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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/starclock/starwheel.pdf

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Observing Session 'Star Party' at The Land Institute, 2440 E Water Well Rd, Salina on Sat, 20-June. Solar Observing starts at 7:30 pm on the along fence, just south of the big Barn (See map below), weather permitting. Night Observing Session begins at 9 pm. All are welcome to this FREE event!!! Telescope setup as early as 7 pm

Sunday, 3-May, Solar Observing 11 am to 4 pm at Discover Salina Naturally Festival, Lakewood Park, Salina

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

Next SAC Monthly Meeting
Monday, 3-August-2015
- Time: 7:30 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 16, Titled: ' The Milky Way Galaxy' from Explorations: Intro to Astronomy, Author Thomas Arny, 6th Ed, 2010. Also, latest astronomy news will be reviewed. Make plans to observe Perseids on Wed, 12-Aug into wee hours of Thursday. Lastly, we will review and agree on SkyWatch Schedule for 2015-2016.


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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