Feb 8
2016

Event Calendar for 2016

 2016 Astronomy Schedule

The following is a list of events for 2016.  Please note:  The events may be weather dependent.  Cancellations will be posted as soon as possible.  Please check our site http://www.louisville-astro.org for additions, deletions and cancellations.  This is our official calendar.  Please note:  Public Programs at Curby and UAC start at 8:00 p.m. unless posted otherwise.
UAC = Urban Astronomy Center located in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
Curby = James G. Baker Center for Astronomy located near Curby, IN

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Saturday, January 30, Scout University at Male High School, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Saturday, February 6, Member Only Night at Curby

Friday, February 12, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Friday, February 19, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting will be held on the University of Louisville Campus in the Planetarium Classroom. 

Friday, February 19, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting: Topic:Ham Radio tower and station at Curby.  The Meeting is being held at Strickler Hall located on the University of Louisville Campus next to the Planetarium.  This is where we used to meet several years ago.  Thanks. 

Saturday, February 20, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, March 5, Member Night at Curby

Friday, March 11, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, March 12, 7:30PM LAS at Bernheim for Sky Watch and Star Stories

Saturday, March 12, Public Night at Curby

Friday, March 18, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting at the UAC

Friday, March 18, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting at the UAC with Topic to be determined.

Saturday, March 19, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, April 2, Member Night at Curby

Friday, April 8, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, April 9, Public Night at Curby

Saturday, April 9, Program at Jefferson Memorial Forest with Lady of Steel, Details Later.

Friday, April 15, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting UAC

Friday, April 15, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting Topic to be posted.

Saturday, April, 16, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, April, 23,  Scouts at the UAC, about 30

Friday, May 6, Mile of Telescopes along Bardstown Road.

Saturday, May 7, Member Night at Curby

Friday, May 13, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Friday, May 6, Last Day to Submit Nominations for Board Of Directors Election ???

Saturday, May 14, Public Night at Curby

Friday, May 20, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting UAC

Friday, May 20, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting and Annual Board of Directors Election at the UAC.

Saturday, May 21, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, June 4, Member Night at Curby

Friday, June 10, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, June 11 7:00PM LAS at Bernheim for Welcome Summer Camping Night, Earth Measure

Saturday, June 11, Public Night at Curby

Friday, June 17, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting at UAC

Friday, June 17, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting at UAC

Saturday, June 18, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, July 2, Member Night at Curby

Friday, July 8, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, July 9, Public Night at Curby 

Saturday, July 9, 8:30PM  Planet Watch at Blackacre Nature Conservancy

Saturday, July 16, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Friday, August 12, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville 

Friday, August 12, 9:00PM  Planet Watch at Blackacre Nature Conservancy

Saturday, August 13, 9:00PM LAS at Bernheim Planet Watch and Star Stories

Saturday, August 13, Public Night at Curby

Saturday, August 20, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, August 27, CONNECT event at Bernheim, 6 – 11 PM

Saturday, August 27, Member Night at Curby

Saturday, September 3, Member Night at Curby

Friday, September 9, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, September 10, Public Night at Curby

Friday, September 16, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting at the UAC

Friday, September 16, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting at the UAC (Topic to be posted)

Saturday, September 17, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, October 1, Member Night at Curby

Saturday, October 8, Public Night at Curby

Saturday, October 8, Norton’s Common, provisional

Friday, October 14, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, October 15, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Friday, October 21, 6:30PM LAS Board Meeting at UAC

Friday, October 21, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting at the UAC Topic to be posted

Friday, November 11, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, November 12, Public Night at Curby

Saturday, November 19, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, November 26, Member Night at Curby

Saturday, December 3, Member Night at Curby

Friday, December 9, 8:00PM LAS at the Planetarium for Monthly Skies over Louisville

Saturday, December 10, UAC Public Night, Tom Sawyer State Park

Saturday, December 17, 6:00PM LAS at Bernheim Sky Watch and Star Stories

 

Feb 7
2016

LAS PHOTO GALLERY HAS MOVED

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139822505@N05/albums

This link will take you to a Flickr page called “louisvilleastronomical” there you find every photo that was formerly on the Members and Club Photo Gallery that was part of the LAS website.  As many of you know, this part of the website has been off-line for sometime while our webmaster searched for a better web application to allow all of the gallery users to log-in and manage their photos.  The Board recently voted to remove the Photo Gallery option from the website due to administrative issues and costs.  The Board approved Drew Foster’s offer to download the Photo Gallery and to create a TEMPORARY Flickr account so members may retrieve their photos.  Please let Drew know once you have reviewed the files and have downloaded those you have posted.

