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June 2011

June 6, 2011 Meeting

Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room

   6:45 p.m.   Setup and casual conversation
   7:00 p.m.   Club Business
   7:15 p.m.   Introduction to Summer Constellations

   7:30 p.m.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

A DVD lecture


Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson

 This lecture synthesizes the greatest discoveries of physics, astrophysics, chemistry, and biology to present a coherent story of the birth and evolution of the cosmos. Modern humans are not the first group of people to speculate about cosmic evolution, but we are the first to use the tools of science to describe the birth of the cosmos, trace its progress, and understand our place in it. This lecture brings together all the branches of science to tell the story of our existence.

...Continued. A Guide to Eyepieces

Getting the Most Out of Your Scope, Continued from the April 2011 issue.   (

by Adrian R. Ashford

  • May 17 - 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 11:09 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

  • June 1 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 21:03 UTC.

  • June 1 - Partial Solar Eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible in most parts eastern Asia, Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

  • June 15 - Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

  • June 21 - June Solstice. The June solstice occurs at 17:16 UTC. The North 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 Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the southern hemisphere.

  • July 1 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 08:54 UTC.


Bartlesville Astronomical Society - Membership


B.A.S. is an organization of people interested in Astronomy and related fields of science.

The current officers are:


John Grismore

Program Chair &Vice President

Daryl Doughty

Information Officer (Newsletter)

Mike Woods


Milt Enderlin / Vicky Travaglini


Additional club positions:


Arden Strycker


Carroll Ritchie

Publicity/Public Website

Steve Plank & John Grismore

Member Observing

Steve Plank & Arden


Membership is open to everyone interested in any aspects of astronomy. 

Adult. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $20.00

Students (through 12th grade) . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $10.00

Magazine Subscription (reduced rate for members)

Sky & Telescope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . .  $32.95

B.A.S. is a registered, non-profit organization.



2011 Programs

 Month Program Presenter
 JanThe Cheapskate Astronomer’s Introduction to Astrophotography Rick Bryant
 FebKen Willcox: The Birth of an Eclipse Chaser Daryl Doughty
 MarThe Cheapskate Astronomer’s Introduction to Astrophotography
Rick Bryant
 AprDSLR AstrophotographyDaryl Doughty
 MayPredicting the future evolution of the Universe, might biology come to play an important role?Virgil Reese
 JunThe Greatest Story Ever Told   
DVD by Tyson

Next Meeting

July 5, Monday. Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative)

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