gary Senn
7-10PM: OMN on the Lawn: The Public is invited!
Short talks every 15 minutes between telescope viewings.
ACA - OMN Volunteers:
DotV: SE M.Frigoris: Atlas, Endymion
RayO: M.Crisium: Cleomedes, Picard
StanH: M.Tranquilitatis: Palus Somni
KenB: M.Nectaris: Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina
KenB: M.Nubium: Bullialdus, Pitatus
LalitR: M.Insularum: Copernicus, Eratosthenes
TeddaH: M.Imbrium: Montes Apenninus, Montes Caucasus, Aristoteles, Montes Alpes, (Mons Blanc), Plato
StanH: M.Imbrium: Archimedes, Montes Archimedes, Palus Putredinis

Bring YOURSELF!
Bring what you have of binoculars, telescopes, planisphere, AL Lunar list.


Club Star Gaze
September 28, Saturday,
5:00/7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0020 set 1418 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 SEED Volunteers come early to finalize our projects.
6:00 PM Officers' Meeting
6:30 PM Combined light supper
7:00 PM Club Star Gaze


September Minutes , September Photos



The Time to Care Award
October 3, Thursday,
5:00PM on Channel 12
ACA Member Elisabeth H. is the Time to Care October recipient for her work for Scoliosis Awareness. This past spring, Elisabeth collected 150lbs of socks for scoliosis surgery patients in Ghana. Elisabeth also wrote a letter to SC Governor Nikki Haley, and as a result, the governor named June 2013 as Scoliosis Awareness Month. We are very proud of Elisabeth for giving of herself to help others in need. Elisabeth and Nana Lisa will be interviewed on this program.
See video.
There is a really good pic of John showing Elisabeth, some stuff about her telescope, and Stan is in the background!
Once you click on the link, just look for her name and click the box and the video should pop open. There is also an option to read the interview as well.
Lisa: "I think they did a really good job on the segment and we were pleased and excited!"


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

October 12, Saturday, 10AM-3PM 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



ACA hosts School Meeting
October 25, Friday,
9:00 AM at North Augusta High School
Moonrise 2303 Set 1213, Dark sky

Program: NASA - Exploration at a Crossroad

Explore 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, asteroid belt, and NASA's plan to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

Speaker: Russell Romanella

is Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL,
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 crew launch to the Space Station. He joined NASA in 1982
as a co-op student while attending FSU, where he received his degree in Mathematics and Computer
Science. His broad range of experiences include Space Shuttle processing, International Space
Station, and NASA’s Exploration program. Mr. Romanella has received numerous 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: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/biographies/romanella.html.
Please welcome him.



October Minutes October Photos





Club Star Gaze
November 02, Saturday,
6:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0544 Set 1702 Dark sky

Bring your binocs, telescope, AL Messier List, planisphere.
Wear socks, shoes, layered clothing.
Observe: Formalhaut (Piscis Austrinus), Alnair (Grus), and Ankaa (Phoenix),
Asteroid Juno, Saturn nebula, Neptune, Uranus, Sculptor galaxy.
SEED & Special Event results, Calendar update



School Outreach: Star Party
November 12, Tuesday 6-8:00PM, Evans Elementary




Monthly Meeting
The Public is invited!
November 15, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU/GRU
Moonrise 1615 Set 0458 Lunar


Program: Are We Alone? Do We Want to Be Alone?

Life is not only abundant on Earth, it's sometimes found in the most remote locations and under extreme conditions.
So why is it that when we look outward toward the cosmos we don't find life? Is life unique to Earth or are we not looking hard enough?
In this talk we'll review the history of life on Earth as a means to remind ourselves how life may develop elsewhere.
From here we'll delve into the issue of how to properly search for life outside Earth's biosphere.
The talk will conclude with some thoughts about what it would mean to find life elsewhere, including the very important question,
do we want to be alone?
Speaker: Louis Rubbo

is Associate Professor of Astronomy, Coastal Carolina University.
2004 PhD degree in Physics at Montana State University
2004-07 Postdoctoral scholar, Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Penn State U
2007-2013 Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Coastal Carolina University.
Dr. Rubbo's areas of expertise include gravitational wave astronomy, general relativity, and physics education research.
As a robotics mentor and camp director, Dr. Rubbo exposes K-12 students to what it means to be a scientist and an engineer.
including the wide variety of careers and lifestyles that are available with a science and mathematics background.
Dr. Rubbo presented an outstanding program on Gravitational Waves at our ACA March 2011 meeting.
We look forward to his new topic. See his website.

