by Larry Kane, Assistant Director
As some of you may know, the last five months have been, health-wise, somewhat tough going for me. While I am confident that I can carry out existing and future projects for the AAAP, I have had to curtail other commitments. The primary of these was my position as a trustee of the Washington Crossing Park Association. As a trustee, I was able to be a part of the decision making that effected the park and collaterally, the AAAP. I took on this responsibility because I thought it important to help form and develop this intrinsically important connection between the AAAP and a sister organization that works primarily for the maintenance of the park in which our observatory has been located for almost fifty years. The relationship between these two organizations is, at the moment, very solid and this status must not be allowed to weaken.
So I am asking one or two members to step up and volunteer to help solidify our three year long relationship with this vital organization. If you contact me at email@example.com, I can set you up.
If you have some great airline mileage, or if money is no object and you really want to see the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun, you are in luck. I still have reservations for two rooms in Oregon, something that, by this time, no money can buy. You still have an opportunity to be a part of the 2017 AAAP Solar Expedition. We will be viewing this colossal event on land made available to us by a friendly farmer. After eclipse celebrations will be held at the same location. So if interested, contact me as soon as you read this article. You can email me at the address listed above, or call me at 609-273-1456.
By the way, if there is some area of astronomy that you think the AAAP should be getting into, please feel free to let me or another member of the board know. Our organization can only grow if we have the continuing input of new ideas from our membership.
We could initiate some radio astronomy work via PARA. (para.edu) This is a former NASA radio station now privately owned for public benefit with a bunch of antennas from 2x 87′ up to 12 GHz plus smaller ones for training and would be an interesting new/different piece for outreach efforts, as long as we have locals able to do relevant presentations as their local outreach is aimed at North Carolina. About an hour SW of Asheville NC.
Like Bill Thomas’ comment, we could initiate radio astronomy work.
There is lots to learn and I am starting at Green Bank Observatory within the Skynet remote observatory framework.
How often do you get to hunt down a Hydrogen line in Cygnus? And then get to formulate a question as to why the H peak doesn’t exactly correspond where expected.
Regrettably, my newbie status took its toll on my online Credits!