May 19

Events this Friday and Saturday

LAS events this weekend 

Friday, 22nd. Public night at the UAC. scope setup at dusk or before.

Saturday, 23rd. Planet Watch at Bernheim Forest. Program is from 10 til midnight. Scope set up about 9 or earlier. I will be at the gate around sunset to check people in. LAS members are free, bring your scope and/or knowledge of the skies.

Also on the 23rd – Our baby Curby is now a teenager. Its hard to believe but the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy in Curby, Indiana is celebrating a birthday! It is FIFTEEN YEARS OLD this year.


Come to Public Night Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Curby property and help us welcome the public to a celebration of fifteen years of service to Crawford County by our LAS volunteers.


Scope setup will be at 7:OO PM. The grill will be fired up at 6:00 PM if you want to bring burgers, weiners and sides. Desserts are always appreciated.


The following press release was sent to the Clarion newspaper and will be published Thursday, May 21 just before the event. And, yes, I ran this past John who gave me his quotes and insight.. He will decide if this will be a full blown picnic.


A scout troop will be camping in the back field and will help us with parking and logistics.

Let us know who can attend.



Thanks to all LAS Members who stopped by the Urban Astronomy Center at 8:00 p.m. to vote for the Board of Directors.  Thanks also to all those who submitted their ballots by e-mail and by mail.  At the last minute there was a minor change in the ballot.  Mike Sellers, who originally was running as a Member-At-Large elected to change to the Librarian position.

Join me in congratulating the old Board and help welcome in the new Board.  The new Louisville Astronomical Society Board of Directors are:

President: John Turack

Vice President: Chris Allred

Secretary: Karin Harle

Treasurer: Jeff McCaffrey

Sidewalk Astronomy Chairman: Don Spain

Lunar and Planetary Chairman: Richard Stearman

Starword Editor: Mark Rockstroh

Historian:  Drew Foster 

Librarian:  Mike Sellers


Bo Lowrey

Stephen Swinney

Warren Philpot


Apr 21

March-April 2015 Starword and Request for Updated Information.

  jan-Feb-2015-Starword.pdf (325.9 KiB, 182 hits)
Starword for January/February 2015.

  March-April-2015-Starword.pdf (287.3 KiB, 168 hits)

Attached are the January/February 2015  and March/April 2015 Starword.  Page 2 and 3 list our upcoming events.

If you have not recently updated your your information, or if you need to Join or Renew your membership, attached is a form which may be used.  If you use the Paypal link, please complete the form and send a copy to and to Secretary@Louisville-Astro.Org.

  Membership Update form (16.5 KiB, 59 hits)
Form members may use to join, renew or just update their data.

Members have requested a Membership Listing/Address Book be made available.  The list will be limited to members only and once our records are updated and verified will be available by contacting the LAS Secretary at Secretary@Louisville-Astro.Org.

The Forms may be printed and mailed to the address with any checks if joining or renewing or may be brought to any LAS Function and provided to any Board Member present.  Remember, the LAS General Meeting on May 15, 2015 is election time for the new Board.  Any member in good standing may run for office.  If you would care to run, please contact me or the LAS Secretary with your interest prior to May 01, 2015 so we may add your name to the Ballot.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  Clear Skies (one day soon I hope).  MFR, Editor, Starword.

Mar 29


  Proposed LAS By Laws 2015.pdf (55.5 KiB, 157 hits)
Proposed changes to the LAS By-Laws.

The LAS Board held a meeting on January 24, 2015 to discuss changes to the LAS By-Laws.  The last time they were formally changed was in 1996.  There have been several changes with additions and subtractions.  Please take time to review the proposed By-Laws and let the Board know of any suggestions, concerns or ideas.  The next Board Meeting will also be the Election for the Board of Directors on May 15th, 2015.  If there are no comments prior to the Board Meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 15th, the Board plans to vote and formally adopt the by-laws as presented in the January/February 2015 Starword and the March/April 2015 Starword.  Comments may be sent to any of the Board Members listed on our website.  Or you may send them to me at or

Mark F Rockstroh, Editor

Current By-Laws  

  Bylaws (39.1 KiB, 1,085 hits)

Feb 6

Event Calendar for 2015

Following is the provisional of events for the Louisville Astronomical Society for 2015. Note that there will be additions, deletions, and cancellations as the year progresses. I will normally notify the society as soon as practicable when there is a change. This calendar is posted on our web site as the official calendar.

2015 Astronomy Schedule, All Events.

May Friday 22       dusk              Urban Astronomy Center, Public Night

May Saturday 23  10-midnight      Planet Watch at Bernheim

May Saturday 23  dusk                 Curby Public Planet Night Watch

Jun Saturday 6     9:30-Midnight      Stars over Blackacre

Jun Friday 12       8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Jun Saturday 13   9:30-Midnight      Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Jun Friday 19       8PM                  LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Jun Saturday 20   dusk                 Curby Member Night

Jun Saturday 20   dusk                  Welcome Summer Night at Earth Measure

Jun Friday, 26      dusk                  Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Jun Saturday 27  10-midnight         Planet Watch at Blackacre

Jun Saturday 27  dusk                     Curby Public Night

Jul Friday 10       8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Jul Saturday 11   9:30-Midnight         Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Storie s

Jul Saturday 11   dusk                     Curby public Night

Jul Saturday 18   dusk                     Curby Member Night

Jul Friday 24       dusk                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Aug Saturday 8   9-11:30PM             Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Aug Saturday 8   dusk                     Curby Public Night

Aug Friday 14     8PM                      U of L Planetarium

Aug Saturday 15  dusk                    Curby Member Night

Aug Friday 21      dusk                      Astronomy Center Public Night

Aug Saturday 22  6-11PM                 CONNECT event at Bernheim

Sep Saturday 5      8:30-Midnight     Stars over Blackacre

Sep Friday 11        8PM                 U of Planetarium

Sep Saturday 12    8-10:30PM      Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Sep Saturday 12    dusk                 Curby Member Night

Sep Friday 18        8PM                  LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Sep Saturday 19    dusk                 Welcome Fall at Earth Measure

Sep Saturday 19    dusk                 Curby Public Night

Sep Friday 25        dusk                 Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Sep Sunday 27      evening             TBD Total Lunar Eclipse

Oct Friday 9          8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Oct Saturday 10    7:30-10PM          Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Oct Saturday 10    dusk                     Curby Member Night

Oct Friday 16        8PM                     LAS General Meeting at the UAC

Oct Saturday 17    dusk                  Curby Public Night

    Oct Staurday 17    dusk                       Stars over Charlestown, IN

Oct Friday 23        dusk                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

Nov Saturday 7      dusk                     Curby Public Night

Nov Friday 13        8PM                     U of L Planetarium

Nov Saturday 14     6-8:30PM              Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories

Nov Saturday 14    dusk                     Curby Member Night

Nov Friday 20        8PM                     Urban Astronomy Center Public Night.

Dec Friday 11        8PM                     Bernheim Sky Watch & Star Stories and Geminids

Dec Saturday 12    dus                     Curby Member Night

Dec Friday 18        dusk                  Urban Astronomy Center Public Night

LAS Christams Dinner……TBD


Dec 12


  December 2014 Starword (387.5 KiB, 344 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: 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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