Forsyth Astronomical Society held a public outreach at Pilot Mt. State Park, NC to view the partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014. About 250 people traveled to the parking lot at the top of the knob to view one of the wonders of our solar system.
Ten club members setup six solar observing scopes, handed out solar glasses, and provided other cool devices so all could enjoy a great view. There were people from four countries and all over the North Carolina Triad.
The Winston-Salem Journal’s Lauren Carroll was there taking great pictures check them out or here.
“The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. High school students helped design some of the cameras’ components, through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program, and student teams operate the experiment.”
ENVIRONMENTAL MOVIE/SPEAKER NIGHT
@ Temple Emanuel
201 Oakwood Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27103
7:00pm, Thursday, November 6, 2014
Topic: Lights, Lights, Lights (Light Pollution)
Film: “The City Dark”
THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky.
After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above.
Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
Dan Caton – Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Director of Observatories at Appalachian State University. Masters Degree and a PhD in astronomy. As the founding president of the North Carolina Section of the International Dark-Sky Association, Dan works to reduce light pollution in the state. He is part of a group of researchers on the lights, and operates two cameras nightly imaging the mountain and the Linville Gorge.
Schedule for the 2014-2015 Movie Season: 1st Thursday of the month
December 4, 2014 – Dam Nation
January 8, 2015 – Thin Ice
February 5, 2015 – A River of Waste
OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER!
With knowledge, we can make positive environmental changes! ALL ARE WELCOME! Refreshments provided Free Admission — Contributions Appreciated to offset our costs
If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Tuch 766-2767 or email@example.com
Presented by Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement (TEEM), a sub-committee of the Social Action Committee
Local times for eclipse in Winston-Salem on Thursday, October 23, 2014
Partial Eclipse begins Oct 23 at 5:58 PM 251°West-southwest 6.2° Eclipse as seen from earth The Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Some club members will be setting up earlier to allow members of the public to view our SUN.
Maximum Eclipse Oct 23 at 6:31 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° Eclipse as seen from earth Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.
Sunset Oct 23 at 6:33 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° below Not directly visible Below horizon
This eclipse is in progress during sunrise or sunset, so the Sun is displayed only partly in some phases, according to its altitude below the horizon. The animation’s bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.
Important Safety Warning. It is extremely dangerous to look at the Sun with your naked eyes. Regular sunglasses are worthless for this event; they will not protect your eyes. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you look at the Sun with binoculars or telescopes without proper protection. FAS will have special solar filers and projection setups to provide a safe viewing experience. Do not bring your own binoculars or telescope to this event unless you have contacted FAS first (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if you have the proper solar protection equipment.