October 2010 Meeting Notes
During the October meeting, several business items were addressed, including election of officers, and changes to our dues. Daryl Doughty also presented another short talk in his series "Introduction to Constellation Mythology", and John Land, of the Astronomy Club of Tulsa, gave a presentation on the benefits of our membership in the Astronomical League.
Introduction to Constellation Mythology - Daryl Doughty
As part of his ongoing series on Constellation Mythology, Daryl Doughty presented the second in the series. He focused on four constellations, rising in succession in the northeast this time of year, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, and Perseus. Cepheus, and Cassiopeia were king and queen of Ethiopia, and Andromeda was their daughter, who was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster terrorizing the coast. It was Perseus who killed the monster, freed Andromeda, and then married her.
Benefits of the Astronomical League - John Land
John Land has been an active member of the Astronomy Club of Tulsa for many years. Since BAS rejoined the Astronomical League earlier this year, John's presentation on the benefits and resources of the League was very timely. After giving an overview of the AL and its regions, John discussed benefits like the quarterly publication, The Reflector, book discounts and on-line resources. Of particular interest was John's description of the various AL sponsored Observing Clubs, their requirements and their awards. In conjunction with his presentation, John provided us with a set of observing templates, which have now been uploaded to our Yahoo Group Files section for access and downloading.
Near the end of the presentation, it was suggested that members of BAS might like an opportunity to visit the ACT observatory near Mounds, Oklahoma. John agreed that this would be a good idea, and a future trip will be coordinated between BAS and ACT.
Monday, November 1, Virgil Reese will present "Exobiology" in the Bartlesville Public Library Meeting Room. For more information, see the meeting announcement on our website home page at <http://sites.google.com/site/bartlesvilleastronomyclub/> .
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