Category Archives: November 2020

From the Director

Be thankful for computerized star charts We’ll illuminate the history of celestial cartography at our next meeting via Zoom on Nov 10 at 7:30 (see Ira’s section below about the guest speaker and Zoom link). The premise that we stand … Continue reading

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From the Program Director

by Ira Polans The November meeting will be held on the 10th at 7:30 PM. (See Joining the Meeting with Zoom below for details). This meeting is open to AAAP members and the general public. Due to the number of … Continue reading

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Minutes of the October 6, 2020 AAAP Board of Trustees meeting (virtual)

by John Miller, Secretary ● Rex Parker opened the Zoom meeting at 7:00 P.M. ● Rex and David Skitt indicated that the previous plan of opening the Washington Crossing Observatory to six people inside the building had failed to consistently … Continue reading

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Robert Vanderbei’s Mars Photo

Bob Vanderbei is a professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is an amazing astro-photographer and a club member.  His photo of Mars below taken at 3:15 a.m. on October 6 makes you … Continue reading

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Mars Opposition Photos from the Past

by John Church Left Picture: August 18, 1971         Right Picture: Oct. 11, 1973 Edmund 4-inch refractor            Hastings-Byrne 6¼ inch refractor Angular diameter 24.7 arcsec           Angular diameter 21.4 arcsec Central Meridian 10º              Central Meridian 328º                        Published in Sky & Telescope, March … Continue reading

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Super Nova 2020SSF in NCG7722 – EAA With The AAAP C14

by Tom Swords For the October 3rd AAAP members observatory night, one of the target suggestions on my list was for a recently discovered SuperNova I had read about on Cloudy Nights. The previous night I had attempted to capture … Continue reading

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Symphony of the Stars

by Samuel Sherman Asteroseismology is the use of sounds produced by the Sun and other stars to expand our knowledge of the physical traits and characteristics of stars and better understand our Sun. From the stellar sound we can learn … Continue reading

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Snippets

compiled by Arlene & David Kaplan NASA Mission Springs a Small Leak After Touching an Asteroid   The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft collected rock and dirt samples from Bennu, but it appears to be losing some of what it grabbed. NASA’s effort to … Continue reading

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