Refreshments: David Price and Family
Lunar Observing after the meeting. - Cancelled due to clouds.


Order your subscription to: Sky & Telescope, @ $24.00/yr. Last chance: Nov.30.
a great gift in time for the holidays!


Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
November 30, Saturday, 6:30PM, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0427 Set 1535 Dark sky,

5:00 PM: NASA Spacecraft Paper Model-Making Fun Night
Tables and chairs will be set up so families can work together, some adults can help families with multiple children,
observing tours from project to project, final display of all progress.
We will print models on paper or card stock ready when you arrive, or you can print your model and bring it with you.
We will supply glue, fishing line, paper clips, some glitter.
We will supply some sissors, a hot glue gun with some glue sticks. Please bring additional sissors and other supplies with you if possible.
You can take your models home to complete, to hang and show visitors, to hang as Christmas decorations,
to take to school or work, to develop a 2-min. talk.
Have fun!
NASA Paper Models: Check out these resources: Then reply email your choice.
https://www.google.com/#psj=1&q=NASA+Paper+Models
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/scalemodels/
http://science.nasa.gov/kids/the-universe/universe-spacecraft-paper-models/
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Orion_Model.html
https://www.google.com/search?q=NASA+Paper+Models&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=prttUpPNFYSfyQHc9YGwBg&ved=0CEUQsAQ&biw=983&bih=893
http://jleslie48.com/gallery_models_real.html
http://www.ninfinger.org/models/papermodels.html
http://spacecraftkits.com/free.html
http://www.ss42.com/pt-space.html
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/index.cfm?Filename=papermodels
http://paperkraft.blogspot.com/2008/08/nasa-satellite-papercrafts.html
http://paper-replika.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8057:kepler-space-telescope-nasa-spacecraft-paper-model&catid=139:space&Itemid=206210
http://astrophysics.gsfc.nasa.gov/outreach/podcast/wordpress/index.php/2011/03/18/maggies-blog-build-your-own-satellite-model/
http://paperkraft.blogspot.com/2008/08/nasa-satellite-papercrafts.html
https://www.google.com/#psj=1&q=paper+models+real+space&revid=1883000550

Everyone can come, learn, and volunteer to help - hands-on!
A great opportunity for everyone!

6:00 PM: Light Supper: chili & chips , Tour the Breezeway Solar System

6:30 PM: Dark Sky Observing Cancelled due to cloud cover
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.


November Minutes



Club Lunar Gaze Cancelled due to cloud cover, but Kenneth came anyway, and we made holiday goodies.
December 7, Saturday, 6:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 1111 Set 2247 Lunar waxing crescent

Outstanding views of Mare Crisium, Mare Fecunditatis, Mare Nectaris, and Palus Somni.
Look for Maria Undarum, Spumans, and Smythii,
Craters: Endymion, Atlas, Hercules, Cleomedes, Condorcet, Firmicus, Langrenus, Vendelinus, Petavius, Furnerius.
Bring Yourself! and what you have of telescope, binoculars, AL Lunar list, warm clothing.


Annual Holiday Club Dinner
December 14, Saturday, 6:00 PM at
Bobby's BBQ
Reserve a place for you and your family now.
Moonrise 1535 Set 0446 Lunar


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. Open your gift for all to see. You may swap with any other opened gifts.
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 Dark Sky Gaze
December 28, Saturday, 5:00PM, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0310 Set 1428 Dark Sky

5:00PM: Videos: ACA Annual Recap, Stan Howard Videos
Revised: Mercury Astronaut Program, 40min. video first of the series: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, courtesy of Lalit.
6:00PM: Refreshments
6:30PM: Dark Sky Observing

Wear warm, layered clothing, hat, shoes & socks.
Bring Yourself! and what you have of telescope, binoculars, AL Messier list.

See the beautiful winter sky!
We will help beginners, intermediates. Advanced: Please come and help.

December Minutes



2014

2014 Aps, Astronomy News


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
January 10, Friday,
7:00 PM at ASU/GRU
Moonrise 1335 Set 0241, Lunar

Program: Astronomy Jeopardy

Come for a fun evening of astronomical enlightenment while you and your TEAM figure out the solutions.
Categories: Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, Challenge.
All the answers are in our Solar System!
Planned so youth can also compete!
Win Prizes!!!

