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In The News This Month


Some On-Line Programs well worth a look: Michigan's own Astronomy at the Beach Program and Programs from McDonald Observatory.
If you missed this year's Astronomy at the Beach program, click Here to see YouTube presentations by the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs!  
To see current and archived McDonald Observatory programs click Here. (Be sure to scroll down.) 


October 16th: Where was the Moon?
The local weather for the International Observe the Moon event was disappointing. But, luckily for us the Moon performs flawlessly every month. Sooner or later the rain will stop. When it does, take a moment to get to know our nearest neighbor!


October 27th: The latest on Lucy's solar panel problem:
NASA's 12 year mission to the Trojan asteroids has experienced a bump in the road, though NASA engineers sound confident that they will resolve the issue. One of two solar panels did not signal that it had properly "latched". Subsequent analysis, based on current flow, verified that the second solar panel was 75-95 percent unfurled. This is the first distant NASA mission not supported by nuclear fuel, so the proper functioning of both 24 foot diameter solar arrays will be critical to the long term success of the mission. Follow the Lucy blog Here.


October 28th: Solar Cycle 25 Heats Up!
A significant solar flare erupted today on the Sun. Our club's patient solar observers are having their day! Click Here for the image and story.


October 31st: 300 Single Points of Failure for James Webb!
If successful deployment of the Lucy mission sounds complex, watch this new video from NASA about the James Webb telescope! Click Here to watch the video.


November 7th: Time to "FALL" back!
The season of early-evening observing has arrived. The time to enjoy an extra hour of early dark sky viewing. No, No! Dark skies of STARS, NOT CLOUDS! Cloudy or starlit, remember that the clock on your mount needs to be told we are back on Standard Time!


November 19th: A full Moon, nearly fully eclipsed!
Local moon gazers need to rise early on the morning of the 19th to enjoy a 97 percent eclipse of the Moon. The partial eclipse begins around 2:18a.m., reaching maximum at around 4:02a.m.. The last of the partial eclipse ends around 5:30am. (For the truly intrepid, the initial and final penumbral eclipses, barely noticeable, begin an hour or so before and after the main event.)


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