Astronomy Day at Kartchner Caverns State Park – October 1, 2016

The next Kartchner Caverns State Park astronomy program will be Saturday, October 1, 2016.  The guest speaker will be Mr. Ken Zoll, the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archeological Center.  His talk will be given in the Discovery Center auditorium at 5:30 pm.   Mr. Zoll will cover the results of his research in Archeo-Astronomy in Arizona.  He has studied archeological sites across the region, and during his program, he will show links between pictographs and astronomical events.

Starting in the early afternoon, the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona (HAC) will have solar telescopes set up for observing the sun.  If the skies are clear, we will see close-ups of sunspots and prominences through specially filtered astronomical telescopes.  After sunset about 7 pm and weather permitting, everyone will have another chance to look through the HAC telescopes.    Don’t miss the close-up views of the ringed planet Saturn, the red planet Mars, the Hercules star cluster (M13), and many other wonders of the night sky.   Sunset will be at about 6:05 pm, and bring your jackets.

For additional information about visiting Kartchner Caverns, visit:  http://azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/

Solar Observing at Kartchner Caverns:

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Here’s a recent photo of Saturn by HAC President, David Roemer:

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2016 photo of the Hercules Globular Star Cluster, by HAC President David Roemer. This star cluster has over 100,000 stars and is 26,000 light years away:

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Club Meeting Announcement for October 2016

The next meeting of the Huachuca Astronomy Club will be held on Friday, October 21st, at 7 pm in the Student Union community room of Cochise College.

megan-kiminkiThe speaker will be Megan Kiminki. Megan is a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona. Megan received a B.S. in Astronomy and Biology from the University of Wyoming in 2010, and an M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2012. Her research interests include star formation, massive stars, stellar kinematics, optical spectroscopy, and the development of user-friendly data analysis tools.

Megan’s talk will be entitled “Eta Carinae: The Supernove That Wasn’t”.

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September 2016 Nightfall Newsletter is now available

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The September 2016 edition of the Huachuca Astronomy Club newsletter, Nightfall, is now available for download. Submissions for next month’s issue can be sent to , our Nightfall editor.

New Resource Area for Light Pollution

The HAC website now has a new area under ‘Resources‘ where we will be adding content regarding all manner of light pollution issues. Bob Gent has already penned a great article drawing on his prior experience as a past president of the International Dark-Sky Association. Please give it a read and pass the link along to your friends and neighbors. We welcome all contributions to our Resources page, no matter which astronomy topic you wish to address.

Resource: Light Pollution

Slooh 24 Hour Live TV Feed

Slooh_TVSlooh is now providing a 24 hour LIVE feed of their telescopes, live shows, and highlights from previous shows.  Check out our Resources page dedicated to the video feed.

Ted Forte named as OSIRIS-REx Ambassador

HAC member Ted Forte has been selected as an OSIRIS-REx Ambassador.  The mission of this ambassador program is to provide communities with knowledgeable volunteers to provide mission updates and information to the public about the asteroid sample return mission that is being managed from right here in Tucson.  Ted is already a Solar System Ambassador, a volunteer program administered by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena CA. The OSIRIS-REx Ambassador program is managed out of the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona.    OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA’s New Frontiers Program; it will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission is scheduled for launch in late 2016. The spacecraft should reach its asteroid target in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

The OSIRIS-REx Science Processing and Operations Center is at the University of Arizona.  Overall mission management is being provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.  The spacecraft is being built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, CO.

Ted can be reached at and is available to schedule talks at your school, civic organization, or youth group.

 

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Kartchner Caverns Star Party

October 1, 2016, 12:01pm - October 1, 2016, 10:01pm

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