Jan 5

LAS events for the rest of January

Here are the remaining events for the rest of January. 

January, Friday, 23, Public night at the UAC,

January Saturday, 24 Scout University at the small gym at Male High School, 10 AM till about 1 PM. 

 January Saturday, 24 Governing Board Meeting at 2 PM at the UAC. The meeting is open to all members in good standing. 

Dec 29

Below are the official LAS events for Jan-Feb 2015. Note there may be additions and deletions as required

Date                           Time                            Event

Jan, Friday 23          dusk                     Urban Astronomy Center, Public   Night

Jan, Saturday 24    10AM – 1PM        University of Scouting, Male  High                                                                                                                                                        small gym

Feb, Friday 13        8PM                       U of L Planetarium

Feb, Saturday 14    6:30-9PM             Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Feb, Friday 20        8PM LAS               General Meeting at the UAC

Feb, Saturday 23    dusk                      Curby Member Night

Feb, Friday 27        dusk                      Urban Astronomy Center, Public Night

Dec 28


Date                            Time                            Event

Jan, Friday 9               6:30PM           U of L Planetarium, Telescopes 101

Jan, Saturday 10         6-8:30PM        Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Jan, Saturday 17         dusk                Curby Member Night

Jan, Friday 23             dusk                Urban Astronomy Center, Public Night

LAS Star Parties are free.  Donations are welcome as we are an IRS approved Tax Exempt Organization under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization.

From the Planetariums website:

 January 9, 6:30 PM: Using Your Telescope

Members of the Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS) come to the planetarium each year around the holidays to share tips on buying and using a telescope at these FREE workshops. If you’re looking to purchase a telescope for a loved one, then be sure to join us Friday, November 14, 6:30 PM. Once the presents have been opened and you’re ready to learn how to use that wonderful new telescope, come to the planetarium on Friday, January 9, 6:30 PM with scope in hand.

Stick around after the workshops for our 8 PM LIVE Skies Over Louisville presentation to learn about the constellations you can see in the current night sky. You’ll get a free sky map and members of LAS will be in the courtyard afterward (weather permitting) so you can practice what you’ve learned.

Special admission for the November 14 and January 9 Skies Over Louisville: just $5/person (FREE to members).

Free parking is available first-come, first-served in the visitor lot next to the planetarium and the red lot by the School of Music. Click here for more information on parking as well as directions.


January 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

| Bernheim Members $10; Non-Members $12

Don Spain and other volunteer naturalists will be assisted by members of the Louisville Astronomical Society. Don’t miss the indoor orientation at the beginning of each program, as your guide will help set the stage for the best sky watching experiences.

Registration and payment due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. No pets please. The Night Hikes often fill up quickly, so don’t wait! Call (502) 955- 8512 for last minute changes due to weather. Star Stories & Sky Watch Nights happen rain or shine, but weather may necessitate an alternative indoor astronomy program.

Charge:  $12.00 for Non-Members and $10.00 for Members of Bernheim.

LAS Members bringing their scopes to the event may attend free otherwise normal Bernheim fees apply.


Dec 12


  December 2014 Starword (387.5 KiB, 148 hits)

The Last Starword for 2014 has just been posted.  Thanks everyone for a great year.

Editor, Starword

Mark Rockstroh


Sep 11

Galileo’s Starry Messenger

At yesterday’s meeting, Dr. Chris Graney donated a copy of his book to the LAS. It is titled Galileo’s Starry Messenger 1610-2010: An exhibit for the Louisville Free Public Library. It is on the bookshelf at the UAC.

Aug 15

Louisville Astronomical Society Library Book Listing


Amatuer Telescope Making:   1
General:   13
Observing:   24
Photography:   6
Physics:   11
Science:   25

  • Amatuer Telescope Making

  • General
    • Atlas of Mars: The 1:5,000,000 Map Series by Batson, Bridges, Inge ISBN:
    • Cambridge Astronomy Guide by William Liller,Ben Mayer ISBN:0521257786
    • Einstein: : The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark ISBN:038001159x
    • Einstein’s Universe by NIGEL CALDER ISBN:0517385708
    • Greenwich Observatory by D Howse ISBN:0850660955
    • Greenwich Observatory … the story of Britain’s oldest scientific institution, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and Herstmonceux, 1675-1975 by ISBN:0850660939
    • Horizons: Exploring the Universe 3rd Ed by Micheal A Seeds ISBN:0534097944
    • Introduction to Planetary Geology (Cambridge Planetary Science) by Billy P. Glass ISBN:0521235790
    • Mars and the mind of man by ISBN:0060104430
    • SKYLAB Explores the Earth by NASA ISBN:
    • The inner planets: New light on the rocky worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, and the asteroids by Clark R Chapman ISBN:0684148986
    • Universe: An Illus Intro by William J. Kaufmann ISBN:0716716739
    • Using displayWrite by Deborah Beacham ISBN:0880221275

