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Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT Open Tonight, Sept. 30

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The cloud cover is already considerable over CNY and is predicted to remain so throughout the weekend. Despite some patches of blue sky over Syracuse, there is no predicted run of even partly-clear skies tonight, so we will not be opening for our Public Viewing Session. Tomorrow night will also likely not find us opening, but we will follow the weather tomorrow afternoon.

Darling Hill Will Take A Chance And OPEN Tonight, Saturday Sept. 24

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

We had an excellent lecture last night and lousy observing conditions. Tonight is predicted to clear in time for some late-evening/nighttime observing, so we will be opening Darling Hill around 7:30 pm.

NOTE: If it looks overcast where you live, take that as an indication of conditions in Tully. The sky is supposed to clear increasingly as the night progresses, so consider heading out to Darling Hill later in the evening (9 to 10) or when stars begin to appear en masse where you are. Also, expect it to be colder than you expect and bring another layer.

We hope you will join us!

David Bishop Lecture WILL HAPPEN Tonight, 7:00 p.m. (Friday, Sept 23) – September Newsletter – UARS Update

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

In rapid succession!

1. David Bishop Lecture

The weather this weekend is expected to go from bad to worse tomorrow evening, with more severe rain predicted for Saturday afternoon. While tonight will very-very likely not be good for observing, the chance for rain is less than predicted for tomorrow, so we will be hosting David Bishop at Darling Hill this evening for a year-in-review astronomy lecture.

As I’ve mentioned before, David used to make the yearly pilgrimage to Darling Hill for this lecture and they were always well-attended and informative. We are delighted to have David back and the board and I are looking forward to his lecture tonight!

September Newsletter

The September newsletter is up for download HERE. Included in the newsletter is a brief summary about our 2011 Summer Seminar.

UARS Update From NASA

For those paying attention to the imminent demise of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, check out the NASA website www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars for updates. The trajectory has changed since the last estimate and, while it should not be of any concern to North America, it is an event of global importance (as it will happen again).

Kopernik Astronomical Society AstroFest 2011 – Info And Registration Form

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Direct from Fibber Magee of the Kopernik Astronomical Society (www.kopernik.org) comes an announcement for SAS members and the general public for AstroFest 2011, being held from September 30 to October 2 in Vestal, NY (perhaps the sister city to our own Vesper, NY home for Darling Hill Observatory?).


Click the image to download the Registration PDF.

Scheduling information and Kopernik info can be found at www.kopernik.org/news_and_events/public_programs.htm#astrofest, but do check the Registration Form first for all of the info you likely need. Among the many events scheduled for AstroFest 2011 are two afternoons of Solar Observing with Barlow Bob himself (those who attended our Barlow Bob session know just how fantastic his scopes and the views in his scopes are) and a solar imaging session with Alan Friedman, whose unbelievable images can be found at his website, avertedimagination.com (I purchased a print of his at NEAF2011 and was there for the lecture on how he made my print. It’s magic, but it isn’t magic!).

Two-and-a-half days of observing, workshops, swap meet(!), and spending time with fellow amateur astronomers. The event does overlap with an upcoming SAS Public Viewing Session, but I will definitely be making a daytime Saturday trip to Vestal to visit our night sky neighbors to the South.

Registration PDF Download – Click HERE

Tentative Agenda (From The Kopernik Website)

Friday - 9/30/11

5:00 PM Doors open to public
5:00 – 7:15 PM Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Night Sky Network Workshop
   Food available
7:30 - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – University of Albany (general public talk)
8:30 PM to dawn Night Sky Viewing

Saturday - 10/1/11

7:30 - 9:00 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins,
   Pastries, etc.
All Day Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Solar Viewing and Imaging
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Swap Meet
   Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
   Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob
10:00 - 11:00 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Dr. John Delano Student/family workshop
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch (TBD) Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chili, Potato
   Salad, Green Salad, Pizza, Prepackaged snacks, water, soda,
   fruit juice, coffee Tea, Hot Chocolate.
1:30 - 3:00 PM Dr. John Delano - Teacher Workshop
2:00 – 5:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
3:00 - 4:00 PM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
4:00 – 6:00 PM dinner (TBA)
6:00 Pm - 7:00 PM Dr. Joseph Veverka of Cornell University
7: 30 PM - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – Albany University technical talk
8:30 PM - Dawn Night Sky Viewing

Sunday - 10-2-11

7:30 AM to 10 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins,
   Pastries, etc.
All Day Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Solar Viewing and Imaging
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob
10 - 11 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
11 AM to 1:15 PM lunch (TBA)

Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight, 2 September 2011 (But It Likely Won’t Be Fantastic)

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Fresh off of our Summer Seminar weekend, a few of the board are going to head up to Darling Hill just to be on the grounds and try to do some observing. If the clouds stay away, Jupiter will be an easy target.

Our only ISS fly-by should occur between 8:55 and 9:05 p.m. but will be visible all over CNY, so consider looking NNW starting at 8:55 p.m. from where you are!