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Minutes from AANC Board Meeting: Jan 19, 2002
Dates of board meetings in 2003:
(Sundays) Jan 19, Mar 16, May 18, Jul 13, Sep 7, Nov 2.
Meeting called to order 10:23 a.m.
Michael brought minutes from the previous meeting. Moved and seconded
With Don absent, moved and seconded to waive the reading of the
San Francisco State University (Michel) -- Public observing and
planetarium shows at SFSU will resume in Spring 2003. Details to follow.
Project ASTRO and Family ASTRO (Michel) --
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 01:35:13 EST
SF Sidewalk Astronomers (Jane) -- Had three sidewalk astronomy outings
SFAA (Michael) -- has had a changing of the guard. New officers MP,
SFSU and Project Astro reports have been sent in by Michel. One
SJAA (Mojo) -- has monthly general meetings. Speaker last night was Dr.
FPOA -- (Report by Mojo) The area at the park around the observatory has
MDAS -- Tom Harris. (Tom told the story of his first telescope and
MDAS, Liede-Marie -- We have 187 members and growing. We have two
Hercules Stargazers -- Dec. 7 stargaze cancelled for hazy sky. March 29
Election of officers for 2003: Nominated are Jane Houston Jones,
AANC Award nominations:
2003 AANC events:
Spring Astronomy Day, May 10. Every club may or may not do astronomy
Shingletown Star Party has joined AANC. It'll happen around June new
We won't have a conference this year.
FPOA Star-B-Q, new moon weekend in August.
Don Machholz started an event last year called Starry Nights in the
ASP annual meeting will again be in Berkeley, Oct 11-12. Last year AANC
Fall Astronomy day, this year the Randall Museum wants to have an
Meeting adjourned at 12:16 p.m.
SFAA club report by Nancy Cox:
New SFAA officers for 2003:
Other positions (appointed):
*Means new to this position this year
Dates and times for SFAA Star Parties 2003:
Mt. Tamalpais (at Rock Springs)
Rest of speakers to be announced
Jan 11 2003: Annual SFAA Dinner held at Basque Cultural Center, South SF
SFAA Monthly Mtgs
After Labor Day, Sept 1 this year, possible change in site when Morrison
Short and sweet -- Nancy Cox
AANC meeting March 16, 2003
Meeting called to order 10:10 a.m.
$4482 Franklin Money Fund
$2867 Washington Mutual
$6769 total assets
We have 13 paid members. Treasurer's report accepted by the Board (Mojo moved, ???seconded) end of minutes
AANC Awards 2003
The following were selected:
Spring Astronomy Day
May 10. Jane will compile events--send plans to her. Will also send info to newspapers.
Fall Astronomy Day
Sept 6. Randall Museum has already planned event. Morrison has conflict--they already sceduled another event. Fall Astronomy day, this year the Randall Museum wants to have an all-day fall event at the Randall. September 6. This conflicts with the SFAA City Star Party out at Land's End. It's proposed to hold the City Star Party at the Randall instead that day. SFAA is coordinating with the ranger at Land's End. SFAA will decide at its next board meeting. Jane will make an effort to hold a Sunday event next year. As the event is just a week past Mars opposition, a martian theme follows naturally.
Shingletown Star Party, now AANC member, has event at Shingletown airport. It'll happen June 25-30. AANC will be one of the sponsors. You can camp alongside the runway. More information and fliers and such will be forthcoming. Motion (Mojo, 2nd LiedeMarie): AANC sponsors Shingletown Star Party with $200 support. Motion passed.
AANC/FPOA Star-B-Q, July 26. Conflicts with various other events, but what the hey. Motion (Carter, 2nd Michael): We cover half the food costs for the StarBQ. Motion passed.
Starry Nights/ organized by Don Machholz, happens in the Sierra. This year it's August 22-23 and 29-30.
ASP annual meeting will again be in Berkeley, Oct 11-12. Last year AANC co-sponsored and provided volunteers, and we'll do that again this year. Sat is Board meeting and banquet with David Levy as speaker on "Comets Colliding into Planets". Sunday is main program with several speakers.Joint Conference of AAVSO, ALPO, and Astronomical League in 2004. CSSC will invite AANC to cohost with EAS. July 20-24, 2004. Banquet possibly on USS Hornet. Will try to get Buzz Aldrin as speaker. Does AANC want to co-host? Consensus is "yes."