The current plan is for members to download anything they own prior to the account will being deactivated by April 1, 2017.  The Board may vote for an earlier removal and closure.

If you have any questions, please come to the General Meeting being held on Friday, February 19th at Strickler Hall which is located on the University of Louisville Campus near the Planetarium.  Questions on the Flickr Albums may be sent to Drew at louisvilleastronomical@yahoo.com or at Historian@louisville-astro.org.    Please take a look around and have fun, there are a lot of great pictures to view. Drew LAS Historian

Update/MFR/Chairman/Starword Editor

Thanks in advance for your continued support and membership within the LAS.

Event

LAS MEMBERS ONLY MONTHLY NIGHT AT CURBY

February 6, 2016
6:00 pmto11:00 pm
March 5, 2016
6:00 pmto11:00 pm
April 2, 2016 6:00 pmtoApril 3, 2016 11:00 pm
May 7, 2016
6:00 pmto11:00 pm
June 4, 2016 6:00 pmtoJune 5, 2016 11:00 pm
July 2, 2016 6:00 pmtoJuly 3, 2016 11:00 pm
August 27, 2016 6:00 pmtoAugust 28, 2016 11:00 pm
September 3, 2016 6:00 pmtoSeptember 4, 2016 11:00 pm
October 1, 2016 6:00 pmtoOctober 3, 2016 11:00 pm
November 26, 2016
6:00 pmto11:00 pm
December 3, 2016
6:00 pmto11:00 pm

Each month the LAS sets aside one Saturday Night that is scheduled to be a Members’ Only Night.  This event is scheduled for our Dark Site located in Curby, Indiana at the James G Baker Center for Astronomy (Curby). One must be a member of the LAS to attend or an invited guest of a member.  If you are not a member of the LAS, and you wish to join, you may sign up using the link on our website.   For those interested in Astronomy and are unsure, please visit us at our next Public Star Party.  Star Parties are held each month at our site located in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park (UAC) and March thru December at Curby.    Thank you for your cooperation.  Questions may be sent to:  editor@louisville-astro.org or president@louisville-astro.org.

 

 

Event

LAS PUBLIC STAR PARTY AT THE URBAN ASTRONOMY CENTER

February 20, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
March 19, 2016
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
April 16, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
May 21, 2016
8:00 pm
June 18, 2016
8:00 pmto11:30 pm
July 16, 2016
12:00 amto11:45 pm
August 20, 2016
8:00 pmto11:45 pm
September 17, 2016
12:00 amto11:45 pm
October 15, 2016
8:00 pmto11:30 pm
November 19, 2016
8:00 pmto10:30 pm
December 10, 2016
8:00 pmto10:30 pm

The Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS) welcomes anyone interested in astronomy to visit us at the award winning Urban Astronomy Center (UAC) located in E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park for our monthly Star Party.  The UAC is located in the old root cellar.  From Westport Road, take Freys Hill Road (turn toward the Thortons and the Canes) and follow it around to the second entrance to the Park.  Turn right into the Park and go to the end of the road.  The LAS is located in the long white building and we normally turn on a red light outside our door.  We are the third door.  If the weather cooperates you may park in the grass under the trees.  If not, please park behind the building or over by the Archery Range and walk over.

Our indoor program begins at 8:00 p.m.  Members should arrive early for set-up.  If the ground is wet or snowy, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt.  Scope set-up is weather dependent.  Our scopes are unable to penetrate the clouds and heavy moisture such as rain drops are bad for the electronics.

The following map of the Park shows the approximate site of the LAS building.   

  EPTomFacility.pdf (605.9 KiB, 895 hits)
EP Tom Sawyer State Park Map

The LAS welcomes one and all at our Star Parties.  If you have a scope and are having trouble figuring out how to use it, our would like to share your knowledge with others, please feel free to come out to our Star Party.  If you have questions, you may e-mail any of the Officers.

The LAS is an IRC §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donations of any size are welcome.

May your scope be available when the skies are clear enough to enjoy.  Here in the Ohio Valley that may be a problem.  Hope to see you there.  Editor.

 

Jan 27
2016

STARWORD

  Jan-Feb-2016-Starword.pdf (794.6 KiB, 73 hits)

The January/February 2016 Starword is ready. 

  jan-Feb-2015-Starword.pdf (325.9 KiB, 550 hits)
Starword for January/February 2015.

