The KAS Shindig! – June 6th, 2015

Come and enjoy a fun evening with people who share your love of astronomy! Spend time with old friends and make new ones. Catch up on the latest astronomy happenings! Bring a dish to pass at our Potluck Dinner.

All are Welcome!

Are you considering joining the Kopernik Astronomical Society? Do you have friends that may be interested in astronomy? Bring them along, too! If you plan to attend, RSVP to Roy Williams at: rwilliams@kopernik.org

6 p.m. Doors Open: Potluck Dinner
7:30 p.m. The RadioActive Sky Alex Harvilchuck, Susquehanna Astro-Society
9 p.m. Observing (if clear) or Telescope Tours (if cloudy) * If clear, KOSC will stay open beyond 10 p.m. for observing Free Admission

For more information (click image for PDF file)

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May 2015 – Up For Some Challenges?

Image Credit Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Image Credit Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

About the image above: Jupiter undergoes a “double shadow transit” on May 27. From 10:01 pm EDT until 12:18 am EDT, the tiny dark shadows of Io and Ganymede are on the disk simultaneously. The moons themselves are visible as well; Io itself is transiting the disk, while Ganymede is in the lower right corner. The Great Red Spot, a huge storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere, has just crossed the center of the disk; for reasons unknown, it has been shrinking and losing color over the past several years. (May 27, 2015, 10:48 pm EDT).

So who’s up for some challenges in May 2015?  Take a look at these observing challenges…

  • May 05- The Eta Aquarid meteors peak (time variable), with an estimated ZHR of 55.
  • May 07- Mercury reaches greatest evening elongation at 21.2 degrees east of the Sun at 4:00 UT.
  • May 19- The Moon occults Aldebaran for northern North America at ~2:53 UT .
  • May 20- Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS may reach binocular visibility.
  • May 21- Callisto and Europa both cast shadows on Jupiter from 20:06 to 20:36 EDT.
  • May 23- Saturn reaches opposition at ~1:00 UT.
  • May 27- Ganymede and Io both cast shadows on Jupiter from 22:04 to 12:18 EDT.
  • May 30- Comet 19P/Borrelly may reach binocular visibility.

Note:  These events come from David Dickinson’s post in Universe Today titled The Top 101 Astronomical Events of 2015

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Tonight’s Sky – May 2016

  • Venus and Mercury in the west after sunset
  • Mercury will disappear as the month progresses
  • Jupiter high in the southwestern Sky
  • Saturn appears in the southeast in the late evening hours
  • Virgo will fill the southern sky – thousands of galaxies with the glow of billions of stars
  • M104 – The Sombrero Galaxy
  • Coma Berenices & M64 Spiral Galaxy
  • Canes Venatici, Cor Caroli, and M51 The WhirPool Galaxy
  • Eta Aquarids will be hindered by a bright near-full Moon 5/5 – 5/6

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KAS Events

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NEAF has passed us once again, and the KAS booth was a great success. Many members of the KAS and Kopernik staff helped out with the booth, and a great special thanks goes out to Art C. and George N. for their tireless efforts supporting the booth. Art talked to just about everyone who passed him, and really got the Kopernik name out there. An updated presentation was streamed across the monitors which included some updated videos and images (thanks Keith). Also at the booth were information on Kopernik AstroFest and the Kopernik Summer Programs. There was a lot of interest from folks in what was offered. A few prize drawings were held, and those had good involvement generating some buzz.

It was great to see our friends from Adirondack Public Observatory who were our next-door neighbors on the NEAF floor – they are doing well with their operations.

Coming up are the following:

Hopefully you will join the KAS on one of these expeditions!  It is a great time!

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Tonight’s Sky – April 2015 (from hubblesite.org)

  • Venus in the west after sunset
  • Mercury low against the horizon soon after sunset
  • Jupiter Prime Viewing high and early
  • Ursa Major including the Big Dipper
  • Mizar/Alcor double star
  • M81 & M82 Galaxies
  • Leo the Lion
  • M65, M66, and NGC3629 Leo Triplet of Galaxies
  • M95 and M96 – Galaxies
  • The Three Leaps of the Gazelle (three pairs of double stars)
  • Saturn in the South at midnight
  • Saturn Close Pass to the Moon on April 8th
  • Lyrid Meteor Shower peak on 4/22
  • April 4th Total Lunar Eclipse – From the Western US

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KAS Attending NEAF 2015

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On April 18th – 19th, The Northeast Astronomy Forum and Telescope Show will be held.  Numerous KAS members have committed to going. Some KAS members go down for two days, and others for one day or the other.

The KAS has many NEAF activities planned.  For the fifth year in a row, the KAS will have a table at the event.  Once again this year we will be on the showroom floor.  Everything is all set…stop by the KAS booth for a chance to win a Kopernik AstroFest T-Shirt and to find out information about our annual Kopernik AstroFest event.

Please feel free to contact kas’at’kopernikastro.org if you are interested in joining us in our venture to NEAF 2013.

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