Meeting adjourned at 12:14 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center (CSSC) has new executive Director, Alexandra Barnett. Started full time this past Monday. Two weeks ago, John Glenn spoke at Chabot, with special reception afterward. EAS annual dinner tonight with Alex Barnett speaking on ideas for changes at Chabot. Harold Weaver is giving main talk. Two weeks from tonight will be members observing night at Chabot weather permitting.
Fremont Peak Observatory Association (FPOA) The state issued an RFI for the "astronomy concession" at Fremont Peak State Park, and it was written in a way that may mean that FPOA will be the only respondent. Responses are due on March 18, and FPOA sent its response and application last week. If FPOA is awarded a concession contract, it will mean more control for FPOA over programs and volunteer training -- a good thing. The new observing pads and multi-use area built by State Parks around the observatory are really nifty. A full schedule of public programs is set for 2003. The observatory will be open to the public every Saturday evening from April 26 through October 25, except for the Saturday closest to the full moon. Solar programs are offered once a month. See the website for details. http://www.fpoa.net
Hercules Stargazers Binocular viewing in S. Florida. Next stargaze sessions: April 26, May 31. Tentative plans to have a table at Academy of Sciences May 10 Astronomy Day. Tentatively, Lunar Eclipse viewing Thur May 15. March 17 St Patrick's day -- also 13th anniversary of the beginning of Hercules Stargazers (Green Star Mitzvah)
Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Public shows every Sat and Sun 1pm Journey to the Moon (ages 4+), 2:15 pm [current show posted at http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium, 3:30 pm Constellations Tonight (ages 6 & up). Public Stargazing every 1st and 3rd Sat evening 9-11 April 15-Oct. 1 and 8-10 Oct. 2-April 14.
Marin Observational Observers (MOO :-) No grass grows under the observing ladders of the MOOers. We are the amateur astronomers who live in Marin County and look through our telescopes alot. During March we held two sidewalk events near the Rafael Film Center (witht he Sidewalk Astronomers), three school star parties and a dozen driveway astronomy events in San Rafael and also some Dark Sky outings to Lake Sonoma to the north. Events coming up are a Messier Marathon at Lake Sonoma on March 29th. Driveway, School and Sidewalk events are communicated on the Sidewalk Astronomers email list here: http://www.sfsidewalkastronomers.org/pipermail/sfevents/. No meetings, no dues, no officers, just stargazing
Mt Diablo Astronomical Society (MDAS) March 8, MDAS had first pub prog for 2003. Clouded out quickly but 40-50 were there to view through 12 scopes, but over by 8:30. Next Public night will be clear April 5. Board meeting Mar 10. Ellis will get Helen Pillans award at EAS banquet tonight. Mar 25 Eugene Chiang will speak on Kuiper Belt. Apr 22 Dr Gibor Basri on Black Holes or the Science of Science Fiction. Eclipse viewing at Briones (Bear Creek) May 15. April 6 at Briones there will be viewing. April 9 at Los Paroles School, May 1st in Oakley.
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) The SFAA City Star Parties for February and March were a great success, with lectures on Saturn and Jupiter, excellent attendance, and passable to superb skies.
San Francisco State University (SFSU) Observatory (aka SOEFA - Stonestown Observatory for Extreme Ultra-Foggy Astronomy) is open to the public 3 nights a week this semester. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00, plus solar observing. Please check schedule online for more information: http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/~letsch/observatory/. Also, it's advised to call the observatory to find out if its open, for weather conditions maybe uncertain. -Michel Lay SOEFA rep
Sidewalk Astronomers, founded in 1968 held, bring telescopes to the city streets of San Francisco and environs when weather and inclination permit.
