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

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February 11, 2018 (Meeting cancelled due to weather)

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  • The February meeting was at Dinosaur Hill location with video projector setup.  gave a presentation:  
    • Meeting cancelled
  • Guests/visitors:  1 guest present
  • The March meeting will be held on the SECOND Sunday as usual,  March 11, 7-9 PM
 Past Events:  

      No Club events were scheduled, there was no Observing Report was received from Addison Oaks:  
Club Activities - Future
  • Red Oaks Nature Center Astro Evening; March 16 6:00-8:00
  • FAAC Conference and Swap Meet; April 7
  • 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
Bill Girardin's sent his monthly roundup (see below) given with video projections.

Sky at a Glance


1-Mar Moon leads Jupiter, Mars, & Saturn at dawn

5-Mar Zodiacal light at dusk for a couple weeks

11-Mar Daylight-Saving time starts at 2.00AM

20-Mar Spring Equinox at 12.15pm.

29-Mar Mars above Sagittarius. Saturn 2 deg to the left.


Worm (Hard Crust on the Snow) Moon

2-Mar Full 9-Mar Last 17-Mar New 24-Mar First
Interesting object to look for:

lacus Mortis (Lake of Death)

152 Diam/km

N of Serenity
44N 27E

Planets Even/Morn Direction Brightness Location

MERCURY Dusk W MAG -1.3 18 deg elongation from sun 3/15

VENUS Dusk W MAG -3.9 rising higher every day

MARS Night SSE MAG .6 upper right of teapot

JUPITER Night SSW MAG -2.3 Rises in Libra. Starts retrograde on 3/9.

SATURN Night SSE MAG .5 Above teapot in Sagittarius after mignight.

URANUS Dusk W MAG 5.8 Near Venus at month end.

NEPTUNE Dusk E MAG 8 conjunction with sun 3/4


8 11 UT

Constellation Name & Background

Object Type Distance Name
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 1690.

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.

The Sextant
NGC3115 Gal 32MLY East of Alpha Hydra
Polish astronomer Hevelius named afterhis favorite instrument destroyed in fireHe created first accurate star maps in 1690.

January Meeting Minutes     

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


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)

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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