  • Observing
    • A Workbook for Astronomy by Gerald David Waxman ISBN:0521253128
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by John Benson Sidgwick ISBN:0894900498
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by John Benson Sidgwick ISBN:0894900498
    • Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook by J.B. Sidgwick,R.C. Gamble ISBN:0571047483
    • Astinomy Made Simple (Made Simple Books (Doubleday)) by MEIR H. DEGANI ISBN:038508854x
    • Astronomical Calendar 1987 by Guy Ottewell ISBN:0934546169
    • Atlas of the Heavens-II Catalogue 1950.0 by Antonin Becvar ISBN:
    • Cambridge Deep-Sky Albm by Jack Newton,Philip Teece ISBN:0521256682
    • Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes by Thomas W. Webb ISBN:0486209172
    • Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes by Thomas Webb,Margret Matall ISBN:0486209180
    • Comet!: The Story Behind Halley’s Comet by Greg Walz-Chojnacki ISBN:0918831512
    • G/Wich Observ. Vol 2 Wss Bnd by Meadows. ISBN:0850660947
    • Introduction to Practical Astronomy, with a Collection of Astronomical Tables by Elias Loomis, LL.D ISBN:
    • New Horizons in Amateur Astronomy by Grant Fjermedal ISBN:0399514864
    • Norton’s Star Atlas and Telescopic Handbook by Arthur P Norton, J Gall Inglis ISBN:
    • Observing Variable Stars : A Guide for the Beginner by Janet A. Mattei,David H. Levy ISBN:0521321131
    • Planet Saturn by A.F.O’D. Alexander ISBN:0486239276
    • Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment by Harold Richard Suiter ISBN:0943396441
    • Telescopes for skygazing by Henry E Paul ISBN:0817424083
    • The Amateur Astronomer’s Catalog of 500 Deep-Sky Objects by Ronald J Morales ISBN:0894040766
    • The Guide to Amateur Astronomy by Jack Newton,Philip Teece ISBN:0521340284
    • The Questar Moon by Questar ISBN:
    • Through the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer (Discovering Earth Science) by Michael R. Porcellino ISBN:0830631593
    • Whitney’s Star finder: A field guide to the heavens by Charles Allen Whitney ISBN:0394749537

  • Photography
    • Asto Filters For Observation and Astrophotography 2nd Ed. by Raymond Francis Barbera (et Al) ISBN:
    • Hidden Sun: Solar Eclipses and Astrophotography by James Lowenthal ISBN:0380869594
    • Kodak Films: Color and Black-And-White. (Kodak publication ; no. Af-1) by Eastman Kodak Company. ISBN:0879851619
    • Kodak Plates and Films for Science and Industry by Kodak ISBN:
    • Outer space photography for the amateur by Henry E Paul ISBN:0817424075
    • Skyshooting: Photography for Amateur Astronomers by Robert Newton Mayall ISBN:0486218546

  • Physics
    • Astrophysical Concepts by Martin Harwit ISBN:0471358207
    • Astrophysics Today (Readings from Physics Today, No. 1) by A. G. W. Cameron ISBN:088318446x
    • Cosmology + 1: Readings from Scientific American by ISBN:0716700115
    • Eternal Universe by Harold W.G. Allen ISBN:0962455512
    • New horizons in astronomy by John C Brandt ISBN:0716710439
    • New horizons in astronomy (A Series of books in astronomy and astrophysics) by John C Brandt ISBN:0716703386
    • Physics and the Physical Universe by Jerry B. Marion ISBN:0471569194
    • Realm of the universe (Saunders golden sunburst series) by George O Abell ISBN:0030051398
    • Riddles of the stars: White dwarfs, red giants, and black holes by Robert Kraske ISBN:0152669078
    • The Physics of everyday phenomena: Readings from Scientific American by ISBN:0716711265
    • The Universe of Galaxies by Paul Hodge ISBN:0716716763