San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) is holding their annual auction in April on SUNDAY April 13 at noon, to be followed by a special meeting at 7:00 p.m. with a lecture by Fulvio Melia, author of "The Black Hole at the Middle of the Galaxy." On May 17 Norm Sperling will speak on his new book, "What Your Astronomy Textbook Won't Tell You." Saturday March 29 is a special observing event, a hosted Messier Marathon at Henry Coe State Park. Observing lists will be available at the site, a novice list of bright easy to find objects, a half list for those who want to sleep, and the full list for marathoners. In addition, star parties are held in town at Houge Park on first quarter and third quarter Friday nights. ATM class continues to meet twice montly, and the observational astronomy class meets at Houge Park on third-quarter Fridays. http://www.sjaa.net. Full-year SJAA calendar at http://www.svpal.org/~jvn/year2003.htm. For Mar-May:
Sonoma County Astronomical Society (SCAS) meets second Wednesday of the month at Proctor Terrace Elementary 4th Street and Bryden Lane, Santa Rosa
Star parties are held first quarter moon Saturday at Youth Community Park, Fulton Road between Guerneville and Piner Roads. The club holds dark sky star parties (for members only) at the club's Palmieri location on new moon weekends.
Meeting called to order 10:10 a.m.
$4477 Franklin Money Fund
$2293 Washington Mutual
6418 total assets
end of minutes Jane's Reports
Tom Harris--MDAS is going to Yosemite. We get to see Mars again. Last public had 15 scope 47 people. Liede Marie: next speaker in July is Tinka Ross. August--author of the book "The Big Splat".
Carter EAS and Chabot Space & Science Ctr next lecture is joint with Chabot: Chris McKay on Aug 9 speaking in the planetarium. Carter is rounding up volunteers to extend the viewing session Satruday night to view Mars--go later since Mars is best viewed later. Chabot opened new Mars exhibit on July 4. Has big relief Mars globe. Chabot's new 36" was dedicated. Telescope is named Nellie after one of the donors. There are a whole series of Mars talks this summer. SFAA members will be visiting Chabot in September 13 for Mars viewing after public viewing (11pm).
Michael Portuesi--SFAA Nancy Cox wrote detailed report.
Dennis LeClert--Stockton. [personal: New address: 8427 Melrose Dr. Also married Sep 1 last year. SAS Meets at the Clever Planetarium at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton on 2ndd Thursday at 7:30 PM. Next meeting August 14. No program announced at this time. Saturday, Aug 2, &:00 PM to ? - Midsummer Star Party and Social at the 4000' heliport on Hwy 88. A-G bring dessert, H-L bring salad, M-Z bring main dish. Questions? Contact Kay Gorman at 209/942-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org Star party dates: Hwy 4 - July 19, Aug. 23. Peddler Hill - July 26, Aug. 30. Next Sky Tours public star parties: Aug. 1, Sept. 5.
Ilona Magyary--SMAS outreach program in conjunction iwth college of San Mateo Fri July 11 public program. New president is Marion Weiler. 35 people attended banquet, honor 40 years service from Mike Ryan. 106 paid members. Lots of attendance at planetarium. Physics and astronomy studenst get extra credit for attending. (Darryl Stanford). In Sep there will be speaker on infrared objects visible in amateur telescopes.
John Westfall--ALPO Founded in 1947. After membership decline, we are back up to 470. Journal is avilable in hard copy and electronically. Mars observations current. There was dust storm in Hellas, but it's died down. There's still haze/dust. Meeting In Boardman Ohio Aug 7. Next year meeting will be joint with other groups, in Bay area. Strolling Astronomer newsletter (PDF) is free and online.
Morris Jones--SJAA--met last night, talk by Kirkbright on observatory with 16" Schmidt Cass. Bimonthly city star parties at Hoagie park. Meetings on full moon Saturday night. Telescope making class. Intro to Astronomy Class.
