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*Post-talk Comments on The Marks of Time

News
Spring Star Party at the Land Institute has been rescheduled from 10-April to 17-April. Open Observatory night at KWU on Fri, 24-April is CANCELLED because of severe weather forecast. Open revised Skywatch Schedule to see details. All are invited!!!

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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 & LINK TO CUT-OUT PLANISPHERE 

Open Observatory night 24-April-2015 is CANCELLED because of severe weather forecast!!!

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

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/starclock/starwheel.pdf

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, 24-Apr, Open Observatory Evening at KWU CANCELLED because of severe weather forecast

Friday, 17-Apr, Star Party at the Land Institute, Raindate: Sat, 18-Apr

Total Lunar Eclipse Sat, 4-April-2015 near sunrise!!! See partial eclipse starting at 5:15 am, total begins 6:54 am, total ends 7:06 am, sunrise 7:12 am, followed by moonset at 7:17 am. Forecast clear skies and temps in mid 30s. ENJOY

Register for Intro to Astronomy (Three sessions in April), part of Spring CLASS offering at Salina Public Library.CLICK HERE to download dates, times, and description of sessions in pdf file

Friday, 13-Mar-2015, Time: 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU, corner of 4th and Cloud, Salina, KS. Science and Superstition -Ancient (and some modern) cultures have long viewed amazing astronomical events -- such as comets and eclipses, bright stars and planets, solstices and equinoxes -- as a heavenly sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen here on Earth. Salina Astronomy Club member Dr. David Hanson will share how the heavens have been interpreted by various cultures. No black cats, broken mirrors, or ladders -- just an insightful glimpse at the science in the sky that shook up the superstitious in times past. Light Refreshments after talk and rooftop observing in the Observatory and through member telescopes, weather permitting. Sunset 7:35 pm CDT, so come up to observatory at 6 pm for 30 minute solar observing session, again weather-permitting.

Friday, 13-Feb-2015, Time: 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU, corner of 4th and Cloud, Salina, KS. in peril and heroes to the rescue –the constellations tell stories of romance and adventure from ancient times. Dr. Dorothy Hanna will discuss the stories behind the constellations of late winter and early spring skies.

Friday, 16-Jan-2015, Time: 7:30 pm, Program Topic: The Sun, Our Star - As the star nearest the Earth, our Sun offers an opportunity to study stars up close, revealing amazing details of the structure of a star’s surface and atmosphere. Salina Astronomy Club member Mary Lemon will share some of these most recent discoveries of our star.

Friday, 17-Oct Galaxies - by David Hanson, How do galaxies form? What is the relationship between the type and the age of a galaxy? How do galaxies change over time and what happens when galaxies collide? Dr. David Hanson of the Salina Astronomy Club will address these and other questions related to galactic evolution.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REVISED 2014-2015 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 7:30 pm on the first Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Next SAC Monthly Meeting
Monday, 13-Apr-2015
- Time: 7:30 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 14, Titled: 'Stellar Evolution' from Explorations: Intro to Astronomy. We will be looking for member commitments for April events and for Thurs, 23-Apr session at library (i.e., show and tell for member binoculars and and telescopes). Also, latest astronomy news will be reviewed.


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.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD in PDF format Mars Exploration History, including links to two videos


 
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