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Orionids peak Oct 22 early AM


Orionid Meteor Shower:
This year should be great for the Orionid meteor shower!
Earth is about to pass through a stream of debris from Halley’s comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Saturday morning, Oct. 22nd, with more than 15 meteors per hour. Earth isn’t the only world in the debris stream; NASA researchers will also be watching for meteoroid strikes on the Moon.
FULL STORY at
science.NASA.gov

November 16 monthly meeting

forest_bwWhat: APL Astronomy Club monthly meeting
Where: Gibson Library room L-2
When: Wednesday, November 16, noon to 1:00 pm

Open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy.

This month’s topics: Equipment purchases, club projects, reports on the Nov 4th Star Party, and member observing reports.

 

 

Friends & Family Star Party Nov. 4, 2011

The weather forcast is for clear skies.  We are GO for the star party 🙂   See you there!

The APL Astronomy Club’s fall Friends & Family Star Party will be held November 4th, starting at 6:30 pm (club telescope set up starts at 6).  Check for a Weather Status Update at this web site on Nov. 4 in the afternoon.  NO FLASHLIGHTS.

Star Party on the West lawn near the Big Radio Dish

APLers and their friends and families are invited.  Club members will have several telescopes out for your viewing pleasure.  Bring your own optics if you have ’em – the more, the merrier!

Where: on the lawn next to the Big Dish on the West side of the Main Campus, outside the perimeter fence.

Dress for temperatures at least 10 degrees colder than predicted.  NO FLASHLIGHTS.

Park near the turnstyle entrance by building 21, or near the building 23 lobby entrance.

Sun:  sunset at 6:05 pm; end civil twilight at 6:32 pm.

Moon:  waxing gibbous (69%), transit at 8:47 pm EDT.

Jupiter: rises 5:41 pm, 32 degrees altitude by 8:30, transits just after midnight, visual magnitude about -3.

Neptune: 11 degrees from the Moon (west and below), about 8th magnitude, transit at 8pm at about 38 degrees altitude.

Uranus: 23 degrees from the Moon (east), about 6th magnitude; at 8pm at altitude 40d, azimuth 135d; transit is at 10 pm.

Bright double stars:  Albireo in Cygnus; eta Lyrae (the double-double).

Nebulae at 8pm: M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) ENE at 57d altitude.  M13 (globular cluster) WNW at 29d altitude.  M57 (Ring Nebula) W at 52d altitude.  M45 (the Pleiades) just rising in the East at 15d altitude.

October meeting 2011

forest_bwWhat: APL Astronomy Club monthly meeting
Where: Gibson Library room L-2
When: October 19, noon to 1:00 pm

Open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy.

Topics: APL Star Party November 4th; Member Observing Reports, including an update on Mark Kochte’s time lapse videography.