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*Winter Observing Tips by Alan Witzgall
*Neptune - The Last Gas Giant
*Post-talk Comments on The Marks of Time

News
Open Observatory night at KWU on Fri, 15-May, Solar Observing starts at 6:30 pm on the 5th floor of Peters Science Hall, weather permitting. Night Observing Session begins at 8 pm. All are welcome to this FREE event!!! If cloudy, we will preview film 'Roving Mars in Rm 229

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President:
Dr. Dorothy Hanna
Secretary:
Jeffrey Kasoff
Treasurer:
Jeff Whithorn
Members:
Steve Blosser
Bob Bohata
Dr. David Hanson
Sarah Maass
:
Keith Rawlings
Members:
Ray Reifsteck
Sally Stephens
Marge Streckfus
Jeff Thompson
Jim Zanardi

Favorite Links:


REANIMATING THE 1882 VENUS TRANSIT

THE END IS NEAR VIDEO

CLEAR SKY FORCAST FOR SALINA

ASTRONOMICAL INFORMATION CENTER

HERSCHEL'S 1781 ACCOUNT OF A COMET, REALLY URANUS

VENUS TRANSIT 2012

MARS SCIENCE LAB
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The Image of M31, the Andromeda Galaxy shown below, was taken by Jim Zanardi at a rural observing site east of Solomon on Oct 30, 2008. A set of ten exposures were captured with a DSLR camera and 300 mm lens fitted to a tracking telescope mount. The exposures were combined in Photoshop (post-processed) by Tom Martinez to generate the final image.

The Transit image in upper left hand corner of page captured by Steve Blosser on 5-Jun-2012 with iOptron 60 Solar & 1.3 MP electronic eyepiece.
 
RECENT & HISTORIC EVENTS, LINKS TO CUT-OUT PLANISPHERE & Recommended Readings 

First Encounter with PLUTO - The New Horizons spacecraft is fast approaching its Flyby of Pluto on 14-Jul-2015. Learn more at following links: Article in 6-Jul NY Times titled ‘Almost Time for Pluto’s Close Up’ Link: http://nyti.ms/1JK5l7E; 13 minute video on New Horizons Mission and near-term Pluto Fly By on 14-Jul-2015, prepared by NYtimes Sci Journalist Dennis Overbye. Author of a) Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos and b) Einstein in Love Link: http://nyti.ms/1S3TJf1; Up to Date website: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/; and/or watch on PBS NOVA titled 'Chasing Pluto' on 15-Jul-2015 at 8 pm CDT. If you missed the program, you can still view online. Copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365527017/

Open List of links to Hubble Telecon, related Cosmological Images, and more, a pdf formatted file, by clicking following link: Cosmological Images, Telecon and more

Open SAC Reading List, a pdf formatted file, by clicking following link: Salina Astronomy Club Recommended Reading List, Rev A

See the Earthrise video which merges actual images taken by Apollo 8 astronauts in December 1968, audio from mission, and a re-creation of event by current lunar mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary(copy and paste following link into your browser): http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=4129
From the above webpage you can click a hyperlink to the full video on YouTube or you can download the full video in high resolution to your computer. Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio Earthrise

Can also read about simulation in NASA Releases New Earthrise Simulation Video http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-releases-new-earthrise-simulation-video

Comet Lovejoy is brighter than predicted, almost naked eye object at Magnitude 4.7 in town. Best observing with a waning Moon begins 7-Jan-2015 and continues through month of January. Astrophotographers have been capturing images since Christmas and before. If you wish to have your image(s) posted on club webisite, then please forward with details on equipment/software used. A good article titled 'How to See Comet Lovejoy' is at Sky& Telescope link: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/?et_mid=712911&rid=246409455.
Click to Download 10-Jan-2015 Images of Comet taken with 16" Ealing at KWU Observatory. File in Adobe PDF format

LINK TO PLANISPHERE DISTRIBUTED AT RECENT FESTIVAL IN LAKEWOOD PARK - copy and paste link into your search engine to download pdf file. Enjoy!!!
http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/do_science_now/science_apps_and_activities/starwheels

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

ALL ARE WELCOME Saturday, 9-Jul, TO FREE Observing Session - KWU Observatory and Rooftop. Come and go as you wish. Dr. Hanna will start with Astronomy talk to Upward Bound HS students in Rm 413. Solar Observing, transitioning to waxing crescent Moon, Planets, then later Deep Sky Objects 7:15 pm to 11 pm. Light Refreshments on 5th floor.

