ACA Calendar of Events
2017-18
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Helpful Information about Refreshments and Programs
Please support astronomy and your local Astronomy Club of Augusta.
If you have not already done so,
bring your 2017-18 dues to the meeting, and give/ or mail to:
Cathy Axel, 3974 Cheyenne Trl, Martinez, GA 30907
Please include your name, address, phone, email, with your $10.
Thank you.

ACA SEED Prep
September 16, Saturday at 6:00 PM, at NMR-DSO
SEED, October 07, Saturday, 8am-3pm, On the Lawn at RPSEC
We have 17 Volunteers so far. Will you take part this year? Email Tedda.

ACA Club Star Gaze
September 16, Saturday at 7:00 PM, at NMR-DSO
Moon rise-set: 0319-1624 Dark sky


Look for Jupiter low in the West.
Trace the Big Dipper handle to Arcturus,
then speed on to Spica, even lower than Jupiter in the West.
Saturn is above Scorpius in the South.
Antares is just below it.
Vega, Altair, and Deneb are out this night as well.
Can you name their constellations? Get a great view of Albireo.
See all five circumpolar constellations.
Learn the name of some bright stars in each one.
Check out Enif in Pegasus to the East.
Practice finding the Andromeda Galaxy.
See it naked-eye, binocular, and with telescope.
Now that you are oriented to the Autumn sky, make more discoveries. 

Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel. 
Wear socks,shoes,pants.
Park with your headlights toward the road.




ACA Solar Observing on the Lawn

for SEED (Science Education Enrichment Day)

October 07, Saturday 10AM-3PM at RPSEC The Public is invited!

Focus on the SUN! - Every which way:
Direct, Indirect, Posters, Demonstrations, Computer, Hands-on, . . .

Wear socks, shoes, light clothing to cover, hat, sun block.
For SEED Volunteers



ACA Club Star Gaze
October 21, Saturday at 7:00 PM, at NMR-DSO
Moon rise-set: 0810-1918 Dark sky


Look for the very skinny crescent moon to the West.
Scorpius is on his belly across the South, with Saturn above.
The Teapot is pouring out the last of its Milky Way Steam.
Look with binoculars and scopes to find many beauties here.
Find AlNair, Fomalhut, and Diphda to the South, SE.
Uranus has risen in the East, and Perseus is beautiful to the NE, with Capella rising just below it.
There is so much to see in this sky - all before 8:30PM !

Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel. 
Wear layered clothing, hat.
Park with your headlights toward the road.



Observe the Moon Night
October 28, Saturday,
7:00PM at RPSEC The Public is invited!
Moonrise/set: 1351-0000 Lunar


Program: Moon-Made for You
The Moon is the closest natural outer space object to us.
It affects everything we do.
It is gray, but its surface terrain and geography is variable and fascinating.
It moves in a predictable pattern, but varies enough to disappear, turn blood red, or turn black,
form a bracelet of Bailey's beads, or a ring of fire and a brilliant diamond.
It's very cold, and hides origins and history of the Earth in its deepest recesses.
It pulls at us, and we yearn to return to it.
It is a strange and dangerous place, but we learned and are learning how to manage there.
It makes shadows here, but usually we can enjoy its reflected, guiding night light.

Speaker: Tedda Howard

has a MS in Biology from the University of South Carolina.
She was President of the ACA for four years from 2010-2014,
and has been our Web Editor since 1998.
She earned the Lunar Award from the Astronomical League in 2011.
She enjoys teaching others about the moon,
showing them surface details and how it moves through the sky.

Refreshments: _________, soft drinks/water: GaryS

Lunar Observing
on the Lawn, after the meeting - 10:00PM.
Bring what you have of
planisphere, lunar map, binoculars, telescope, two towels.
Check out the lunar maria.
See how the moon turns as it moves through the sky.
Figure out where you will see the moon: tomorrow night, at the same time.
Use the telescopes to check out and name some craters near the maria.

Club Volunteers: will help and show you
maria: naked eye, binocular, low power -
maria: high power -

maria and craters:
M Frigoris: Aristoteles, Eudoxus -
M Crisium: Cleomedes, Macrobius, Picard -
M Serenitatis: Posidonius -

M Tranquilitatis: Palus Somni, Proclus - StanH
M Tranquilitatis: Sinus Concordiae, Da Vinci - SuzanneH
M Fecunditatis: Taruntius, MessierA -
M Fecunditatis: Langrenus, Vendelinus - ______
M Fecunditatis: Petavius, Furnerius -
M Nectaris: Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina - KennethB
M Nectaris: Fracastorius, Piccolomini -StephenM
Highlands between M Frigoris & M Imbrium: Plato, Montes Alpes - VinayK
M Imbrium: Montes Caucasus, Montes Archimedes, Montes Apeninnus - MarkM
Highlands S of M Nubium: Tycho, Clavius - Victor & KathyL

Observe some planets, stars, and constellations also:
Be the first to spot Saturn, Uranus,and Neptune.
North: Follow Cassiopeia to Andromeda, then name Pegasus' four 4 corners.
See Draco, Hercules, Corona Borealis, Bootes.
Follow the Milky Way Galaxy across the sky.
Look for the Summer Triangle: Vega, Deneb, and Altair; then Albireo, Vulpecula, and Sagitta.


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