Host: Tedda Howard

ACA President
will give you the answers! But YOU must ask the questions!
Stan Howard: computer board

Refreshments: Constellation Cookies, Tedda Howard

New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing after the meeting - cancelled due to clouds.


ACA in the News:
All stars for local astronomy club !


Club Star Gaze - Rain or Shine!
January 25, Saturday, 5:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0157 Set 1249 - Dark sky


Dedication of J. Michael Sparks Telescope, Meade 12" LX200, with manuals, eyepieces, and other attachments,
donated to ACA by Becky Sparks and daughters.

Come and see:
6:00-6:30: A lovely view of Mercury !!
Constellations, The Winter Hexagon & other Asterisms, Andromeda & other Galaxies.
Find open & globular Clusters in Gemini, Bejeweled Doubles.
Sparkle with Canopus! The best time to see this "southern" star!
Observe Jupiter, its moons and understand how they move, Great Red Spot (GRS) transits at 11:03PM for +/-2hrs.


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, chips, veggies, hot chocolate

PS. At our last meeting, we decided to meet on observing nights regardless of clouds or rain.
(instead of setting rain dates)
We have some great astronomy projects planned for these occasions, and hope you will enjoy our date!
We also hope this will facilitate your plans and calendar.

Some rain date projects:
Learn how to clean your telescope mirror. J White
Make New Horizons spacecraft models and learn all about the mission. K Beard
4 Outstanding videos about the Space Program, L Reddybattula
Through the Wormhole series. K Beard
Bring your astrophotos, and practice using Registax to make them brilliant!
(We have several computers available, and you can bring your laptop!)
Suggest your favorite project and we'll add it to the list, maybe even bump it to the top of our priorities!

January Minutes



Check out Mercury naked-eye low in the West: Feb.5, Wednesday after 18:15,
appearing lower and later on Thurs. & Fri.
It was gorgeously high and bright last Sunday evening! - Thanks Ray!

Prepare for our program. Just a read through will help with related vocabulary and concepts. - Thanks Victor!
First cool measure of interstellar distance.
It was Williamina Flemming.
The equation is M-m = 5 -5 log D.



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
February 07, Friday,
7:00 PM at GRU
Moonrise 1217 Set 0129 Lunar: waxing gibbous

Program: Characterizing Variable Star Light Curves - Cancelled - speaker had laryngitis.


Stan & Tedda summarized Victor's variable star websites above.
Stan showed video of Sparks Telescope dedication.
John talked about Sparks Telescope, parts, and minor repairs.
Club Business, Website, Calendar of Events page, Outreach programs


Refreshments: Virginia Adams
New Member Orientation
Lunar Observing
- cancelled due to clouds.
, at local CAP = Civil Air Patrol.



Please volunteer - Outreach

Please volunteer - 2-Minute Talks

Please volunteer - Refreshments


Club Star Gaze
February 21, Friday, 6:00PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0049 Set 1134 - Dark sky


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 20:20 +/-2hrs.
One more chance to see Canopus!


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 Party 2014, Feb. 22 - Mar02, Big Pine Key, FL

ACA has a CROWD going!

Sign-up for WSP 2015



February Minutes



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
March 14, Friday, 7:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise 1657 Set 0513 Lunar

Winter Star Party Report
Attendees: 12: Stan, Tedda, Kenneth, Ray, John, Daniel, Mark Mo, Jim C., Cathy, Dave, Jim P., Anne.
If you would like one (1) minute to tell about your favorite event at the WSP, please email Tedda.
One-two jpg limit per person please. Come 15min early to install.

Club Business: Nominating Committee, Upcoming Events
Prizes awarded for Answers to Observing Questions (See Q&A here!)

Program: Timelapse Astrophotography

Modern, off-the-shelf digital cameras can easily capture wide field astro images,
even when you do not have a sophisticated tracking system. Most imagers start off with short wide-field images
using a standard tripod, making this an easy and inexpensive way to capture the night sky.
With a few more pieces of kit, you can capture time lapse videos of the entire night.
In this session we will go over the basics of time lapse photography, from image acquisition through basic processing
using free software.

