Jul 3
2014

LAS Events through the remainder of 2014

Below are the events for the remainder of 2014.

Tuesday, November 18. Our participation at the Boston School tonight is a go. We will not be doing any outdoor observation as the forecast temperature at 6 PM of 18 and winds of 10 mph. We will do the indoor program. The portable planetarium from U of L will be there also. Myself, Ed and John will be there which should be enough. If anyone else wishes to come out you are always welcome. 


Thursday, November 20. Hubble Rumble in the Hood

Lilly’s Bistro, 1147 Bardstown Road, 502-451-0447

Forks and knives—instead of leather jackets and chains—will be the accessories of choice at this event that celebrates the legacy and birthday of Edwin Hubblwhile raising funds for a science program at Bloom Elementary School. The famed astronomer lived on Everett Street in the Cherokee Triangle area, taught at New Albany high school from 1913-14 and is the namesake for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Rumble in the Hood is a collaboration between Lilly’s Bistro and the University of Louisville’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium where a percentage of all lunch and dinner sales at Lilly’s go toward bringing the Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium to Bloom Elementary. 

Diners will delight in (g)astronomical choices that include Lilly’s Crescent Moon Carmelized Onion Tart, Hanger Steak with Jedi Sauce and Death Star Gnocchi as well as fabulously fun selections from the bar such as Cosmic Cosmo, The Black Hole and Hubble’s Bubbles. 

Lunch will be served 11 am – 3 pm and dinner will be served 5 pm – 10 pm.Call Lilly’s Bistro for reservations for this out-of-this-world event: 502-451-0447. Ken Alderson is a Table Captain at this star-filled event and wants to invite any LAS members to dine at my table or to put together their own table. There is a price-fixed special price of $45.00 for dinner or you can choose off of the menu. Lunch is price-fixed at $17.00 or you can choose off of the menu. 

The LAS has also been asked to do sidewalk astronomy in front of the restaurant during the evening session starting at 7:00 PM. Let me know who can  volunteer for this opportunity to share the night sky and give out info on the society.

Saturday November, 22. Curby member night, new moon

Friday December, 12, University of Louisville Planetarium. If clear we will set up scopes in the court yard after the planetarium program which ends a little before 9 PM.

Saturday December, 13. Sky Watch and Stories in the Stars and the Geminid Meteor shower observation. Program is from 6 til midnight if clear. Would like a few scopes.

Thursday December, 18. LAS Christmas Dinner at the Sawyer-Hayes Community Center E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park 2201 Lakeland Drive (around the corner from the Urban Astronomy Center) Time is from 7 – 10 PM. Cost is $20 per person.

Friday December, 19. Public Night at the Urban Astronomy Center at Tom Sawyer Park. Begins at dusk, scopes needed.

Saturday December, 20. Curby member night, no moon

Sep 11
2010

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
2010

Louisville Astronomical Society Library Book Listing


Contents:

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
2010

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
2010

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
2010

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
2010

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.

Feb 6
2010

Exoplanet Transits

Karen Collins was the speaker at our February meeting, and described her research to locate and characterize exoplanets.  She also described how amateur astronomers can contribute to the science using photometric methods.  You can download her presentation:

Exoplanet Transits

Aug 23
2009

Second Light

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We had a very successful Second Light ceremony for the Eric Harkins family and a remembrance of recently passed LAS members. When I wake up more, I will send out more pictures. Here is what I wrote for Eric. It was read at a ceremony in the multi-purpose building preceded by a slide show of Eric’s life beautifully done by Don Spain. We then had a moment of silence for our deceased LAS members. And, unbelievably, Jupiter popped out of the clouds and stayed visible long enough for everyone to see its splendor through his 15″ Discovery dob. Thus, Second Light for the scope he loved and the people he loved.. Thanks. Eric!

Ken Alderson

LAS President

It has been one year since Eric passed, so we gather here tonight

To remember a gift he gave us all as we see the Second Light.

They say you can see the soul of a man by looking in his eyes

Eric had an old soul, one that was warm and wise

As though his ancestors dwelt within to give advice so sage

That his soul could go on gracing us as it lives from age to age.

But his quiet smile was his gift to all and if you passed his way

He would give it to you freely to brighten up your day.

Beguiling, quietly giving his smile to everyone he met

So they, in turn, could pass it on to humankind and yet

He would want us all to smile as we gather here tonight

To look at the stars that he so loved as we view the Second Light.

So, drink them in, feast on the heavens, the final gift he gives

Remember this man with the quiet smile for when you do, he lives!

It has been one year since Eric passed, so we gather here tonight

To remember a gift he gave us all as we see the Second Light.

They say you can see the soul of a man by looking in his eyes

Eric had an old soul, one that was warm and wise

As though his ancestors dwelt within to give advice so sage

That his soul could go on gracing us as it lives from age to age.

But his quiet smile was his gift to all and if you passed his way

He would give it to you freely to brighten up your day.

Beguiling, quietly giving his smile to everyone he met

So they, in turn, could pass it on to humankind and yet

He would want us all to smile as we gather here tonight

To look at the stars that he so loved as we view the Second Light.

So, drink them in, feast on the heavens, the final gift he gives

Remember this man with the quiet smile for when you do, he lives!

Jun 21
2009

Long Term Planning Committee Final Report

On Wednesday, June 17th, the current Long Tern Planning Committee had its last meeting – for now. First of all, I want to thank all of the LAS members who showed up for the meetings: Ken Alderson, Ed Heiny, Jeff Justice, Bo Lowrey, Greg Miller, Pat Peak and Don Spain. The task listing is presented here for everyone to see where the LAS is planning to go in the coming years. It is also open to comments and any suggestions or comments. Notice that the first 23 items have a cost attached to them. Other items farther down the line have a cost that is “To Be Determined” and others are $0. As with planning of this nature in the past, anyone who wishes to take “ownership”(i.e.,donate the cost of or part of the cost of the item)are welcome to do so. Ken will be more than happy to write your name in for the donation. as you read through this, keep in mind that this is a planning document and includes the information available to us at the time of the meetings. Any and all of this could change by next week! This is rather lengthy so grab a drink, put your feet up and read on.

Thank You!

John Turack


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