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May, 2018
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Universal Time Addison Oaks Sky At This Time Tom Hagen, Editor
    


CLUB PRESIDENT:   Mark Jeffery  (248-828-4389)                                                             Email

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MONTHLY MEETING
April 8, 2018

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  • The April meeting was at Dinosaur Hill location with video projector setup.  gave a presentation:  
  • Guests/visitors: 
  • Due to Mother's Day the May meeting will be held on the THIRD Sunday ,  May 20, 7-9 PM
 
 Past Events:  

      No Club events were scheduled, there was no Observing Report was received from Addison Oaks:  
 
 
                                                    
  
Club Activities - Future
  • MSU Tollgate Farms; June 22
  • Great Lakes Star Gaze; September 6-9
          
  • SEVEN PONDS ASTRONOMY CLUB- (click link)  John Lines invites OAC & Warren Club members to their observing events and activities.
  • Ford Multi-Club Picnic Island Lake       
  • Brandon Public Library (Indoor)           
  • Indpendence Oaks, Nature at Night        
  • Bald Mountain Rec Area (Meteors)        
  • Marshbank Campout, W Bloomfield      
  • Great Lakes Star Gaze                            
  • Astronomy on the Beach, Kensington     
  • Marshbank Star Party, W Bloomfield     
  • Red Oaks Nature Center, Madison Heights

Observing Night 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 deck.  Other dates by arrangement.    
 
                          
                        March 9 or 10; Gary Dietz, 248-425-5753
March 17 or 17; Gary Dietz, 248-425-5753
                          
                                                       
Sky-at-a-Glance
Bill Girardin's sent his monthly roundup (see below) given with video projections.
MAY 2018






CALENDAR Sky at a Glance






2-May Aldebaran & Venus set in West.






8-May Jupiter reaches opposition






19-May Moon under M44 Beehive cluster.






20-May Venus close to M35 in Gemini.






21-May Moon & Regulus form tight pair.






31-May Moon & Saturn together all night.















Lunar


Flower (Budding) Moon



Last 8-May New 15-May First 22-May
Full 29-May
Interesting object to look for:

Crater Plinius
15.4 N
23.7 E



between Sea of Serentity & Tranquility


43 Diam/km









Planets Even/Morn Direction Brightness Location



MERCURY None
MAG -.8 Greatest elongation from sun Too close to sun.



VENUS Dusk W MAG -3.8 Sets 2 1/2 Hours after sunset by month end



MARS Night ESE MAG -.8 Rises 1.30AM. Earth catching up to it.



JUPITER Night S MAG -2.3 In Libra. Reaches opposition 5/8.



SATURN Night S MAG -.2 Above Teapot



URANUS Dawn
Mag 5.8 Too close to dawn to observe.



NEPTUNE Dawn
Mag 7.9













12 15 UT





Constellation Name & Background


Object Type Distance Name
URSA MAJOR
Great bear
M101 Gal 21MLY Near Beta
Plow in Britain. Egyptians saw hippo or chariot


M102 Gal 44MLY Added to Messier list. Could be NGC 4866
It was guide for slaves to escape. "Follow the drinking gourd"


Alcor/Mizor Stars 86LY Eye Test
Native americans saw cup as a bear with







warriors chasing in the handle
















CANES VENATICI
The Hunting Dogs
M3 GC 33.9KLY NE of Cor Caroli
Hunting dogs of Bootes chasing after bears.


M63 Gal 37MLY Sunflower Galaxy
Coonceived by Johannes Hevelius in 17 centruy


M51 Gal 23MLY Whirlpool Galaxy









BOOTES
The Herdsman
Al[pha Star 37LY Arcturus
Herds flocks across sky


Epsilon Star 300LY Izar Double star.
Hunts bears
















COMA BERNICES
Berenice's Hair
Beta Star 27LY looks similar to our sun
Egyptian Queen promised the Gods her hair


M64 Gal 24MLY Black Eye galaxy
to protect her husband at war. Once considered Virgo's hair.
















VIRGO
The Maid
ALPHA Star 250LY Spica. Latin ear of wheat left hand
Only Female figure in the Zodiac


M104 GAL 28MLY Sombrero Galaxy
One of oldest constellations.


VIRGO CLUSTER OF GALAXIES


CONTAINS 3,000 GALAXIES
Second largest constellation
















CORVUS
The Crow
ALPHA Star 48LY Alchiba. Just outside polygon.
Sits near cup, but cannot drink


NGC4038/39 GAL 45MLY Antennae Colliding galaxies. Ring-tailed Gal.
Greek God Apollo requested cup of water,







but crow was distracted fig riping on tree.








Business:
January Meeting Minutes     
 

Oakland Astronomy Club Monthly Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2018
D. Tousley, Secretary

Opening

President Mark Jeffery called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. An agenda was provided to all.
8 members and 1 guest were in attendance.

Observations & Presentations
Mark Jeffery – Wabar: Learning from the Middle of No-Where

Observing Night Contacts
View through the club’s 17.5” Dobsonian Scope at the Addison Oaks County Park, or bring your own.
Call the numbers listed below to verify viewing opportunities. (Weather permitting, one of the two nights will be chosen)

Contacts
Jan 19-20 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Feb 19-20 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Feb 16-17 Dana Tousley 248.841.6528
Mar 9-10 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753
Mar 16-17 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753

Upcoming Events

West Bloomfield Parks & Rec Full Moon Walk. Tuesday Jan 30 7:00 – 8:30 pm 4640 Walnut Lake Rd. West Bloomfield
Red Oaks Nature Center Astro Evening March 16 6:00-8:00
FAAC Astronomy Conference & Swap Meet April 7 details tbd
MSU Tollgate Farms June 22-23 details tbd
Great Lakes Star Gaze September 6-9

Break time
Next month snack, tbd

The Sky-at-a-Glance
Dave Holt gave the report.

Club business:

Investigating trip to tour National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab at MSU
Gary showed completed end cover for club scope, will be crafting another for other end.
Next presentation: Comfortable cold weather viewing.

Adjournment: 8:45 p.m.

Next Meeting: February 11, Monthly OAC meeting – Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester

   
              


                 


               

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