Alan Gould--Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Public shows every Sat and Sun 1pm Journey to the Moon (ages 4+), 2:15 pm Red Planet Mars [current show posted at http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium, 3:30 pm Constellations Tonight (ages 6 & up). Public Stargazing every 1st and 3rd Sat evening 9-11 April 15-Oct. 1 and 8-10 Oct. 2-April 14. Rocks 'n' Stars: Night Above the Bay, At Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, Friday, July 18, 5-11 p.m. (see http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/specialevents/specialevents.html#rocks). Catch the sunset at 8:30, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. Experience Forces That Shape the Bay, our new outdoor science park, plus Stargaze with our astronomers, Watch a super-size sand sculpture take shape, Learn the secrets of yo-yo's, juggling sticks, and spinning tops with virtuoso Cliff Coleman. Standard admission prices apply: $8 adults, $6 youth, $4 children.Ê Cash Bar. Special offer for AANC:ÊÊ Print this email and take it with you to Rocks 'n' Stars to receive two for one admission on Friday, July 18.David Harris--Hercules Star Gazers
Michelle SFSU at end of last semester there were 10 planetarium shows mostly from LHS PASS published shows. President of University stopped by exhibit on astronomy by SFSU students.
Len Nelson SCAS - Community Activities Director -- In May, we had a great speaker from JPL a Mark Raymond whose subject was "Rocketing to the Future". He discussed the trials and tribulations they had with Deep Space 1. In June we had a fantastic speaker by the names of Jane & Mojo Jones. They discussed the 2002 Leonid Mac Mission they went on. Most recently, in July, we had John Westfall who gave an interesting talk entitled "What to do with the Moon". I am not sure who our future speaker are at this stage. That needs to come from our VP Lucy McMahon who I will cc. In July on 16/20 the SCAS joined by a number of RFO docents will go to do public astronomy at Yosemite. We still have openings at the group campground at Bridalveil if any one else wishes to join us. Please have them contact me though in advance & they must bring an astronomical telescope. The SCAS does not have an August general meeting but rather has its annual Star-B-Que at the Robert Ferguson Observatory. The date is Saturday, 8/2. The SCAS Board meeting is on 7-15 at my house in Petaluma. We'll meet the new Young Astronomer Adult Advisor, Gary Jordan, and vote to accept him in that capacity after discussing the matter and his bio & plans with him. Then, we plan to discuss the YA and some possible changes to how we decide on who gets a scope and what the requirements may be for retaining their scope and expectations of the SCAS on these individuals to use it appropriately. Agenda on this matter is yet being developed. Coby Lafayette needs to participate in this discussion but curently cannot come to the meeting. Due to cost consideration, the cost for sponsoring a scope is increasing form $175 to $200. Membership info - Currently the SCAS has about 100 paid members. We need to discuss how we are going to 'encourage' those who have not yet rejoined a the Board meeting 7-15. It is not unusual though for a sizeable number to not renew immediately. Harry Linder is the Membership Director and by cc of this email to him...perhaps he can provide you with more details on membership ad of this time. The SCAS plans to consolidating the Young Astronomers newsletter into that of he SCAS's 'Sonoma Skies' beginning in September. In September I will give a talk to the YA on The Moon, then, in October & November, Jane Houston will discuss the Leonids and The Milky Way. She'll also talk about the Gas Giants...probably in January when they are again visible in the early evening. I and Merlin Combs are planning a talk on Aurora possibly in December.
Secretary, Alan Gould, give special thanks to everyone who sends their report via e-mail, and to Morris for transcribing the SFAA report.
For planning, Carter can represent EAS. John W can represent ALPO. Ilona with SMAS. Alan Gould with LHS.
Don discussed preliminary budget of ALCON 2004. There is potential to MAKE money. If that happens, how does pie get divided? This can be subject of a consortium committee meeting. A lot of Convention Jobs are open to be filled: Chair/Coordinator, V-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer (Don Stone), Publicity/ Marketing (ASP+?), Papers, Website for planning (Jane&Mojo), Tours & Trans (Mike Reynolds), AV, Program coordinating (John W: each organization should organize their own paper sessions), Printed Program (Mojo does design, Carter does reproduction), Displays/Exhibits, Door Prizes, Proceedings, Photos/Gr Photo (Tom Harris), Reg Table, Tshirt (Debbie Dyke), Tour Guides, Insp Gadget (Carter), Lodging/Housing, Facilities, Volunteer Coordinator (for helping at the event).
Dennis moved that AANC formally be a participant in the Joint Conference (Triple Conjunction). Tom seconded. Motion passed.
