March, 2017

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

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February 12, 2017

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  • Meeting at Dinosaur Hill location with video projector setup.   
  • Guests/visitors: 
  • The March meeting will be held on the SECOND Sunday as usual, March 12, 7-9 PM
  • Presentation:  The March speaker is TBA.
  •  IN THIS ISSUE:  --- Astronews, Sky-at-a-Glance, and Future Activities

 Past Events:  

      No Club events were acheduled, but the following Observing Report was received from Addison Oaks:  
Club Activities - Future

  • GOOGLE SITE - Walter Fielek is posting Club info on GOOGLE.  Click link to check it out.
  • 2017 Independence Oaks Star Parties dates, all on Saturdays at the Wint Nature Center.  Mark your calendar.
           Tenn Hutt             SPRING - TBA
SUMMER - July 26, 9-11pm
                                       FALL - Nov. 22, 8-10pm
                                                 WINTER - TBA

  • 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.    
                           Feb.   24-25         Gary Dietz 248-425-5753
Bill Girardin's sent his monthly roundup (see below) given by Dave Holt with video projections.
Planets    Even/Morn    Direction    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 1690.                               

February Meeting Minutes     

Oakland Astronomy Club Monthly Meeting Minutes

February 12, 2017

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 2 guests were in attendance.

Observations & PresentationsPlanets    Even/Morn    Direction    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 1690.                               

Sandra Macika– Meteorites and Tektites

Next month presentation – tbd.

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 Feb 24-25 Gary Dietz 248.425.5753

Upcoming Events

Independence Oaks Wint Nature Center – Winter Star Party 8:00-10:00 pm

Break time

Next month snack, TBD

The Sky-at-a-Glance

Bill Girardin gave the report with Dave Holt supporting Sky Safari projection.

Club business:

Previous Events

Show and Tell

Adjournment:  9:00 p.m.

Next Meeting:  March 12, Monthly OAC meeting – Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester 7:00-9:00 pm


Presentation:                                       Meteorites and Tektites - Sandra Macika

Tim Olszanski offered a tour-de-force of images and information on amazing and powerful pulsars.

 With 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.                                  

                       Tenn Hutt   Next Meeting:   Sunday, March 12,  7 pm 
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NEXT MEETING:  April 9th,  2017
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Editor's Note:   Newsletters can be saved locally by openingPlanets Even/Morn Direction 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 1690. link,  then select Save as Webpage complete, or PDF
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