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November 2011


Sooner Park

 
   6:00 p.m.

Public Star Party


This month our meeting will be a public star party at Sooner Park in the open area just southeast of the Sooner Pool parking lot.  We hope to also provide a "beginner stargazing" orientation during this event.

We will post a final go/no go decision, in case of bad weather for the November 7 star party on our website home page on that day.  Members and the public can check there if in doubt.  We still have the library room scheduled, so in case of bad weather, we'll meet there for informal discussion.

Choosing Your Telescope's Magnification by Al Nagler

(http://www.skyandtelescope.com/equipment/basics/3077091.html?page=2&c=y)


  • October 26 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 19:56 UTC.
  • October 29 - Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. The giant planet will be a big and bright as it gets in the night sky. A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter's cloud bands. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter's four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

  • November 8 - Asteroid 2005 YU55 Flyby. An asteroid known as 2005 YU55 will make a close approach to the Earth. The large space rock, about 1,300 feet in diameter will pass closer than the Moon at 0.85 lunar distances. While it is not expected to pose a threat to the Earth, this extremely rare event presents a unique opportunity for amateur astronomers to observe the asteroid as it makes it closest approach to our planet. Many astronomy groups are planning to observe the event. Asteroids this large only pass close to the Earth about every 30 years.

  • November 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 20:16 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon.

  • November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. The last of these occurred in 2001. The shower usually peaks on November 17 & 18, but you may see some meteors from November 13 - 20. The nearly last quarter moon may hide some of the faintest meteors this year, but this should still be an excellent show. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight.

  • 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.

(Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2011.html)


                               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
Part II:  GREMLINS
Rick Bryant
 AprDSLR AstrophotographyDaryl Doughty
 MayThe Past and Future Habitability of Planet EarthVirgil Reese
 JunThe Greatest Story Ever Told 
Synthesizes the greatest discoveries of physics, astrophysics, chemistry, and biology to present a coherent story of the birth and evolution of the cosmos.
DVD Lecture by
Neil deGrasse Tyson
 JulDithering and Drizzling Astrophotos     James Campbell
 AugIn Defense of the Big Bang DVD Lecture by
Neil deGrasse Tyson
 Sept Future Programs Workshop Daryl Doughty
 Oct Show and Tell 
 Nov Public Star Party (Sooner Park) 
 Dec Beginner Stargazing
 Steve Plank


Next Meeting

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


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 Mike Woods or to bvilleastro@gmail.com .


(Reminder: November is dues month. Vicky and John will have a table at the star party for collection of dues)


Bartlesville Astronomical Society - Membership

 

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


The current officers are:

President

John Grismore

Program Chair & Vice President

Daryl Doughty

Information Officer (Newsletter)

Mike Woods

Treasurer

Vicky Travaglini / Milt Enderlin

 


The current board members are:
 Arden Strycker
 Steve Plank
 James Campbell
 Duane Perkins


 

Additional club positions:
 Publicity/Newspaper  Carroll Ritchie
 Public Website  John Grismore
 Member Observing Program  Steve Plank & Arden Strycker
 Meeting Room Arrangements  Steve Plank
 On-Line Media  James Campbell



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


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