Thursday, March 4, 2010
We are hoping to go April 2nd - 4th, which is Easter weekend. The price for lodging is estimated at $70 for the first night and $40 for the second night plus money for food and entertainment. Museum admission is covered. We have 14 people signed up so far and Dr. Fleisch is holding 8 double-occupancy rooms.
So far, it's looking like we'll be going to Cleveland the weekend of April 17. More details to follow as we get closer.
Gaby demonstrated the Galaxy Zoo and Solar Stormwatch websites. These websites allow anyone on the internet to contribute to real, fascinating scientific research. Both are free, and no programs need to be downloaded. As Dr. Fleisch pointed out boredom and time on your hands can lead to some fascinating discoveries.
Murchison Meteorite. This large meteorite was found to contain non-terrestrial organic material, a good piece of evidence toward life on other planets.
The Wow! signal. In 1977, the Big Ear radio telescope picked up a shockingly strong radio signal that lasted 72 seconds. The signal very closely resembled a man-made radio signal, giving scientists reason to believe that this might have been our first evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I truly enjoyed watching the DVD. Besides an educational value, this movie shows some of the most remarkable images taken here, on Earth, and remotely.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
2009-2010 Astronomy Club t shirts will be white with navy lettering.
Design will be the same as last year.
$5 for S/S and $8 for L/S.
Order forms will be emailed to the club members.
Open House and Galilean Nights Homecoming Weekend (Oct 23rd)
We will have an Open House on Homecoming Weekend. The date coincides with the Galilean Nights planned as part of the International Year of Astronomy.
Entire Wittenberg and Springfield community will be invited to participate in the observing sessions.
We are planning to purchase several Galileoscopes (telescope similar in capacity to the one Galileo used).
We are planning short trips to Catawba and South Vienna. These would be evening trips to the dark sites.
Other trips in mind are Serpent Mound and NYC.
We will email with approximate dates and $$$.
WAS Activity Room
The larger bulletin board in the WAS activity room (the room in the lower level of the observatory) will have general information about planets, FAQ, myths, asteroid impacts, etc. Please email other ideas to the members of Astro Club.
Telescope Training Sessions
We will have several telescope training sessions. This will not depend on the weather conditions and can be done in daytime.
We will email dates for the training sessions.
Anyone interested, please email Keith (s11.kmeyers) or Anjelika (s10.agasilina).
Latest Astronomy News
Moon bombing was successful, however at this point NASA has no definite answer whether there is frozen water on the Moon.
And no, the world did not come to an end (whatever your definition of “the world” might be).
Saturn has yet another ring!!! It's extremely gigantic and the distance from the planet to the dust ring's outer “rim” is something like 7.4 million miles. The ring is formed by numerous meteorites that impacted Saturn's moon Phoebe and kicked up some dust as a result. The ring was discovered using NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We are back and in full action for this coming semester! We were pleased to see that we had 90 new people rush at the speed of light to the astro table and are excited about our first meeting tomorrow September 7th at 9:30 pm in 319 Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center!
The observing sessions for the semester are:
9/9 at 9
We are proud to announce that the observatory is all cleaned up and looking great for this coming fall's observing sessions.
To be discussed at our 1st meeting;
activities: Including Home-School children groups, trips, anything else you bring up
See you all tomorrow!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
the design for this year has already been sent out via email, and order forms will follow soon
Girl Scout Science Night is April 3
-if it's clear (which is historically unlikely), volunteers to help guide the crowd and answer questions will be needed
100 Hours of Astronomy is April 2-5
-there will be some observing event, which we haven't decided on yet
April meeting is April 7
-it's at 9:30, in 319 Science
Relay for Life is April 25-26
-go here and sign up for the Astronomy Club team!
10th Anniversary Party is not scheduled yet
-but it'll be fun
Friday, September 12, 2008
If going on a trip has ever even crossed your mind, go read about them now. If you're interested, Dr Fleisch needs to know so we can get the planning started.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
On behalf of your secretary who hasn't had a chance to register with the blog yet, here are the minutes from last night's meeting. Remember, if you have questions about any of the events we're planning, email any of your officers; all the contact information is here.
