Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain by providing a varied and interesting program of activities for our membership and the communities we serve. Our projects include educational programs and presentations by guest speakers and our members, public star parties, field observation of various astronomical events and trips to observatories and other space science venues. If you are as interested in Astronomy as we are, we hope you will join us at one of our star parties, meetings, or lectures. If you would like to become a member please click HERE.
One of the joys of Amateur Astronomy is the sense of wonder one can feel from exploring and understanding the nature that surrounds us. On Christmas day, while we were driving east on I-85, my wife and my mother-in-law noticed that the moon appeared red in color and much larger than normal as it passed the horizon. Then, as we continued, the moon seemed to return to its normal color and size as it rose into the sky. What was going on?
50 years ago last Christmas, Apollo 8 flew humans around the far side of the moon for the first time. This year, on Jan 2, China landed a probe on the far side of the moon. And, on Jan 20-21, we will witness a Total Lunar Eclipse!
In honor of these events (and at Debbie’s request), I am devoting this month’s newsletter to the Earth’s moon…. More...