Category Archives: December 2021

From The Director

by Rex Parker, PhD director@princetonastronomy.org Reflections on 2021. Another year passes and we are wiser if not quite complete, and there is much to reflect upon. The year turned out well for AAAP, thanks to our members who gave time … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

By Victor Davis The December 2021 meeting of the AAAP will take place (virtually) on Tuesday, December 14th at 7:30 PM. (See How to Join the December Meeting below for details). This meeting is open to AAAP members and the … Continue reading

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COMING SOON! 

The AAAP Merchandise shop is nearly ready to launch Members (and public) will be able to securely purchase AAAP-emblazoned shirts and other wearables on-line.  In the future other items may be added as well.  Member Rich Sherman has been developing … Continue reading

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Comet Leonard on the morning of December 3, 2021

Straight from the oven, baked by our own esteemed member Prof. Robert Vanderbei, Princeton University.

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Postcard from Lisa Ann Fanning

Hello Fellow Members, I wanted to share my compilation of images from the Partial Lunar Eclipse of Nov 19, 2021. I began photographing the moon through the clouds at around 2AM EST and took my last photo just prior to … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse — November 19, 2021

by Robert Vanderbei I’m teaching a Freshman Seminar this fall called Sizing Up The Universe. There are 12 students in the class. A few weeks before the eclipse, I told my students that the eclipse was an upcoming event and … Continue reading

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Check out Comet Leonard this month from your backyard!

by Surabhi Agarwal Discovered on January 3, 2021 by Astronomer Gregory J. Leonard, comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is heading inward toward its January 3, 2022, perihelion. It has the potential to become the brightest comet of 2021! It is currently in Ursa … Continue reading

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The Future of Astronomy

by S. Prasad Ganti Every decade, a survey is conducted in the US to check for the trends in astronomy so that recommendations can be made for projects like building new telescopes. It is called the decadal survey. For this … Continue reading

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Astrophotography Adapters

by Rich Sherman I recently learned about a company that builds custom astrophotography adapters, including replacement focusers and custom focuser extension tubes. The company is based in Miami, FL, and is named PreciseParts. Their tagline is: “Your online astro machine … Continue reading

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