Just a quick reminder that FAS will be on the top of Pilot Mountain State Park, NC. tonight.
The forecast is for cloudy skies during the day, but clearing by evening. So let’s hope for the best. But keep watching your email just in case the situation changes.
Remember that it is always colder (and a lot more windy) up on the mountain than here in town, so dress accordingly. See you there (I hope)!
Sunset: 6:15 PM
Astronomical twilight: 7:40
Hi FAS people:
After missing last weekend (and, alas, a very nice clear sky last Saturday night), we are trying again for our public observation at Pilot Mountain this Saturday, March 1. The current forecast is tricky. It calls for cloudy skies most of the day Saturday, but clearing by the evening. Obviously, this can change either way. i will be sending out a weather update on Friday.
Guilford Technical Community College
Saturday 1 March 2014
Pre-TriStar Shapley Lecture
by Western Kentucky Univ. Astronomer Gordon Emslie
Friday, 28 February, 7:00 p.m.
The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star* for short, is a gathering of astronomers of all types, from novice to professional, for a full day of presentations, displays, and observing. The event allows astronomy enthusiasts to share ideas, learn about a range of astronomical topics, get together with old friends, and make new ones. The event will draw astronomers from North Carolina and surrounding states.
Posted in Tri-Star
Tagged GTCC, TriStar
Our February speaker, Jonathan Ward, is no stranger to FAS club members.
Previously he delighted us with 3D images of Mars, and led us on an exploration of Saturn through images returned by the Cassini spacecraft. Jonathan is currently working on a book entitled “All Systems Go!” about the largely-forgotten people of Kennedy Space Center and the work that that they did. During the heyday of the Apollo era, more than 24,000 men and women worked at Kennedy Space Center. Under an impossibly short time frame, they built the facilities and tested and launched the spacecraft that would carry 24 American astronauts to the Moon and back. His February presentation to will show us behind-the-scenes shots of facilities and people as they prepared and launched America’s moon rockets. He’ll share with us some of the stories of the technicians and engineers, their near-misses, and successes. He will also bring in examples of what was then cutting edge technology, including actual control panels from the Launch Control Center. Join us at 7:30PM on the 25th for a peek inside one of the most important scientific endeavors of the last century.
The observation will be March 1, 2014 not the February date posted before.
Check back as we post possible cool objects to see.
Come join Forsyth Astronomical Society at Pilot Mountain State Park for an evening of view the night sky, it is a great time of the year for viewing the wonder of the night sky. Club members will be in the parking area at the top of the knob during the afternoon for solar viewing. As the sun sets members will be setting up there scope for the public to view. Come on out ask questions and do a little time travel and look up.
Sunset: 6:16 PM – This is a good time to arrive as the stars start to come out.
Astronomic Dusk: 7:41 PM –
Directions and Other Information
A few of the things to see and many more!
Jupiter – It should be a great night to view this giant planet.
Orion Nebula –
NCDARK and FAS members,
Looks as if the lighting industry may be waking up to something we’ve known for many years. Lighting Engineer Terry McGowan states that “light is a drug”.
Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/technology/personaltech/leds-change-thinking-about-the-light-bulb.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140205&tntemail0=y&_r=0
Check out this link https://www.google.com/#q=Bruce+Mellin+Comet+ISON+
You should find that our Mr. Bruce Mellin’s is in the news!
Boston Globe link.
On Monday, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics released new images of the comet moving in front of a backdrop of stars. The images were taken by retired school teacher Bruce Mellin, using a network of telescopes called the MicroObservatory that can be controlled over the Internet and is used in classrooms.
Was there anyone who contributed more to modern amateur astronomy than John Dobson? If so, it must be a short list. From the inexpensive mount that bears his name and revolutionized the design of amateur telescopes, to the active public outreach typified by the Sidewalk Astronomers, Dobson’s impact is all over our field. His unique philosophy and enthusiasm about the wonders of the night sky was infectious. He has been a fixture of amateur astronomy for so long that perhaps we all thought he would be around forever. Alas, that was not so: he passed away this week at the age of 98.
John Dobson was one of a kind. There are no more like him.
More on John Dobson from Wikipedia