Morris moved that AANC contribute $1000 in seed money for the conference. Carter seconded. Motion passed. John W said he could raise issue of seed money with ALPO Board.
AANC/FPOA Star-B-Q, July 26. Conflicts with various other events, but what the hey. From past meeeting, AANC will cover half the food costs for the StarBQ. Motion passed.
Fall Astronomy Day
Sept 6. Randall Museum has already planned Fall Astronomy day, an all-day fall event at the Randall. As the event is just a week past Mars opposition, a martian theme follows naturally. See http://www.whiteoaks.com/jane/Mars for Mars opposition info.
Starry Nights/ organized by Don Machholz, happens in the Sierra. This year it's August 22-23 and 29-30. Website is http://www.geocities.com/donmachholz
ASP annual meeting will again be in Berkeley, Oct 11-12. Last year AANC co-sponsored and provided volunteers, and we'll do that again this year. Sat is Board meeting and banquet with David Levy as speaker on "Comets Colliding into Planets". Sunday is main program with several speakers. See http://www.astrosociety.org.P>AANC Awards 2003
The following were selected:
Jane gave the awards to each person at appropriate events.
Jane has sketch in August issue of Astronomy magazine, p. 85. Also has piece in the Reflector (AL). Also had link on an Astronomy Picture of the Day. Congratulations!!
Meeting adjourned at 12:25 p.m.
Meeting called to order 10:25 a.m.
Treasurer not present. From last meeting (July 2003):
Carter EAS and Chabot Space & Science Ctr -- Mars chaos lately. Carter had suggested extended Mars viewing (until 2am Saturdays). Then opened Fridays also. Lines got REALLY long--Chabot has been inundated with Mars fans. Mars exhibits (with big relief Mars globe) and gift store were open for admission charge--included planetarium show. Nick Cannis from SFAA is speaker for next meeting, on The Decline and Rebirth of Astronomy in Medieval and Rennaissance Europe--there are some issues with having Mars viewing for public same night. Chabot is doing restructuring--proposed being open certain days for public and other days mainly for school programs.
Nancy Cox - SFAA - City star party last night-no fog-lots of people, beginnners from the public. Nancy spoke on how to get started observing. It was beautiful. Red sun at sunset. About 20 people. Moon viewing was good--crater Gassendi was great. One more City Star party Oct 4. Sep 27 willb last Mt Tam Star Party for the year (with somebody from Hubble Heritage Team speaking). One change for next year: Mt Tam Star Parties will be on 1st quarter Moon now. Third Wed of Nov (Nov 19) there will be special planetarium show by Bing Quock--last time to see the Morrison vintage projector before it's retired. Aug 23 SFAA had observing on Boot Jack camp on Mt Tam--GREAT Mars viewing. Aug 30 at Mt Tam there were 40 telescopes and parking lots filled. Academy will be located at 4th and Howard. SFAA will meet at Randall Jr. Museum (199 Museum Way) in 2004. [also visit the slickenside cliff there]
Alan Gould--Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Public shows every Sat and Sun, 1pm Journey to the Moon (ages 4+), 2:15 pm Red Planet Mars [current show posted at http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium, 3:30 pm Constellations Tonight (ages 6 & up). Public Stargazing every 1st and 3rd Sat evening 9-11 April 15-Oct. 1 and 8-10 Oct. 2-April 14.
David Harris--Hercules Star Gazers -- July 26 Stargaze, 3 new volunteers with telescope: 3-10" and one 13". Stopped a 11. Had first real police incident with new police officer who was alarmed by the person carrying the big white tube. David spoke with Park and Rec Director to contact police and make things right. Aug 23 stargaze featured Mars--2 telescopes out, 17 visitors. Newspaper article featured Hercules Stargaze events along with LHS and Chabot (the "big guys"). Also Sat Aug 30 stargaze 70 people attended--parents and kids from a couple of schools. Four telescopes-8"dob, 16" dob, 10" dob, & GPS LX200 Meade. Went 9pm-1am. Unlike Chabot and LHS, Hercules did not gert fogged out. Next Stargazes: Sep 20, Oct 25, Nov 22. Then break until April 2004.
