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

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!!! STAR PARTY AT THE LAND INSTITUTE CANCELLED FOR SAT, 29-APRIL-2017, BECAUSE OF CLOUDS AND RAIN ON 29-APRIL !!!

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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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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 THIS file updated 9, 10-Jul-2017

Excellent Article titled "25 things to bring to the eclipse" can be viewed by copying and pasting following link into your browser-
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/05/25-things-to-bring-to-the-eclipse

JK Addendum – Be sure to start road trip to totality path with full tank and if possible have full tank for return trip.
A well-maintained vehicle will make for less stressful travels and for a successful adventure.

Download Shutter Speed/ISO Calculator for Motion Blur-Free imaging of Mid-Corona during Totality by clicking on THIS Excel File

Comet 41P/TGK is now visible mid-March through April. Click to open Star Chart Revised 18-Mar-2017 and click to open Ephemeris

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



Friday, 27-Oct-2017, ALL are invited to Free SkyWatch Program - Moon Lore, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU. Names, myths, facts and fiction about the Moon, with suggestions of what to look for when viewing the Moon. Presented by SAC member and KWU professor Dr. Dorothy Hanna
Refreshment after talks and observatory/ rooftop viewing of the night sky, weather permitting

SkyWatch
All are Invited to our FREE SkyWatches held on Fridays in Room 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU, starting at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted, Observing on 5th floor after talk starting about 8:30 pm, weather-permitting


SkyWatch Topics and dates 2017-18
Solar Eclipse in Retrospect (15-Sep), Moon Lore (27-Oct), Life on Icy Worlds (10-Nov), Equipment Show and Tell (8-Dec), Exoplanets (19-Jan-2018), Planetary Atmospheres (23-Feb), James Webb Telescope and Large Structure in the Universe (9-Mar), Spring Star Party at The Land Institute (13-Apr)

Click to View and/or Download SkyWatch Schedule 2017-18



Next SAC Monthly Meeting - ALL are welcome
Monday, 2-Oct-2017 - Time: 7:30 p.m. - Rm 418, Peters Science Hall, KWU campus. We will discuss Chapter 13, from Explorations: Intro to Astronomy, Author: Thomas Arny, 6th Ed, 2010. Also, latest astronomy news will be reviewed.

PAST EVENTS Open Observatory night, 5th floor, Peters Science Hall, KWU, Tues, 14-March, 8-9 pm. All are invited.

Free SkyWatch Presentation by the Salina Astronomy Club - Friday, 3-March-2017, 7:30 p.m. Room 229, Peters Science Hall, 4th St and Cloud, KWU ALL ARE INVITED !!!
Topic: Cosmology - by Dr. Dorothy Hanna, Come and learn about our latest understanding of the formation and evolution of the Universe and its fate.

FREE SkyWatch, ALL ARE INVITED!!! Friday, 17-February-2017, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Hanna Topic: Winter Constellations/ Asterisms and Valentine's Themed Myths about the Night Sky

FREE SkyWatch, ALL ARE INVITED!!!
Friday, 20-Jan-2017, 7:30 pm, Rm 229, Peters Science Hall, KWU
SAC Secretary, Jeffrey Kasoff, will give presentation on the Stellar Archaeology. Learn about the search for fossil stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. These extremely 'metal-poor' stars may be almost as old as the universe.

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.

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.

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

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BY ATTENDING A MEETING OR A SKYWATCH PROGRAM.

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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

Mailing Address:
Kansas Wesleyan University
100 E. Claflin Ave
Salina, KS 67401
Attn: Dr. Dorothy Hanna

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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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