Speaker: Erik Benner
is one of the founders of Deerlick Astronomy Village, a dark sky community near Sharon Georgia.
Erik got his start in amateur astronomy in 1986, when Halley's Comet stopped by for a visit.
After a evening with a 10" Meade at a local sidewalk astronomy event he was hooked.
Erik started imaging back in 1990 using a Star One CCD on a 36" and 14" telescopes at a local observatory.
He currently owns an observatory at Deerlick, and is actively involved with his spouse in amateur astronomy .
The telescopes outnumber the people in the household. Erik enjoys both Visual observing and astro imaging.

Refreshments: Mike McCoy

New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing on the Lawn
Bring what you have of binoculars, telescope, cameras, AL lunar list



Astronomy with Telescopes, outreach
March 13, Thursday, 7-9PM at Civil Air Patrol CAP


The Nominating Committee for 2014-15
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 April 24, please email them with a good time to call you. Thank you.


ACA School Outreach

March 26, Wednesday, 7:30AM at BE
Moonrise 0318 Set 1431 - lunar sky all day
Volunteers: Stan, Tedda, Kenneth, John, Lalit



Club Star Gaze: Messier Marathon

March 29, 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: Stan Howard, GaN Leader: John White
Bring binoculars, telescopes, planisphere, lounge chair, Messier list.
Join Stan to find as many Messier Objects as you can in one evening!
Record the date & time on your Messier list for your AL Award.
Join John for a group Star Count and develop Globe at Night useful international research data!
Wear warm, layered clothing. Some like sleeping bags, gumby outfits.
Chili, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Lalit's Pudding

March 29, Sat.8:30PM, Earth Hour

Rain or shine: Astrovideos, New Horizons and other model making, Telescope work, etc.
Observing was indeed cancelled due to clouds.


March Minutes



ACA Telescopes on the Lawn for SC State Star Party The Public is invited!
April 05, Saturday, 7 - 10:00PM at
RPSEC
First Quarter Moon ISS Flyby

Come, observe, and join the celebration!
Bring what you have of 2 towels, planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes, layered clothing.

Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will host naked-eye, binocular, and telescope observing
of the moon, planets, and stars this evening on the Lawn.
Bring a blanket, towel or reclining lounge chair! There will be opportunity to get comfortable and observe the night sky.
People can stand or lie back and observe the stars appear as our patch of Earth turns away from the Sun.
There will be prizes for answers to basic lunar questions, first person to see the first planet to appear, first stars to appear, and more.
See the marvels of the night sky with help from knowledgeable and engaging people.

Club members will have a number of telescopes available for use by the public.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see sky objects in detail, compare different telescopes in use,
and to learn about the models available for amateur astronomers.



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
April 11, Friday, 7:00 PM at
RPSEC
Moonrise 1542 Set 0345, Lunar,

Welcome
Program: The Quest for Longitude:

We will look at the history of the problem of determining one's location on the Earth.
This problem has plagued mankind for centuries, inhibiting shipping and map making.
In particular we will discuss the “Great Longitude Prize” of the 18th century
and the development of the marine chronometer, following the twisted tale of John Harrison’s
struggle for precision time keeping and his battle with the Longitude Board.
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: 27th ACA Birthday: 24 April 1987, John White

Club Business: Nominating Committee report, Telescopes report, Calendar comment.
New Member Orientation, Q&A
Lunar Observing on the Lawn.
Prizes awarded for Answers to Observing Questions
Bring what you have of: 2 towels, binoculars, telescope, AL lunar list




Total Lunar Eclipse
April 15, Tuesday early morning, ~2-5:00AM , Totality ~3:30AM
The waxing gibbous moon will start out farther east each night now.
On April 13 the nearly full moon will rise in the east at ~7PM, and on April 14 at ~8PM.
Early that next morning, April 15 at ~2:00AM, the moon will be high in the southern sky,
and you should be able to see it in most places.
Spica (Mag 0.95) in the constellation Virgo is located right next to the moon at ~5:00.
Saturn (Mag 0.38) is off to the east at ~8:30. Red Mars (Mag -1.22) is 1/3 as far at ~2:00.
Ceres (Mag 6.76) and Vesta (5.46) are straight up at 12:00 about twice as far as Mars.
We hope you enjoy this awesome event.
Check our ACA April Minutes for details.



