Monday, April 2, 2012
Arvest Bank Meeting Room
4225 SE Adams Road
Native American Star Lore and Sky Stories
by Lynn Moroney
Our guest speaker will be Lynn Moroney, of Oklahoma City, who is a registered member of the Chickasaw Nation and a Native American storyteller. Lynn has collected many stories relating to stars and the night sky, has collaborated with several organizations in promoting and preserving these stories, and is nationally known for her work as a SkyTeller.
Lynn's presentation will include Native American creation, planet, and constellation stories and a legend about Polaris. Weather permitting, there may be outdoor stargazing with Lynn after the meeting.
Here's the link to the Moon video that Virgil described during the "Astro News" segment at our last meeting.
Astronomers are always waiting for that perfect dark night so they can enjoy an evening of stargazing. However we often forget that we have a wonderful bright star nearby, the Sun, that we can observe any clear day. The sunspot activity is increasing heading for a peak in early 2013. Several large sunspots and groups have been visible lately. Region AR 1429 is large enough to see without magnification if you have a safe solar filter. This past week this large active region had several flares and has thrown off four large coronal mass ejections. One of which produced Aurora seen as far south as Kansas! See
In addition two great MUST SEE solar events are coming up soon. A partial Solar Eclipse on Sunday afternoon May 20, 2012 and the much anticipated transit of the planet Venus in front of the Sun on Tuesday
June 5, 2012. And the BIG ONE – A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE – Aug 21, 2017 across NE Kansas and the central Nebraska !!!
Solar Filters for the upcoming eclipse and Venus transit.Be sure to buy the Visual Density material
The instructions for making one are at
John Land, Astronomy Club of Tulsa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Current News from Sky and Telescope
Twin-Eyed Telescope Sees Sharp Stars — March 21, 2012The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) isn’t fully operational yet, but, it looks like the observatory’s performance is at least as good as that of the Keck scopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The LBT is part of the Mt. Graham International Observatory in Arizona and the light-gathering power of a single 11.8-m instrument and the image sharpness of a 22.8-m one.
March Madness on Mercury — March 21, 2012
NASA's Messenger orbiter has been revealing remarkable finds over the last year. Findings have included; strange surface chemistry (almost no iron, but rich in sulfur), its weird magnetic field, the strange pitting inside many of its craters, and hints about how Mercury might have formed. It has a laser altimeter that has revealed that the planet has a broad, pronounced depression encircling its north pole. Mercury's iron core takes up nearly 85% of the planet's diameter.
How Big is the Sun, Really? — March 21, 2012
Utilizing the transit of mercury scientists have improved the accuracy of the diameter of the sun. 865,374 miles (1,392,684 km), plus or minus about 0.01%
WISE's Grand View of the Infrared Sky — March 19, 2012
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) ran out of the frozen hydrogen that kept its detectors cold. But by then the spacecraft had completed its intended mission: to survey the celestial sphere at four thermal-infrared wavelengths with more detail than ever before.
A Potpourri of Lunar Results — March 13, 2012Continued unknowns include: Geologists aren't sure which came first — the tidal spin-down or the formation of the maria. Some moon rocks are magnetized, but have little iron. Scientists don't know much of the first half billion years of the moon's history.
Now is your chance to participate in an International effort to survey the effects of light pollution on our night skies. The project is to observe and count the number of stars you can see in the constellation of Orion then pinpoint your location on the world map and enter your results on the world wide web.
Spring is coming soon and the stars are preparing for a grand show.
Mars comes to opposition on March 3
On March 5th Mars is closest to Earth
( but this is not a great year for Mars Since it was farthest from the Sun Aphelion on Feb 15th )
You can see reddish Mars in Leo about a 1/3 of the way up in the east around 9 PM now
Mercury reaches its greatest evening height on March 5th
Venus and Jupiter will be within 5 degrees of each other from March 8 to March 17
Finally Saturn makes opposition on April15th - so pay your taxes early so you can go observing !
A great weekly online video of things you can see with the naked eye. These 5 minute video segments feature events that anyone can enjoy by merely going outside and “Looking Up”! Keep this one on your favorites list - http://www.stargazersonline.org/
Skyweek from Sky and Telescope Magazine also presents a variety of astronomical events for the naked eye as well as telescope viewing. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/videos/skyweek
Let’s Go Stargazing http://www.skyandtelescope.com/letsgo
Lots of activities and information for families and novice astronomers.
Courtesy of John Land, Astronomy Club of Tulsa. email@example.com
April 2, Monday. Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative)
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