Monday, 9-May, Mercury Transit, 6 am to 1:30 pm Indian Rock Park,Salina; next to lodge at top of hill

The SkyWatch Calendar for 2015-16 can be downloaded by Clicking HERE




Next SAC Monthly Meeting - ALL are welcome
Monday, 1-Aug-2016 - Time: 7:30 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 7, from Explorations: Intro to Astronomy, Author: Thomas Arny, 6th Ed, 2010. Also, latest astronomy news will be reviewed.

RECENT EVENTS

Saturday, 2-April-2016, 6 pm to 11 pm, Star Party at The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, 2 miles north of Strong City, KS on Hwy 177. Learn more at link: https://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm

Friday, 8-April-2016, ALL ARE INVITED TO FREE Star Party at the Land Institute, 2440 E Water Well Rd, Salina, KS. Setup starting at 6 pm. Observing 7:30 to 11 pm. Come early to see the Sun through special filters fitted to telescopes

Friday, 4-March-2016, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU
FREE SkyWatch. All are invited. FREE program!!!
Women in Astronomy - From the first "calculators" to present day astronauts and astronomers, women have made great contributions to astronomy. SAC members Mary Lemon and David Hanson will present some highlights of the contributions women have made in the field.

SkyWatch, Wow! Fuzzies! Observing Messier Objects, 7:30 pm, Friday, 5-Feb-2016, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. SAC member Bob Bohata, Messier Observer Extraordinaire, will give hints for locating these difficult, but rewarding celestial objects.

SkyWatch, ET Phone Home, 7:30 pm, Friday, 15-Jan-2016, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. Astrobiology has been called a science in search of a subject. SAC member Dr. David Hanson will discuss astrobiology, exoplanets and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Observing Session in KWU Observatory, Friday, 18-Dec-2015, 7 pm to 9 pm, RSVP Jeffrey Kasoff if you wish to participate at 785-531-9593 (m) or e-mail dragonflyk@sbcglobal.net.


SkyWatch, Hunting the Winter Sky, 7:30 pm, Friday, 11-Dec-2015, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. Dr. Dorothy Hanna will give tips on locating constellations, planets and other objects of interest in the winter sky. Staying warm and safe observing in cold weather provided by SAC members.

SkyWatch, Space Exploration, 7:30 pm, Friday, 13-Nov-2015, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. Jeffrey Kasoff, SAC Secretary will give talk on Successes and Challenges of Space Exploration

SkyWatch, Equipment Basics, 7:30 pm, Friday, 23-Oct-2015, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. Jeffrey Kasoff, David Hanson,and Bob Bohata; will describe how to select and care for affordable astronomical equipment.


Early attempt at astrophotography through refurbished KWU 16" telescope

 SAC MEMBERSHIP

LEARN ABOUT CLUB MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
BY ATTENDING A MEETING OR A SKYWATCH PROGRAM.

Download SAC Membership Application Form
CLICK HERE to Download WORD Document file

CLICK HERE to Download Adobe PDF Document file


Nice AstroImage of M31 captured by Jim Zanardi

 
MAPS


KWU Campus Map




Map to Star Party at The Land Institute

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For more information, please contact Dr. Dorothy Hanna, Peters Science Hall,
NW corner of 4th & Cloud, Kansas Wesleyan University
100 E. Claflin, Salina, KS 67401.

785-833-4468

E-mail: dahanna@kwu.edu

 

SAC VIDEO SERIES


2012 - The End Is Near
by Dr. Dorothy Hanna

CLICK HERE to watch the Windows Media Format WMF Video.
CLICK HERE to watch the High Definition MPG Video.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD in PDF format Mars Exploration History, including links to two videos


 
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