  • Science
    • A study guide to accompany the Dynamic universe: An introduction to astronomy by C. D Garmany ISBN:0314711309
    • A study guide to accompany the Dynamic universe: An introduction to astronomy by C. D Garmany ISBN:0314711309
    • Astronomy, the cosmic perspective by Michael Zeilik ISBN:0060473878
    • Astronomy: A Journey into Science by Karl F. Kuhn ISBN:0314470093
    • Astronomy: Journey into Science by Karl F. Kuhn ISBN:0314524878
    • Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey by William K. Hartmann ISBN:0534005462
    • Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey by William K Hartman ISBN:0534095798
    • Astronomy: The Evolving Universe 3rd Ed by Michael Zeilik ISBN:0060473762
    • Discovering Astronomy/Paperback Book With Instrument Package by William Jefferys,Ralph Robert Robbins ISBN:0471832111
    • Exploration of the Universe (3rd ed.) by George O. Abell ISBN:
    • Exploring the cosmos by Louis Berman ISBN:0316091960
    • Exploring the Universe by W.M. Protheroe,E.R. Capriotti,G.H. Newsom ISBN:067520898x
    • Exploring the universe by W. M Protheroe ISBN:0675081548
    • Exploring the universe by W. M Protheroe ISBN:0675083133
    • Exploring the Universe 4th Ed Instructors Manual by Protheroe, Capriotti, Newsom ISBN:067520898m
    • Foundations of Astronomy by Michael A. Seeds ISBN:053408544x
    • Seeing in the Dark : How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril by Timothy Ferris ISBN:0684865793
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy by Theodore P. Snow ISBN:0314696814
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy (Instructor’s Manual) by Stephen J. Shawl ISBN:0314711295
    • The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy (Instructor’s Manual) by ISBN:0314711295
    • The New Astronomy by Editors of Scientific American ISBN:
    • The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the Universe by Timothy Ferris ISBN:068801836x
    • The Universe by ISBN:
    • Universe: An Evolutionary Approach to Astronomy by Eric Chaisson ISBN:0139383913
    • University astronomy (Saunders golden sunburst series) by Jay M Pasachoff ISBN:0721670997

Aug 11

LAS Photo Gallery Restored!

After the crash of the old server housing the LAS Photo Gallery, I have it restored to the server here. The direct link to it is: http://louisville-astro.org/gallery. A random photo from the gallery is displayed in the left column. If you click on it, it will display the gallery within the web site.  If you click on the link in the “Links” section, it will take you to the stand-alone gallery page.

In the process I migrated it to the latest version of Gallery.  Some of the pictures were missing, probably due to some corruption on the failing hard drive on the old server.  The people with missing photos are Bob Hart, Greg Miller, Kevin Clark, and Don Spain. Check your albums and restore anything that’s missing.

The usernames and passwords should be the same in the new gallery.  I’m still working on linking the web site usernames and passwords with those on the gallery. Leave a comment here about any problems you find.

Apr 24

On being an amateur astronomer

Once again, something happened that made me realize why I am an amateur astronomer. Last night, I was tired. It had been a chaotic day at work as I tried to make a living selling storage sheds. I had closed up the store and headed for the Urban Astronomy Center, that gateway to the stars tucked into the back of Tom Sawyer State Park.

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Feb 27

Astronomy Merit Badge Program for Cub and Boy Scouts

If you know of a cub or boy scout troop, pass this on to their leader. Space will be filling up soon for this year’s scout outings. Dates are still available at the UAC and at Curby, weather permitting.

Check the Scout Program link in the “Pages” section for more info on the LAS Scout Merit Badge Program

Feb 16

StarDate Online – Black Hole Encyclopedia

I have added a link in the “Astronomy News” section to StarDate Online.  StarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory.  In addition to their website, StarDate also airs a daily  radio program and publishes a magazine dedicated to skywatching and astronomy information.

An interesting resource on their website is their Black Hole Encyclopedia.  It has been compiled by StarDate in partnership with The University of Texas’ Karl Gebhardt, one of the leading black hole researchers in the world.  It is a unique website that offers all of the latest news on black holes, as well as radio programs, feature articles, student activities and FAQ’s.  The glossary of terms and additional book and website suggestions can also serve as helpful tools for anyone looking for more information on black holes or just astronomy lovers in general.

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