Len Nelson SCAS - The SCAS did not have an August Board meeting since
too many were to be away
Jane Houston Jones - Sidewalk Astronomers - The
Sidewalk Astronomys have been busy this summer
For people wanting help with telescope use, there is a telescope clinic at SF Amateur Astronomers stargazing nights an hour before dark. Call SFAA 415-289-6636 or Sidewalk Astronomers 415-289-2007. Next one is Oct 4.
Morris Jones -- SJAA had several very highly attended Mars events both at Houge park and Evergreen Valley College. The club has been participating with Jeff Kirkbride to provide telescopes and assistance for the grand opening of the new observatory at Evergreen. The September general meeting is the 13th, member's "slide and equipment" night. Dark sky parties are scheduled at Coyote Lake Park on the 20th, and October 18. No speaker yet scheduled for the October meeting. FPOA has also been dealing with hundreds of visitors and special traffic controls at the observatory. Contract talks with the state are nearing completion, a full status report is available from director Mark Brown on the web site, http://www.fpoa.net. Special language is being added to the contract to hold FPOA harmless for non-astronomy activities at the park, and the hunt is on for an insurer to cover everything else. FPOA is going to have to take over maintenance of the new outdoor observing pads and improvements and the bathrooms down the hill.
Michel Lau - SFSU - New semester just started. Had several
Mars Observing nights in
Joint Conference (Astrocon 2004) of AAVSO, ALPO, and Astronomical League. July 20-24, 2004. Hosted by EAS and AANC. Venue will be Mills College (instead of Chabot). Will host website on web page www.astrocon2004. There is e-mail list of people working on the event. Mike Reynolds and Mike Bennet are Co-Chairs. Latest planning meeting was Aug 24. Next organization meeting will follow ASP meeting in Berkeley Oct 11-12. Next one after that is in Nov 9 (Sun). Don Stone is treasurer. We'll need lots of volunteers. By beginning or October, there will more info. ASP annual meeting around the same time. John Westfall is on planning committee. There will StarBQ and observing night at Chabot. Banquet on USS Hornet--35th anniversary of Hornet recoveiring Apollo 11.
ASP annual meeting will again be in Berkeley, Oct 11-12. Last year AANC co-sponsored and provided volunteers, and we'll do that again this year. Sat is Board meeting and banquet with David Levy as speaker on "Comets Colliding into Planets". Sunday is main program with several speakers. See http://www.astrosociety.org.
Meeting adjourned at 12:19 p.m.
Jane Houston Jones, president
Tom Harris moved, David Harris seconded that minutes of the Sep 7, 2003 AANC Board of the minutes be approved. Motion passed.
Total assets: $5393
As treasurer of AstroCon2004, Don is opening an account for AstroCon2004.
Jane will go ahead and create letter and mailing labels to prepare for mailing in November.
Alan Gould is willing to serve as Secretary still.
Tom Harris--MDAS -- 190 members. President Jim Scala is stepping down. Richard Ozer is becoming president. Last society night was closed due to high fire danger in Mt Diablo. Swap Meet is going to be Nov 18 top of Ivila Rd, Concord 7pm. Nov 8 star party at Mt Diablo for lunar eclipse.
Carter EAS and Chabot Space & Science Ctr -- Mars mania has continued. Sep 13 was scheduled stargazing for SFAA and EAS with Rachel. It was best Mars viewing of whole season. EAS meetings will be 1st Sat of each month for most of the year, except for banquet. We lost another long-time member, Anne Creese (died at age 80), the EAS librarian. She is survived by husband Frank Creese. Carter is involved in Project Astro with 5th grade class (largely minority) in Oakland. Will do lunar eclipse event. Telescope Making workshop continues.
Alan Gould--Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Public shows every Sat and Sun, 1pm Flying High(ages 4+), 2:15 pm Stonehenge [current show posted at http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium, 3:30 pm Constellations Tonight (ages 6 & up). Public Stargazing every 1st and 3rd Sat evening 9-11 April 15-Oct. 1 and 8-10 Oct. 2-April 14.
