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*Skywatch Schedule 2013-2014
*Winter Observing Tips by Alan Witzgall
*Neptune - The Last Gas Giant
*Post-talk Comments on The Marks of Time
*Info Links & books about Saturn, The Ringed Planet
*Rise and Set Time for Sun, 2012
*Fraction of Moon Illuminated, 2012
*Rise and Set Time for Moon, 2012

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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
Marge Steckfus
Sally Stephens
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 OR IMPORTANT EVENTS 
Free SkyWatch Program - Double and Variable Stars on Friday, 7-Mar-2014, 7:30 p.m., Room 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU.
Stars can be an interesting observing target. SAC member Jeffrey Kasoff will discuss double and variable stars, their origins, features and scientific significance and give tips on observing them.

Free SkyWatch Program - Astronomy in the News on Friday, 7-Feb-2014, 7:30 p.m., Room 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU.
Learn why NASA is so interested in ET Ice, news about solar storms & Space Weather,latest model of our Milky Way Galaxy
and more from Salina Astronomy Club members.

***** Free Presentation by Dr. Steven Hawley, Astrophysicist and veteran shuttle astronaut, RESCHEDULED FOR Thursday, 13-Feb-2014, 1:30 pm, at Peters Science Hall, Rm 229, Kansas Wesleyan University.
Telescopes and the Space Shuttle -- How Engineering and Astronomy United to Change My Life and Our Understanding of the Universe *****

Free SkyWatch - Friday, 10-Jan-2014, 7:30 p.m., Room 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU -
Jeffrey Kasoff, Club Secretary, will discuss astronomical objects in the winter sky and give hints on the best ways to observe them. We will also entertain comments on evolutionary cosmology.

Free SkyWatch Program, Friday, 6-Dec-2013, 7:30 pm, at Peters Science Hall, Rm 229, Kansas Wesleyan University.
Astonomy Show and Tell - SAC members will bring various telescopes and other observing tools, discuss their uses and give participants an opportunity for questions and hands on examination.

Free SkyWatch Program, Friday, 1-Nov-2013, 7:30 pm, at Peters Science Hall, Rm 229, Kansas Wesleyan University.
KWU Professor Dorothy Hanna will lead a discussion on objects in the sky which are not stars their identities, origins and how best to observe them.

Free SkyWatch Program, Friday, 4-Oct-2013, 7:30 pm, at Peters Science Hall, Rm 229, Kansas Wesleyan University.
Drs. David Hanson and Dorothy Hanna will discuss and demonstrate features of the moon and how its illumination at various phases impacts lunar observation.

FREE Star Party at the Land Institute,Sunday, 8-Sept-2013 8:00 p.m.
See a setting Saturn, waxing crescent Moon setting at 9:30 pm, Ring Nebula, Double Stars, and deep sky objects 'Fuzzies'. Setup starts at 6:30 pm. Sunset at 7:49 pm. Skies will be fully dark after 9 pm. Bring telescopes, binoculars or just your interest in the night sky. Address: 2440 E Water Well Rd (See map below).

 
UPCOMING EVENTS


FREE Star Party at the Land Institute,Friday, 11-Apr-2014 8:00 p.m.
See Jupiter and its Galilean Moons, a rising Mars, a waxing Gibbous Moon, Double Stars like Algieba and Algorab; and deep sky objects 'Fuzzies' like M79, M3, & M42. Setup starts at 6:00 pm. Sunset at 8:04 pm CDT. Skies will be dark after 9 pm. Bring telescopes, binoculars or just your interest in the night sky. Address: 2440 E Water Well Rd (See map below).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMPLETE 2013-2014 SKYWATCH SCHEDULE IN PDF FORMAT

Please feel free to join us at one of our regular Salina Astronomy Club (SAC) meetings as listed below...Meetings normally held at 7:45 pm on the first Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Next SAC Monthly Meeting
Monday, 7-Apr-2014
- Time: 7:45 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 5, Telescopes of Explorations: Intro to Astronomy. Also, latest astronomy news will be reviewed

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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.

785-827-5541, Ext. 2418

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.


 
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