ACA Calendar of Events
2015 -2016
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Please volunteer: Outreach1, Outreach2, Outreach4, 2-Minute Talk, Refreshments




Monthly Meeting
August 21, Friday,
7:00 PM at GRU The Public is invited!
Moonrise/Set: 1202/2307 Lunar

Program: How to Make an Icy Cold Comet
Since the revolution of Rosetta around Comet C67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the landing
of space probe Philae on August 6, 2014, we have confirmed and learned new facts about the
composition of comets. There are still many questions to be answered.
Stan's practical demonstration of the making of a rocky, snowy, sublimating, spewing comet,
traveling through the solar wind at 33,000 mph from the freezing orbit of the Kuiper Belt
toward our hot sun, will make your eyes pop in amazement. Don't miss this!

Speaker: Stan Howard
Principal Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory, MS Industrial Technology,
BS Engineering Technology, Texas A&M University '75. Stan saw the 1967 Leonid Meteor
Shower in clear, open, central Texas. He was 15, and he was hooked.
In 1995 he joined the Astronomy Club of Augusta, and set up the web site for the club in 1997.
He kept a record of Comets Hyakatake 1996, Halebopp 1997, Machholz 2004, Panstarrs, Linear,
Lovejoy, and others passing by Earth. Stan has presented astronomy programs to the ACA,
Rotary Club and others, and served as ACA President for three years. He continues to actively
promote science and astronomy understanding by organizing regular club and public outreach
programs as our long time ACA Vice President of Observing.
We are pleased to have Stan present this fun and informative program to us.

Refreshments: Kathy & Victor Levy

Lunar Observing after the meeting
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope.




Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
September 05, Saturday 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moonrise-set: 0019-1424 Dark sky

Come early to see Mercury in the Western sky.
Focus on Leo, Virgo, Libra, Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices, Corona Borealis,
Ophiuchus, Hercules, Draco, Ursa minor, Ursa major.
Follow the Milky Way Galaxy from Sagittarius & Scorpius, through Aquila & Cygnus, to Cepheus & Cassiopeia.
Learn Alberio. Look for Vulpecula, Sagitta, and Delphinus. How about the Ring Nebula in Lyra?
Ohh, there is so much to see now.
Look for beautiful double stars, clusters and nebulae.

Please arrive before dark. Park with your headlights toward the road.
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel to lay on.
Wear socks, shoes, long pants, layered clothing.

Come Rain, Shine, or Cold:
Fun astronomy activities planned for cloudy nights.
Astro-photographers are welcome to assemble in the back field.




Monthly Meeting: Program only! then Lunar Observing on the Lawn
September 19, Saturday,
7:00 - 7:30 - 10:30 PM at RPSEC The Public is invited!
Moonrise-set: 1243-2330 Lunar

Program: Observing and Imaging the Moon
There is a lot to see on the MOON, our closest celestial neighbor, with the naked eye,
through binoculars, telescopes, and cameras with a variety of lenses. During this
introductory program you will find out what features are available to look at, including Apollo landing sites,
on which day of the lunar cycle. We will also learn how to see and image those features.
After the program Steve will be on the Lawn with a 9" telescope, video camera, Nikon camera,
and lenses to image the Moon. Saturn and the 6.8 day old Moon will be separated by 11,
with Saturn to the West of the Moon. This is a great opportunity to learn about the MOON.

Speaker: Stephen Miller
During his tour of duty in the US Navy, Steve specialized in Celestial Navigation (position finding
using only the heavenly bodies). In 1989, Steve received his US Coast Guard Master license.
Captain Steve prepared students for their Master licenses, and taught Celestial Navigation.
In 1994 he wrote a celestial navigation textbook, Reaching for the Stars. In 1999 it was
rewritten and retitled Celestial Navigation in the New Millennia, and used at the Chapman School
of Seamanship in Stuart, FL beginning in 2000. Steve was the Celestial Navigation Instructor
at Chapman prior to retiring in 2012.
In 2002 Steve joined the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society and bought an Orion 102mm Mak Cass telescope.
In 2004, he started four years of study under Astronomer Michael Palermitti, and joined the Amateur Research Group.
Captain Steve is now a specialist in Lunar, Planetary, and Solar work, with extensive professional equipment.
His lunar images have been published in Selenology - the Journal of the American Lunar Society.
He joined the Astronomy Club of Augusta in April 2015, and looks forward to sharing wonders he has seen with you.

Refreshments: Jean Yarsawich

Lunar Observing 7:30-10:30 PM

Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope.
Wear layered clothing.




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