David Harris--Hercules Star Gazers --September 20, 2003 --Start 8p.m., end 1:15 a.m. Volunteers - Mark Sharretts, Dave Harris. Scopes - Dave's 10" Dob, and Mark's 20" home-built Dob, the latter for the first time at a Hercules Stargaze and the largest scope to date. Visitors - Four adults, plus approx. 9 teenagers and children. Objects viewed: Mars (details on surface and S. Polar Cap), M13, The Veil Nebula, the Double Cluster, the Dumbell Nebula, Albireo, the Andromeda Galaxy (and companion), the Ring Nebula. Comments -- One of the children, a first-grader named Ryan, made his third appearance at the stargaze with his father. Dave gave Ryan a planisphere, showed him how to use it, and suggested that he try to find some of the constellations.
Jane Houston Jones - Sidewalk Astronomers -
Morrison Planetarium is shutting down in Dec. SFAA and Morrison are inviting all amateur astronomers Nov 19 7:30 pm Star Over SF (history of Morrison) special farewell to the planetarium.
Morris Jones -- SJAA -- Meeting on eclipse night next Sat, with two speakers: Bob Garfinkle on eclipses and Jane Houston-Jones on observing with women astronomers. Star Party at Houge Parke with Bar-B-Q followed by general meeting. Sun, Nov 9 is Annual Swap Meet. New editor and webmaster: Paul Kohlmiller.
FPOA is on verge of getting contract with the state to be concessionaire.
Michel Lau - SFSU -- SFSU observatory (for extreme ultra foggy astronomy) located on the roof of Thornton Hall of SFSU, and is open to students and the public for observing Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00-9:30. There will, unfortuanatly, be no lunar eclipse observing, for the moon is too low at the time. Please call (415)338-7707 to check the observing conditions before coming to the observatory. SFSU Planetarium will be hosting a series of lunch time and winter shows later this month.
Ilona Magyary -- SMAS -- Continuing, activity with college of San Mateo. Active with the college Planetarium. SMAS has embarked on new program:
AANC-sponsored Striking Sparks Telescope. Carter moved, Morris seconded, that AANC give $200 to SCAS for an AANC-sponsored Striking Sparks Telescope for 2004. Motion passed.
Astronomy Day is April 24, 2004.
Astrocon 2004, joint conference of AAVSO, ALPO, ASP and Astronomical League. July 20-24, 2004. Hosted by EAS and AANC. AANC put in $1000 seed money for AstroCon. Venue will be Mills College. Alan Gould and Mike Reynolds are going to Mills to make site arrangements on Nov. 6. AstroCon web page: http://www.astrocon2004. There is e-mail list of people working on the event. Mike Reynolds and Mike Bennett are Co-Chairs. Latest planning meeting was Aug 24. Next organization meeting will be Nov 9 (Sun) 7-9pm at Chabot. Don Stone is treasurer. We'll need lots of volunteers. We expect 200-400 attendees at AstroCon. There will StarBQ and observing night at Chabot. Banquet on USS Hornet--35th anniversary of Hornet recovering Apollo 11. Mike Koop volunteered to coordinate tours. Tour to Lick Observatory planned.Jane, Mojo, and Beth Westfall are communications/publicity committee.
ASP annual meeting was in Berkeley, Oct 12 (Sun). Theme was cosmic explosions, with talks on the Sun, supernovae. Alex Filippenko arranged site at UC Berkeley. Kevin Zonly did talk on Asteroid Impacts. Sat night before was Board meeting and banquet with David Levy as speaker on "Comets Colliding into Planets". Event was well attended and made money for ASP. Next year ASP meeting will tie in with AL.
Venus Transit June 8, 2004. Visible from East Coast of US and S. America. Webcast from Spain. Centered over Iraq/Iran. Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum is coordination public outreach events and has Venus Transit 2004 website. They will have John Philip Sousa's "Transit of Venus March" on the website.
Jane and Morris are leaving Bay Area. Jane has new job at JPL, Cassini Outreach Specialist. AANC Board presented parting gifts: Mojo Clif Bars, Bouquet of Cosmos, Bouquet of Stargazer Lilies, and Sharffenberger chocolates.
Next AANC meeting: Sun Jan 11, 10:30 am, LHS.
Meeting adjourned at 12:49 p.m