December 5, 2011 Meeting
Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room
6:45 p.m. Setup and open discussion
7:15 p.m. Current Astronomy News
Object of the Month
Auction of Items for Club
Steve will be running an
auction at the December meeting. We will see if this first auction works
out. Steve will bring two or three items. If any members have anything
they don't want they could bring it to the auction. The intent is to raise money
for the club.
A number of members have not paid dues yet. We
will be extending our November collection to the December meeting. Those who have decided not to
renew their membership should inform a BAS officer so we don't continue to send
Star Gazing for Beginners
will present a program on Beginner Star Gazing from the perspective of a
recent beginner. He will discuss backyard astronomy, identifying
bright stars and constellations and using a planetarium program to
determine what will be visible from your location on any night. Steve
will also describe several different types of telescopes and explain how
to use them. This will be an excellent opportunity for new and novice
stargazers to learn more about amateur astronomy.
Choosing Your Telescope's Magnification by Al Nagler
November 25 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 06:10 UTC.
November 25 - Partial Solar Eclipse. This partial eclipse will only be visible over Antarctica and parts of South Africa and Tasmania. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
December 10 - Full Moon.
The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be
fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 14:36 UTC.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full
Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air
settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been
known as the Moon Before Yule and the Full Long Nights Moon.
December 10 - Total Lunar Eclipse.
The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa,
Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the North America. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower.
Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, the
Geminids are known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour
at their peak. The peak of the shower usually occurs around December 13
& 14, although some meteors should be visible from December 6 - 19.
The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Gemini.
The gibbous moon will definitely interfere this year by hiding the
faintest meteors, but with up to 60 meteors per hour possible, this
should still be an excellent show. Best viewing is usually to the east
after midnight from a dark location.
December 22 - December Solstice.
The December solstice occurs 05:30 UTC. The South Pole of the earth
will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost
position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at
23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter
solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer
solstice) in the southern hemisphere.
December 24 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:06 UTC.
| Month|| Program|| Presenter|
| Jan||The Cheapskate Astronomer’s Introduction to Astrophotography|| Rick Bryant|
| Feb||Ken Willcox: The Birth of an Eclipse Chaser ||Daryl Doughty|
| Mar||The Cheapskate Astronomer’s Introduction to Astrophotography|
Part II: GREMLINS
| Apr||DSLR Astrophotography||Daryl Doughty|
| May||The Past and Future Habitability of Planet Earth||Virgil Reese|
| Jun||The Greatest Story Ever Told |
the greatest discoveries of physics, astrophysics, chemistry, and
biology to present a coherent story of the birth and evolution of the
|DVD Lecture by|
Neil deGrasse Tyson
| Jul||Dithering and Drizzling Astrophotos || James Campbell|
| Aug||In Defense of the Big Bang|| DVD Lecture by|
Neil deGrasse Tyson
| Sept|| Future Programs Workshop|| Daryl Doughty|
| Oct|| Show and Tell|| |
| Nov|| Astronomical League || Arden Strycker|
| Dec|| Star Gazing for Beginners|| Steve Plank|
January 2, Monday. Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative)
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