ACA Calendar of Events
2017-18
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Helpful Information about Refreshments and Programs

Planning ahead?
Google search and download Virtual Moon Atlas for free before you come.
On the right, click Ephemeris.  Set date (2018 01 19) and time (20 (8PM)). Click Compute.
Click Information.  Type in your Crater... Information about it will appear.
It will show it on the moon on the left.  Hover with cursor and enlarge for more detail.    

Check out Stellarium, a free open source planetarium for your computer. Download for free before you come.

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2018 Happy New Year!

Monthly Meeting
January 19, Friday 7:00PM, at AU The Public is invited!

Moon rise set: 0906-2016 Lunar Crescent-> Dark sky
Just before the meeting, Lunar Observing

President's Remarks

Program: Asteroidal Satellites
. . . natural satellites of asteroids & KBO"s. . .
. . .


Speaker: Roger Venable,
has been star gazing since 1960, and was a President of our ACA some years ago.
He is the Coordinator of the Mars Section of A.L.P.O., and Vice President of IOTA.
He regularly lectures and writes about Mars and about observing occultations.
With his wife Anna, he enjoys deep sky observing, and dabbles in astro-imaging.
He has 14 telescopes, each with a different, specialized purpose.
Roger is a Board-certified family physician and practices in rural Georgia emergency rooms.
Roger spoke at our meeting last March.


Refreshments: Mark Moffatt


Lunar, Star Gazing
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel.
Wear layered clothing.



ACA Club Star Gaze
February 10, Saturday at 6:00 PM, at NMR-DSO
Moon rise-set: 0321-1354 Dark sky


Get a scope set up to see Uranus in the SW.
Check out the Winter Hexagon, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Cepheus
Little Dipper, Big Dipper rises.
Regulus rises ~7:30
Arcturus rises ~10:30


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




ACA Club Meeting
February 23, Friday at 7:00 PM, at AU The Public is invited!
Moon rise-set: 1202-0107 Lunar


President's Remarks

Program: Lunar 2 Objects
will demonstrate how find and catalog several lunar objects, with images of several lunar features.

Speaker: Mark Moffatt
is currently ACA VP Programs.

Refreshments: Mark Moffatt


Lunar Observing after the meeting
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel.
Wear layered clothing.




ACA Messier Marathon
March 17 , Saturday at 7:00 PM, at NMR-DSO
Moon rise-set: 17th: 0651-1854, 18th: 0725-1954 Dark sky


In the year 2018, New Moon will occur on March 17, a Saturday,
thus providing the best opportunity for a Messier Marathon
on the weekend of March 17/18, 2018. On that date, there will be
an opportunity to attempt to hunt down all Messier Objects
in one night from suitable mid-northern latitude locations.

According to Tom Polakis' investigation, on this occasion,
a full score of 110 Messier Objects should be possible from locations
between 7 deg and 32 deg Northern Latitude with most difficult object
M30 in the morning, and southern limit from M52.
(http://www.messier.seds.org/xtra/marathon/mm2018.html)


Rest up this afternoon, so you are ready for an evening sky, full of wonders.

We will have copies of the Messier Objects, listed by time of appearance.

Please arrive before dark.
Park with your headlights toward the road.
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, Messier list,
lounge chairs, sleeping bags/blankets, towels to lay on, etc..
Wear socks, shoes, long pants, layered clothing.

Please eat ahead or bring a snack.
6AM: Join us for waffles, eggs, sausage, fruit & juice.

Please come rain, clouds, or shine!
We have some fun astronomy projects ready!





ACA Club Meeting
March 23, Friday at 7:00 PM, at
RPSEC The Public is invited!
Moon rise-set: 1049-0005 Dark sky


President's Remarks
Sign up for National Astronomy Night

Program: X-ray/Gamma-ray Astronomy:
from spinning neutron stars to supermassive black holes

The space age opened a new window on our cosmos with the advent of X-ray and gamma-ray
astronomy. Objects that were heretofore theoretical, and that were expected to be undetectable,
suddenly came into view. The field of high-energy astrophysics was born with the
discovery of the first gamma-ray burst in the 1960s, and the surprising realization that such
sources were the exotic remnants of stars such as neutron stars and black holes .

We now know that these objects number in the hundreds in the Milky Way,
and that every large galaxy appears to host a supermassive black hole at its core.
We are in the Golden Age of high-energy astrophysics with nearly a dozen
space telescopes operating simultaneously. In this talk, I will present a brief history
of the field, highlighting some of the challenges inherent in performing astronomical
observations of the most energetic phenomena in the Universe.


Speaker: Dr. Arash Bodaghee
After earning an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from UC San Diego (1997),
Arash completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics (2002) and astrophysics (2007)
at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and then became a postdoctoral scholar
at UC Berkeley in 2009. In 2014, he joined the faculty of Georgia College and
State University in Milledgeville, GA, where he is currently an
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Website: bodaghee.com
We welcome Dr. Bodaghee to the CSRA Area, and look forward to his program.

Refreshments: Mark Moffatt


Lunar Observing after the meeting
Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel.
Wear layered clothing.






Prep for NAN
April 07, Saturday 5:00PM, at NMR-DSO
Light supper provided


Club Dark Sky Star Gaze
April 07, Saturday 7:00 PM at NMR-DSO
Moon rise-set: 0047-1113 Dark sky


Come early to help Prep for NAN = National Astronomy Night (Apr.21)
Be the first to spot Venus.
Review the Winter Hexagon.
Focus on Cancer, Leo, Hydra, Crater, Corvus,
Ursa major, Ursa minor, Bootes, Virgo.
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, layered clothing.





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