Archive for August, 2009

Pulsar Planets

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Pulsar Planets
Pulsar Planets

Reminder:Night Sky Network Telecon

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Telecon August 27th LCROSS Mission with Brian Day
* Hidden Treasures in the Resource Guide
* ASP Workshop for Amateurs
* NASA Nationwide Consortium

> Telecon August 27th LCROSS Mission with Brian Day
The Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is scheduled to impact the lunar surface on October 9th, at 11:30 UT (7:30 a.m. EDT, 4:30 a.m. PDT), +/- 30 minutes, to confirm the presence or absence of water in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon’s South Pole. Our speaker will give us the background on the Mission and how we as amateurs can actively participate.

Brian Day is an avid amateur astronomer with the Fremont Peak Observatory Association in Northern California and Education and Public Outreach Lead for the LCROSS Mission and Technical Educational Lead for NASA/Ames Educational Technology Team.

Telescopes Plus a Movie in the Park. Sat Aug 22nd

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

At the last moment some of us have decided to set the telescopes up in the part at N. 48th Ave and Spinning Wheel Ave. In the Brighton East Farms Subdivision off of Bridge Between N 45th and N 50th Streets. Every one is welcome to come…

BLANK SUN:

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The sun is entering its 41st consecutive day without sunspots. This remarkable string of blank suns shows that we are still in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in a century. If the streak continues for 11 more days, it will match the longest blank spell of the current cycle.

Taken from http://spaceweather.com/

Send a special message that will last forever

Friday, August 14th, 2009

SentForever transmits your personal message into deep space. Once your message starts travelling, it will continue for the rest of eternity.

www.sendforever.com

Hello From Earth

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This site is collecting messages that will be transmitted to Gliese 581d, a planet outside our Solar System which may support life.

HelloFromEarth.net | Gliese 581d | National Science Week 2009

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What a Night!! and its not cloudy wooooohoooo…

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

It has been a great night out so far. We have company in from out of state, and we are watching the meteor shower. Even with the Moon we are still able to see some. Jupiter is fantastic. We are able to see all 4 of the Galileo Moon Callisto, Io, Ganymede, and Europa, and now the quarter moon is just coming in to view. What a great night.

Kepler Star Wheel

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Has sky positions of exoplanets discovered as of June 2009 from Interactive Extra-solar Planets Catalog, maintained by Jean Schneider (CNRS-LUTH, Paris Observatory).

Now you can build your own planet sphere with the known locations of planets discovered out side our solar system. Then you will know where to locate them in the night sky, and what time of year they will be visible. Plus it shows you the area of space where the Kepler Space telescope is staring, to monitor about 100,000 stars, to look for Earth size planets orbiting these stars.

Click here to download a PDF print out and instructions to build your own
Kepler Star Wheel

Click here for an animation on how the Kepler Space Telescope Detects Planets

For more informations about the Kepler Space Telescope click here

Astronomy.com – Keeping Texas nighttime skies dark

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The small residential development of Sierra La Rana, in the Big Bend Region of Texas, last week won the Dark Sky Friendly Development of Distinction designation.

Astronomy.com – Keeping Texas nighttime skies dark

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Astronomy.com – Stellar light show, and magic act, to begin

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Epsilon Aurigae’s unusual dimming remains mysterious, but help from amateur astronomers could change that.

Astronomy.com – Stellar light show, and magic act, to begin

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