§ Meeting Dates
§ Observing Sessions
§ Special Events
o Music of the Spheres 9/19
o Speaker Dr. Stahl on replacement for Hubble Telescope 10/9
o Trip to Pittsburgh 9/26-9/28
o Trip to Stonehenge 12/28-1/7
§ Other discussed topics
o Rocket Field Day, Interclub activities, Julia Kregenow/Jason Wright speakers, Bad Scifi movies, Planet Watch, Messier objects, rappelling w/ caving club
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday September 10, 9:30 to 11:00
Thursday September 18, 9:00 to 10:30
Sunday October 5, 9:00 to 10:30
Monday October 13, 9:00 to 10:30
Friday October 24, 8:30 to 10:00
Wednesday November 5, 8:30 to 10:00
Thursday November 13, 8:00 to 9:30
Monday November 24, 8:00 to 9:30
Tuesday December 2, 7:30 to 9:00
Friday December 12, 7:30 to 9:00
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I hope you all have enjoyed a fabulous year in the Astonomy Club.
In case you missed the last meeting of the 07-08 academic year, here's the minutes:
We played a game of "Astro" (aka Bingo) with common Dr. Fleisch sayings and astronomy words.
If you were planning to go on the Chicago trip, Dr. Fleisch is trying to reschedule it, so email him ASAP if the weekend of the 11th, the 18th, or the 26th works for you.
This Friday, April 4th, is the next Friday Night Lecture. Come hear our wonderful president, Nick's presentation titled "I bet Newton could draw" at 7:30 in Bailey Auditorium. Observing will follow.
Another Friday Night Lecture is also in the works: Music of the Spheres II presented by Keith Ward is scheduled for April 25th at 7:30.
Our remaining observing sessions are all at our beloved Weaver Observatory
April 4 8:30pm
April 18 start time 9 or 10 pm (it's Girl Scout Science Night)
May 9 9pm (if you're around for graduation)
We talked some more about the Flag of Earth. SETI and the North American Astrophysical Society are in charge of it, so check out their websites or google 'Flag of Earth' for more information.
SENIORS: contact me to sign our Alumni Canvas. Leave your mark on the Observatory (well, just our canvas).
We appointed next year's officers (see Nick's post).
- Gamma Ray Bursts
- AIBS Science Wars: April 15 8:30 watch for flyers
- We're thinking of buying some small ones for the club.
- The three types are iron, stony, and stony-iron.
- meteoroid = in space; meteor = in atmosphere; meteorite = on Earth's surface
- A meteorite fall lands next to you. A meteorite find is found later and must be analyzed to know it is a meteorite.
Dr. Fleisch's book A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations is "selling like hotcakes" and has sold out on Amazon twice!! See him if you want a copy or more information.
Erin and I will be ordering T-shirts this week, so email her if you have not already. T-shirts will be in by April 25.
I guess that's it, gang. See you at the upcoming events!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Welcome back from Spring Break. Here's what we talked about at this month's meeting:
3-14 @ 9 to look at Saturn
4-4 @ 9
4-18 @ 9 to look at the moon
Nick's Friday Night Lecture is April 4th at 7:30 pm. We are planning to have this recorded on video. Try to make it. Observing will happen afterward at the Observatory.
The group going to Chicago is leaving Friday at 9 AM. If this includes you, check your email for details.
The UK trip does not have enough interest to be a group, per se, but you can still email Dr. Fleisch if you want to meet up with him in Europe.
At next month's meeting we will be electing officers for next year. Be sure to email Nick if you are interested. We will also be discussing ways to spend this semester's budget. Let us know if you have ideas.
Other topics of discussion:
Gamma ray burster, "Death Star," badastronomy.com
Water on Mars
eclipse pictures are on the website
Dr. Bob Dixon is speaking on SETI tomorrow at 3.
Next Meeting is April 1st at 9:30 pm in Science Center room 319.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Our next scheduled observing is Friday, March 14, after Nick's lecture. It's possible that more sessions will be scheduled between now and then, but we're limited by the tendency of Ohio to be entirely overcast at this time of year.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Here's what's coming up for the Wittenberg Astronomical Society:
Very soon we will be ordering club t-shirts, so keep an eye and ear out for more info on that.
The upcoming observing sessions are always listed on the WAS website and the next one is Saturday, February 9th @ 8pm. We are tentatively planning to go to Hocking Hills in April.
Other possible trips are to the Pittsburg Planetarium and the summer UK trip.
We also have 2 Friday Night Lectures this semester: "Magic and Science" on March 14 presented by our favorite president, Nick; and "Music of the Spheres" in April presented by Keith.
