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*Post-talk Comments on The Marks of Time
*Eclipse 2017
*Journey to Mars

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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Click on Underlined Name to Contact or Submit Membership Application

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 

Eclipse 21-August-2017. Learn as much as you might wish about eclipse by clicking on following link to A detailed PDF file

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

FREE SkyWatch, ALL ARE INVITED!!!
Friday, 2-Dec-2016, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU
SAC President, Dr. Dorothy Hanna, will give presentation on the Classes of Stars. Learn about Red Giants and White Dwarfs. Light Refreshments and rooftop observing follow talk. The observing session runs from 8:30 to 10 pm, weather permitting.

FREE SkyWatch, ALL ARE INVITED!!!
Friday, 4-Nov-2016, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU
SAC member, Steve Blosser, will give presentation on commercial space program from SpaceX and its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket. See link to SpaceX falcon 9 webpage to get some idea about program: http://www.spacex.com/falcon9

FREE SkyWatch, ALL ARE INVITED!!!
Friday, 7-Oct-2016, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU
SAC member, Steve Wilson, will give presentation on the building of a backyard observatory.

ALL ARE WELCOME Friday, 26-Aug Open Observatory Night at the KWU Observatory, on lawn and Rooftop, Peters Science Hall, 5th Floor. Come and go as you wish. Solar Observing, transitioning to Planets, then later Deep Sky Objects 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Do Not become discouraged by bad weather. We plan to have a Star Party on Sat, 3-Sep at The Land Institute, 2440 E Water Well Rd, Salina, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. We will see the Sun, a 5% illuminated waxing Moon till 9 pm, planets, and deep sky objects.

The SkyWatch Calendar for 2016-17
All are Invited - FREE Events


Classes of Stars (2-Dec), Stellar Archeology (20-Jan), Planetary Atmospheres/ Evolution of Earth’s Atmosphere (17-Feb), Cosmology (3-Mar) Spring 2017 (1-Apr) Star Party



Next SAC Monthly Meeting - ALL are welcome
Monday, 5-Dec-2016 - Time: 7:30 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 11, from Explorations: Intro to Astronomy, Author: Thomas Arny, 6th Ed, 2010. Also, latest astronomy news and eclipse plans will be reviewed.

RECENT EVENTS

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

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.


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

Click to download Epsilon_V Excel file

Click to download RR Lyr Excel file


 
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