March Meeting, Monday, March 1
Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room A
7:00 p.m. - Casual Conversation and Informal Discussion: This will be a good time to talk with other members, share observing experiences and ideas, show your favorite astrophotos or astronomical equipment, and ask questions.
7:30 p.m. - Teaching Methods for Upper Elementary Astronomy
Joyce Ritchie will present a show and tell of astronomy concepts that can be taught using hands on materials, to students in an age appropriate and tested manner. On March 1st, advanced concepts for students in grades 5 - 8 will be demonstrated.
After the program there will be a brief business meeting to discuss several club items, including plans for our Night Sky for Schools program, an update on our dark site search, a request for ideas for in-town observing locations and an update on our effort to define and act on one or two high priority club goals. Members are encouraged to come with ideas to share.
Night Sky Program for Schools
Joyce Ritchie reported at the last meeting that Todd Rhodes, of Wayside Elementary School, would like to have us present our Night Sky Program on the Wayside playground sometime between March 22 and April 9. Joyce will update us on current plans, possible dates and what we need to do to prepare for this event. We need to try to make as many telescopes and binoculars as possible available for viewing by the students. In addition, we need to prepare some indoor astronomy activities in case of bad weather.
Observing Site Report
On the evening of February 12, Arden Strycker and Steve Plank took their scopes to the Wah-Shah-She Campground entrance at Hulah Lake, a possible dark observing site discussed at previous meetings, and spent the evening observing. Arden's assessment of this dark site follows.
Planning Future Programs
Recently, planning programs for our club meetings has been a month-by-month effort. The resulting programs have all been very good, but the short term nature of this approach can make preparation by the presenters more difficult. Furthermore, the low volunteer rate has put additional burden on a few presenters who have given multiple presentations in just a few months. To reduce these problems, we will begin a longer term planning effort for our monthly programs. A signup sheet will be circulated at the March meeting to establish a list of future programs. If necessary, this will be followed by a campaign of personal telephone calls to add needed volunteers. Programs need not be elaborate or extensive. Keeping programs simple and informal will prevent preparation from becoming a burden. Please volunteer.
BAS Goals and Directions
Several BAS members met informally about a week ago to discuss club directions and goals. Arden Strycker will present the results at this month's meeting.
ACT Adams Ranch Summer Star Party
The Astronomy Club of Tulsa is in the process of finalizing plans for their Adams Ranch Summer Star Party in a joint event with Kansas observers. The Adams Ranch site is north of Foraker, roughly midway between Bartlesville and Ponca City, but only a few mile south of the Kansas border. It has some of the darkest skies in this part of the country. Members of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society are welcome to participate in this event. As soon as I have additional details, I'll pass them along.
Newsletter Contributions Needed
Our club newsletter is reaching more people each month, and member contributions in the form of short articles, interesting news items, alerts of upcoming astronomical events or activities, descriptions of personal observations or useful equipment and observing tips are encouraged. Recurring columns or multipart articles are also welcome. Please submit your contributions to John Grismore or to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bartlesville Sky (looking south) February 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
(source: Stellarium 0.10.2, see http://www.stellarium.org/ )
March Astronomical Calendar (Universal Time)
d h d h
3 16 Spica 3.0N of Moon 15 21 NEW MOON
4 4 Venus 0.6S of Uranus 15 23 Uranus 5.4S of Moon
7 2 Antares 1.3S of Moon 17 6 Uranus at conjunction
7 15 LAST QUARTER 20 17 Equinox
7 21 Moon furthest South (-25.6) 22 0 Saturn at opposition
8 1 Mercury 1.1S of Jupiter 22 11 Moon furthest North (25.4)
11 9 Mars stationary 23 10 FIRST QUARTER
12 10 Moon at apogee 25 12 Mars 4.4N of Moon
13 12 Neptune 3.6S of Moon 27 10 Regulus 3.9N of Moon
14 12 Mercury superior conjunction 28 4 Moon at perigee
14 21 Jupiter 5.0S of Moon 30 2 FULL MOON
15 21 Mercury 0.6S of Uranus 31 2 Spica 2.9N of Moon
April 5 in the Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room (tentative). Program to be determined (volunteers appreciated).
BAS Public Website: http://sites.google.com/site/bartlesvilleastronomyclub/
BAS Yahoo Group: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/BvilleAstro/
Stellarvue F50B2 9X50 Wide Angle Field Deluxe Finder with rotating back, 90 degree erecting prism, 23 mm multicoated eyepiece with glass crosshair reticle (illuminator not included). Used twice. Originally $119.00, now $139.00 at OPT. Asking $100.00. Contact John Grismore.
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