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SAS Astronomical Chronicle For Jan/Feb/March 2012 And Messier Marathon, March 23/24

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The winter hibernation (be it as it was in CNY) is over for the SAS as we post our first newsletter for 2012 and announce the first session of the year this coming March 23/24 in the form of a Messier Marathon. Details are in the newsletter.

We hope you can join us! Meantime, continue to enjoy Venus (brighter) and Jupiter (dimmer) on our Western sky this week!

Astronomical Chronicle For Jan/Feb/March 2012

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For November & December, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The November & December 2011 edition of the Astronomical Chronicle has been posted at:

astronomical_chronicle_nov_dec_2011.pdf

Our 2011 Observing Year has come and gone, closing a year that saw the untimely passing of a brightest star in our organization but also increasing Darling Hill Observatory activity over 2010, increased membership, library and state park lecturing, school observing sessions, the return of the SAS Summer Seminar, and a plethora of observables.

We thank all those who attended activities this year and look forward to an even “darker” 2012!

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For October 2011

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The October 2011 newsletter has been posted in advance of the next Public Viewing Session this coming Friday and Saturday and can be downloaded below:

Astronomical Chronicle for October 2011

Keep track of the website Friday and Saturday afternoons by 5:00 p.m. to confirm that we’ll be opening. We’re expecting cold conditions this week, so be sure to dress accordingly!

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).

SAS Astronomical Chronicle For July 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

The July 2011 newsletter has been posted in advance of the next Public Viewing Session and can be downloaded below:

Astronomical Chronicle for July 2011

If the weather holds, this should prove to be a busy Saturday at Darling Hill. The originally-scheduled lecture/demonstration on telescope collimation by Bob Piekiel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. This lecture provides you an opportunity to learn about the most important post-purchase piece of telescope maintenance at the hands of the arguably the most knowledgeable telescope owner in Central New York. The 6:30 start provides plenty of daylight as well, meaning you can also see the Darling Hill Observatory grounds in the daytime for a change!

NOTE 1: If the weather is bad on SATURDAY we will be hosting Bob Piekiel on FRIDAY at 7:00 p.m. (a reverse rain date). Be sure to check the website at 5:00 p.m. on Friday for the final announcement.

To this evening activity we have added a special Solar Observing Session from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. lead by none other than Barlow Bob himself! The only thing more extensive than the collection of solar observing equipment that will be at DHO is Barlow Bob’s knowledge on the subject of solar observing. If you’ve never observed out closest star through proper equipment, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy this rare (for Darling Hill, that is) daytime observing session.

NOTE 2: The final announcement for this session (weather-pending) will be by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday on the website.

In the event you need it, copies of the sky chart for the afternoon will be available at the observatory, else feel free to print out the chart below:

Two great sessions on one (hopefully) clear day (and night) and the three hour buffer in between gives you a chance to cram all of your other Saturday activities in. Please join us for both!