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Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight For A Group/Public Viewing Session – Saturday, June 23 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The SAS is hosting a group at Darling Hill tonight and are opening the grounds to a general Public Viewing Session. The skies look far more promising tonight than last night and several board and scope-owning members have already planned on attending. The grounds should be open by 8:00 p.m. for those interested in setting up early and exploring the Observatory Grounds.

We hope you can join us!

Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight For Member Project Sessions – Friday, June 22 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The Night Sky predictions for tonight look promising and some members have already decided to get some deep space observing in, so Darling Hill will open tonight near sunset.

As mentioned previously, the public is invited to Member Project Sessions. That said, these are not typical Public Viewing sessions where tours and pick-hits of the evening are had, but instead are for dedicated observing.

Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight For Public Viewing – Friday, June 15 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The clear skies predicted for tonight allow for an atypically early posting about our opening for Public Viewing. The southern skies belong to Saturn and Mars tonight, with the great band of the Milky Way rising from the East before midnight.

And, for those attending the Cherry Springs Star Party this weekend in PA, Ryan Goodson and I (Damian) will be there with scopes at the ready. For those interested in coordinating with the rest of the Syracuse contingent, drop an email to sas@somewhereville.com or call 559-4737 (with the Syracuse Area code).

We hope you can join us!

Junior Café Scientifique – Under The Sea: Life Aboard A Submarine – Saturday, June 16

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY-hosted (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) Junior Café Scientifique lecture at the MOST is happening on Saturday June 16 at 9:30 a.m.

NOTE: This is the last Junior Cafe of the 2011-12 program year. They’ll be back in September!

When: Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11:00am
Where: Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Syracuse NY

Enrique “Henry” Sanchez, a consultant at ANTMAR Consulting and former member of the U.S. Navy’s submarine force, will present Under the Sea: Life Aboard a Submarine, a talk about submarines, as part of TACNY’s 2011-2012 Junior Cafe Scientifique lecture series.

People interested in learning more about submarines are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by June 14, 2012.

Sanchez retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994 after twenty years of service, including four deployments to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean/Persian Gulf regions. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. After retiring, Sanchez worked for Acquisition Planning Corp., in Washington, D.C., and then Lockheed Martin, where he worked in a number of engineering, functional and program management positions. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Technology Alliance of Central New York and is a past board member of Leadership Greater Syracuse and the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County. He has been honored as a YWCA Academy of Diversity Achiever and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

If you have ever wanted to know how a submarine works or what it’s like inside, this is your chance. This submarine presentation, geared towards middle-school students, will take you through the complex world of submarines. You will learn about the history of submarines, types of submarines, how they are built, what it takes to be a submariner, the types of people who work on submarines, and watch some fascinating short videos.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For June 2012, Venus Transit Observing At The MOST On June 5th

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The Astronomical Chronicle for June 2012 is available for download below:

June 2012 Astronomical Chronicle

This issue includes information about the Venus Transit (more below) and an article first published in the Syracuse New Times in May of 2001 about Karl Schultz, a long-time member of the SAS who passed this past 21 May 2012. The SAS thanks the New Times for allowing the reprinting of the article to bring new members “up to speed” on some of our society’s history. Also, the Venus Transit is still officially on for June 5th as detailed in the blog post below. The official flyer is as follows for the event. Stay tuned to the SAS page on Tuesday afternoon for final confirmation.