  March-April-2015-Starword.pdf (287.3 KiB, 533 hits)

  May-June-2015 Starword.pdf (293.9 KiB, 415 hits)
May June 2015 Starword.

  July-August-2015-Starword.pdf (311.2 KiB, 378 hits)

  Sept-Oct-2015 Starword (224.0 KiB, 310 hits)

  November-December-2015-Starword.pdf (424.2 KiB, 130 hits)

The 2015 Starwords

Anyone interested in submitting an article, comments or error corrections should send them to:  editor@louisville-astro.org.  If you do not hear back within a reasonable time acknowledging the submission, please e-mail me directly at markrockstroh@twc.com

Thanks to all who take the time to submit the articles, comments, pictures, comments etc. that are used in Starword.  A big thank you to all who take the time to download, read and share Starword.  Remember, it is the newsletter for the LAS Membership.  Time has flown since I became Editor upon my election to the Board in May 2009.

Mark Rockstroh, Editor: Starword, the Louisville Astronomical Society Newsletter.

 

Event

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 GENERAL MEETING 8:00 p.m. at Strickler Hall on the University of Louisville Campus

February 19, 2016
8:00 pmto10:15 pm

The February 19th General Meeting will be held at 8:00 p.m. at Strickler Hall located on the University of Louisville Campus next to the Planetarium.  Our speakers for the evening will be LAS Members Mark Steven Williams and Drew Foster.  Their Topic:  Amateur Radio (Ham) Station at the James G Baker Center for Astronomy (Curby).  Please join us with an open mind, your questions and your comments.  Remember, even the International Space Station has a ham radio.  Several members are hams including yours truly. (Editor Mark Rockstroh KK4CTU).  Along with astronomy merit badges scouts have a radio badge.  As the purpose of the LAS is to “develop and promote an interest in astronomy among the people of the greater Louisville area” amateur radio is included within the field of astronomy.  Think of the Radio Jove Project; the Stanford Solar Center Space Weather Monitor program; the NASA CubeSat program etc.

Please attend for an update on the Boards progress in updating our website and on our recent decision to remove the photo gallery option and storage from our website.

So again, Member, please come and join us for a discussion on the merits of placing a ham radio station out at Curby.  The Board would like your input.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at: editor@louisville-astro.org.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Mark Rockstroh, Editor Starword since May 2009
2015-2016 Chairman of the Board
Louisville Astronomical Society

Event

LAS/BERNHEIM Star Stories & Sky Watch Night

November 14, 2015
6:00 pmto8:30 pm
December 12, 2015 6:00 pmtoDecember 13, 2015 12:00 am

Star Stories & Sky Watch Night

Where:  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

When: Saturday November 14, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m.

When: Saturday December 12, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at Midnight.

During the fall, the stars shine bright against the night canvas and the natural world is wide awake. This program provides ample opportunities to marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets and be awed by the vastness of space while discovering tales and lore of the night.

This event is a hosted by both Bernheim and the LAS. LAS Members that volunteer and bring scopes attend free. Bernheim Members are $10.00 and Non-Members are $12.00. Please note: No pets allowed.

Please register early to ensure your space in this popular program. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955- 8512 for last minute updates and changes due to weather.  Star Stories and Sky Watch Nights occur rain or shine, but weather may necessitate an alternative indoor astronomy program.

Event

LAS MEMBER ONLY NIGHT AT THE JAMES G BAKER CENTER (CURBY, IN)

November 14, 2015
4:00 pmto11:00 pm
December 12, 2015
4:00 pmto11:00 pm

The scheduled Member Only nights scheduled for the LAS Dark Site located  Curby, Indiana, at the James G Baker Center for Astronomy is posted monthly for members.  This one night is set aside for our members.  Please see our calendar for our posted public events and where we will be each month.

Once a month, weather permitting, LAS hosts a public Star Party at the James G Baker Center for Astronomy and at the Urban Astronomy Center.  Please visit us at one of these events.  LAS Members set up on an Ad-Hoc Basis at the Big 4 Bridge when the weather is nice and when they can.  These events are not regularly scheduled but can be found by checking our Facebook Page.    We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you.  The Urban Astronomy Center (UAC) is located in E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, Louisville, KY.

All events are weather dependent as our scopes cannot see through the clouds and rain does wonders to the mirrors, lenses and electronics.  May your skies be clear.

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

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

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