Prepare for National Astronomy Night
April 26, Saturday, 5-7:00PM at NMR-DSO ,
Everyone can come, learn, and volunteer to help.


Club Star Gaze
April 26, Saturday, 7:30PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0357 Set 1639 Dark sky,

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 what you have of: 2 towels, binoculars, telescope, AL lunar list
Wear socks & shoes



April Minutes

ACA Telescopes / Challenge on the Lawn
for National Astronomy Night The Public is invited!

May 10, Saturday, 7:00-10:30 PM at RPSEC
Moonrise 1521 Set 0249 1st Qtr Moon,

Bring what you have of: 2 towels, your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes, layered clothing.

Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will host naked-eye, binocular, and telescope observing
of the moon, planets, and stars this evening on the Lawn.
There will be posters to highlight sky objects that are fun to find.
Bring a blanket, towel or reclining lounge chair! There will be opportunity to get comfortable and observe the night sky.
People can stand or lie back and observe the stars appear as our patch of Earth turns away from the Sun.
There will be prizes for answers to basic lunar questions, first person to see the first planet to appear, first stars to appear, and more.
See the marvels of the night sky with help from knowledgeable and engaging people.

Club members will have a number of telescopes available for use by the public.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see sky objects in detail, compare different telescopes in use,
and to learn about the models available for amateur astronomers.



Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
May 16, Friday,
7:00 PM at RPSEC
Moonrise 2221 Set 0805, Lunar.

Program:
Sign up here!
2-minute talks Speaker

SpaceNews.com: missions Stan Howard
Meteorites Perry Holcomb
SpaceNews.com: finance _____________
Constellations _____________
Lunar: _________ _____________
Missions to Mars Tedda Howard
______________ ______________

Club Business: Election, Calendar

Refreshments: ______
Observing on the Lawn
Prizes awarded for Answers to Observing Questions
Bring what you have of: 2 towels, binoculars, telescope, AL lunar list




Officers' Meeting
May 23, Friday, 6:00PM


DAV Open House
May 25 Sunday 4:00PM -May 26 Monday, at Deerlick Astronomy Village
RSVP by May 23 at http://www.deerlickgroup.com. Please bring an appetizer for 6-8.
If you would like to caravan/carpool with the ACA, please email Tedda.
(Most of us will probably only stay to late evening.)


May Minutes


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
June 06, Friday, 7:00 PM at
ACPL !
Moonrise 1308 Set 0047 Lunar,


Program: Astronomy Books at the Library
_____________

Speaker: ________

________
Club Business: Installation of 2014-15 Officers
2-minute talk: M.Moffatt: The Moon Tonight


Refreshments: M&M Moyer
Lunar Observing after the meeting
PRIZES awarded for Answers to Observing Questions
Bring what you have of: 2 towels, binoculars, telescope, Lunar & Messier lists, planisphere.



Club Star Gaze
June 21, Saturday, 7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0115 Set 1428 Dark sky,


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!


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

June Minutes


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!

July 11, Friday,
7:00 PM at GRU
Moonrise 1850 Set 0432 Lunar.


Program: Long Ago, in Galaxies Far, Far Away
about distant galaxies, quasars, their evolution, intergalactic matter, etc.

Speaker: Dr. Varsha Kulkarni

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina
PhD University of Chicago 1996
See her website.
Please welcome her to our meeting, and to our community.

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

Observing after the meeting



Club Star Gaze
July 26, Saturday, 7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 0522 Set 1909 Dark sky.
Sign up ahead for telescope help session at 6:30PM.
Bring your planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear socks & shoes


July Minutes



Annual Club Picnic and Perseid Meteor Count
August __, Saturday,
7:00 PM Picnic to Sunday 6:30 AM Waffle Breakfast, at NMR-DSO
Moonrise 06:52 Set 19:33, (07:55-20:08) Dark sky

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.
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,
Check off Messier objects, and group count the Perseids until Waffle Breakfast at 6:30AM.
Sign up now (if you haven't already), Bring your whole family! - Get in on a great experience.


Monthly Meeting The Public is invited!
August __, Friday, 7:00 PM at
ASU
Moonrise ____ Set ____ Lunar.


Program: ______________
___________

Speaker: _______

_______________

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

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



Club Star Gaze
August __, Saturday,
7:30 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise ____ Set ____ Dark sky

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


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from the abundance of knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm
at our local meetings and star parties.
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