Contacts - Addison
Oaks Site These
are nights for public and member viewing with the Club 17.5"
scope available. Designated members below should be
contacted to meet at the site and open the gate to the observing
Other dates by arrangement.
Gary Dietz 248-425-5753 Sky-at-a-Glance
Girardin's sent his monthly roundup (see
below) given by Dave Holt with
Sky at a Glance
Moon near Jupiter. Double shadow transit on Jupiter.
Moon near Saturn
Saturn at opposition.
Double shadow of Jupiter.
Summer Solstice 12.24AM
Interesting object to look for:
Sea of Moisture
Lost in glare of sun.
Greatest elongation on 6/3
Slipping from view in sun glare.
NE of Spica. Stopping retrograde on 6/9
Betweem Sagittarus & Scorpius. Open rings.
URANUS N of Venus on 6/3 & NEPTUNE under Pisces
Constellation Name & Background
Polaris. 4000 years ago, north star was alpha Drago
Arcas, son of Jupiter, changed into bear to be
North american indians asked God's help
near his mother.
in guiding them in travel.
Arcturus. Fourth brightest star
Guards his flock as he pursues bears.
Izar. Double star.
Alphecca. Eclipsing Binary
Greek God Dionysus threw his crown into sky
to impress his future wife
Ras Algethi. Double star
Son of Jupiter. Perform 12 Labors to gain Virtue
Approx. 300,000 Stars
West edge of constellation.
Only constellation with 2 separate parts
Snake taught medicine to God Asclepius
Scales or Balance
Low Surface brightness.
Original Claws of Scorpius. Old Autumnal Equinox
Only Zodiac Constellation not human or animal.
Separated from Scorpius by Romans
Antares. Rival of Mars. Supergiant
Killed Orion with it's sting
NW of Antares
Chinese saw it as great dragon
N of Sigma Scorpius
Business: June Meeting Minutes
Monthly Meetings at
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
333 N Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307
Oakland Astronomy Club Monthly Meeting Minutes
D. Tousley, Secretary
I'm sorry to all members. This last month was busy and I completely forgot Astronomy.
Great Lakes Star Gaze
Astronomy on the Beach
this guest presentation, Tim returns to the University of Vermont at
Burlington to pursue his graduate studies. We wish him all
the best under his new sky.
For Schedule of
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those who may have missed the PBS showing of this 60 minute
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SIC ITUR AD ASTRA
will be 3 Supermoons
Moon at Perigee) July12, August 10, September 9
One day before a
America flight VX415 from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX)
crosses the waxing gibbous
moon on its
final approach to Los Angeles Airport as viewed from Whittier,
Calif., Friday, July 11,
MICHIGAN ASTROPHOTO OF THE MONTH
Michigan Astronomer's Image
Antares, the "rival of Mars," is captured in a deep sky
wide-field image by OAC member DANA TOUSLEY
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Brightness Location MERCURY Dusk W MAG -1.3 Superior conjunction 3/7.
Closest to Venus 3/8. VENUS Dusk WNW MAG -4.8 Inferior conjunction
3/25. Late month rises in morning also. MARS Dusk W MAG 1.2 Upper left
of Venus & Mercury. JUPITER Night SE MAG -2.3 Rises in Virgo.
Retrograding west of Spica. SATURN Night S MAG .5 Rises in Sagittarius
after mignight. Open rings. URANUS Night W MAG 5.8 Pisces. Near
Mercury. NEPTUNE Dawn E MAG 8 Aquarius. Lost in Sun's preglow DEEP SKY
8 11 UT Constellation Name & Background Object Type Distance Name
URSA MAJOR Great Bear Alpha Star 123LY Dubhe. Arabic for back of bear.
Plow in Britain. Egyptians saw hippo or chariot. Star 86LY/81LY
Mizar/Alcor. Used for vision test. It was guide for slaves to escape.
M81-82 GAL 12MLY 81 is spiral gal. 82 is Starburst gal. "Follow the
drinking gourd" Only the hind quarters of bear this month Native
americans saw cup as a bear being chased by warriors. LEO MINOR Small
Lion Alpha Star 98LY Leonis Minora. A varible Star Modern constellation
added by Henelius 1867 Filled void between Ursa & Leo Majors.
Egyptians saw footprints of gazelles fleeing Leo CANCER The Crab M44 OC
500LY Beehive or Praesepe Cluster Distracted Hercules in battle. M67 OC
2250LY Very old. 10 billion years. Tropic in northern latitudes LEO The
Lion Alpha Star 69LY Regulus. Handle of sickle resembles classic
egyptian sphinx. M95 GAL 25MLY center of underbelly. In China it is a
horse. M96 GAL 25MLY center of underbelly. In Incan culture, it is
puma. HYDRA Water Snake Alpha Star 110LY Alphard. Only named star in
Hydra. Largest & Longest constellation. 90 Degrees. M48 OC 1500LY
Once considered a "missing " object. Slain by Hercules. near Kite
shaped head. Hydra once included Corvus the crow & Crater the
beaker, Punished by Apollo. SEXTANS The Sextant NGC3115 Gal 32MLY East
of Alpha Hydra Polish astronomer Hevelius named after his favorite
instrument destroyed in fire. He created first accurate star maps in
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