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SAS Astronomical Chronicle For July 2012, Advanced Notice About The Perseid Meteor Shower

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophile,

The July 2012 edition of the Astronomical Chronicle is available for download, featuring highlights of the MOST/SAS Transit-Of-Venus session this past June 5th:

2012 July Astronomical Chronicle

The previously-scheduled Summer Seminar has been turned into a Public Viewing Session to coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower, for which we will hope to be open both nights for as long as conditions (and meteor count) will allow. Stay tuned to this page and our facebook group for updates!

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.

The MOST And SAS Host A Transit Of Venus Observing Session (And More!) 5 June 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Greetings fellow asrtrophiles,


I am pleased to announce that the SAS is collaborating with the MOST (Museum of Science and Technology, www.most.org) and is hosting the outside observing session for the Transit of Venus/SUN-EARTH DAY: SHADOWS OF THE SUN Session this June 5th!

The indoor MOST session is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and includes a live NASA Feed of the transit from Hawaii (which will be our fall-back location if the Syracuse skies do not permit observing). The SAS scopes will be set up until sunset (or until buildings obscure our view of the Sun. The location near Walt, “The Loch West Monster” along the Creekwalk provides an excellent low horizon near the MOST) on the corner of East Fayette St. and the Onondaga Creekwalk (map image and street view below. For directions, see google maps HERE).

For those attending and interested in bringing their own solar-safe scopes, the setup time will be 5:00 p.m., giving us ample opportunity to observe sunspots and coordinate our group observing endeavor.

SAS members at the 2004 Transit.

“Ingress Exterior” (the first “touch” between Venus and the Sun) begins at 6:09 p.m. and “Ingress Interior” (when Venus is fully “within” the Sun) occurs at 6:27 p.m. After that, we observe as long as we can.

More details will follow as plans are finalized. Until then, we hope you can join us for an event that wont happen again until December of 2117!


To make sure the point is addressed, unfiltered telescopes and binoculars are FAR, FAR more damaging to your eyes than staring at the Sun without any optics. DO NOT ATTEMPT OBSERVING THE TRANSIT WITHOUT PROTECTION! Scopes at our session contain either internal Sun-safe filters or filters made from Baader film (pronounced “B-ah-der”). If you want to use binoculars for observing and do not have filters, DO NOT ATTEMPT OBSERVING THE TRANSIT WITHOUT PROJECTION! Details on how this is done can be found at spaceweather.com/sunspots/doityourself.html.

The SAS Solar Observing brochure can be downloaded HERE.