Topics of discussion at the meeting:
Near Earth Object Program
Clear Sky Clock
Deep Space Broadcasting
See you all at our next meeting March 11th @ 9:30pm
Monday, February 4, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Here's what we covered at the meeting.
The first ever Spring Activities Fair is happening at dinner in the CDR on Jan 23.
Observing sessions (weather permitting, of course) :
- Tues, Jan 15 8:00 pm at Weaver Observatory, to look at the first quarter moon
- Tues, Jan 22 11:30 am in front of the Student Center, to look at the sun
- Sat, Feb 9 8:00 pm at Weaver Observatory, to see the sky during the new moon
- Fri, March 14 8:30 pm at Weaver Observatory, first quarter moon, after Nick's lecture
- Fri, April 4 9:00 pm at Weaver, new moon
- Fri, April 18 9:00 pm at Weaver, full moon
Friday Night Lectures
We have 2 this semester already scheduled: a repeat of Music of the Spheres in February, and Nick Gladman is presenting one on March 14 at 7:30 pm.
- Chicago- one night, March 22 or March 28, price TBA
- UK- summer, no credit, email Dr. Fleisch if interested
- Pittsburg- overnight, email us if interested
- Tucson/Arizona/somewhere in the Southwest- are you guys interested?
Asteroid 2007 WD5 has a 4% chance of impacting Mars on Jan 30 at about 6:30am our time. This will be the first time scientists might be able to observe a plume of ejecta.
In case you haven't noticed, it's up and working. Any suggestions? See Dr. Fleisch.
See you at the next meeting: February 5 at 9:30pm in BDK 319.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We are scheduled to have observing tomorrow at 8:30 when a group of Boy Scouts visits the observatory, but depending on the weather it might or might not happen. Stay tuned to your inboxes.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Here's the recap from the meeting:
We started off by talking about the T-shirt voting (see previous post). Then we moved on to regular meeting stuff.
Thurs. Nov. 8 @ Dr. Lewis' leave from student center at 7:30pm
Thurs. Nov. 15 @ Weaver Observatory, Cub Scouts will be there 8:30
Mon. Nov. 19 @ Weaver Observatory 8-9:30pm
The trip to Booneshoft was not so impressive, but we are planning to go next semester and try to have more control over the show.
Chicago is booked this month. Email Dr. Fleisch if you want to go over winter break or early next semester or if you have suggestions.
The non-credit UK trip has about 8 of you interested. If anyone else is possibly interested email Dr. Fleisch right away.
The comet 17P Holmes is on its way out. You might be able to see it in the constellation Perseus (down from Cassiopeia). It is slightly fuzzy.
Thanks to Keith for presenting on Deep Space galaxies!
Next meeting we will be talking about Sky & Telescope pictures.
The Atrium Display will be put up over Christmas break.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 4th at 9:30pm.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Look at the options. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "astroclub tshirt vote". In the body of the email, include your name and the number of the shirt you are voting for.
Voting will run from Wednesday November 7 until Saturday November 10 at 5pm. Votes before or after this time will not be counted. Voting more than once means all your votes are thrown out.
And now the shirts (in the order the designs were submitted, if you were wondering):
The front sides for #1 & #2 will be the club's name.
#2- if this shirt is the winner, a version with clean lines will be provided.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The sky has come down with a severe case of cloud cover. Since side effects include total inability to see anything interesting, we'll reschedule our dark-sky trip for sometime after fall break.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
We had 3 news presentations.
1) Lunar Impact Monitoring -how often meteors collide with the moon
2) Dawn Mission Project - ion propulsion, photography of Vesta and Ceres
3) Double Helix Nebula (aka DNA nebula)
**a new club goal is for everyone to see a nebula**
Dayton Planetarium - Sat. Oct. 27th 1pm-4:30pm
Chicago - Nov 3-4th or Nov 10-11th
Cleaveland - next semester
U.K. - right after graduation, 10 days, $1700
see club website or other posts labelled observing
We are hoping that several people will learn about a few constellations each (which stars, the past mythology, maybe of several cultures) to share during observing activities. Let us know if you are interested.
Music of the Spheres:
presentation Oct. 19th at 7:30pm in Bayley Auditorium by Keith Ward
There will possibly be other times of presentation of this.
If you are interested in the Atrium Display, SETI, the Allen Telescope Array, email any of the officers.
Also, email T-shirt ideas to Erin at s09.ekapp@witt
Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 6th at 9:30pm. See you there!