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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CANCELED CANCELED   Friday – Westport Middle School, 8100 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY 40242. This is Astronomy night at their school, 8 pm to ? Scopes needed. CANCELED CANCELED

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 13, Mars Opposition viewing at Turkey Run, The Parklands.

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

Saturday, May 14, Public Night at Curby

Sunday, May 15, Astronomy Day at the U of L Planetarium, solar observing at 2 PM

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

Friday, May 20, 8:00PM LAS General Meeting and Annual Board of Directors Election at the UAC.  Guest Speaker following the election will be Bo Lowrey on “Radio Astronomy”. 

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

May 27, Friday – Oldham County Family YMCA 20 Quality Place, (off Highway 146), Buckner, KY scopes needed, setup about 8 pm

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, Patoka Lake star party 

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 PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE JAMES G BAKER CENTER FOR ASTRONOMY (CURBY)

May 14, 2016
8:00 pmto10:30 pm
June 11, 2016
8:00 pmto11:31 pm
July 9, 2016
8:00 pmto11:30 pm
August 13, 2016
12:00 amto11:50 pm
September 10, 2016
8:00 pmto11:38 pm
October 8, 2016
12:00 amto11:26 pm
November 12, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Join us for our monthly Star Party at our dark site located in Curby, Indiana at the James G. Baker Center for Astronomy.  The indoor program starts at 8:00 p.m. The program is designed to introduce our visitors to the Louisville Astronomical Society and what is up in the night sky.  Two of the programs we use are freely available for download.  They are:  Stellarium and Virtual Moon Atlas.  Members and visitors are invited to set-up scopes in our field between our multipurpose educational building and our roll-on/roll-off roof observatory.  Please park to the “farm” side of the gravel road to unload your scopes and equipment and if possible move and park on the entrance side of the multipurpose building or park along the farm side of the gravel road.  Be warned, the grassy areas may be soft.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

Event

2nd FRIDAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE RAUCH PLANETARIUM

March 11, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
April 8, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
May 13, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
June 10, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
July 8, 2016
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
August 12, 2016
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
September 9, 2016
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
October 14, 2016
8:00 pmto11:00 pm
November 11, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
December 9, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

On the Second Friday of every month, the University of Louisville Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium host “SKIES OVER LOUISVILLE: SEASONAL EDITIONS“.  After the show, the Louisville Astronomical Society will set up scopes in the Courtyard to help you apply what you just learned.  Scope set-up is weather permitting.

Skies Over Louisville: Seasonal Editions

What does the sky look like tonight? Where can I find the planets? When is the best time to see the International Space Station? “Skies over Louisville” is designed to help answer these questions and many more. The program features an in-depth tour of the night sky including stars, constellations, and planets. Each month we will explore one area of observational astronomy in detail and every session will give the audience a chance to ask questions about the current night sky. This program changes with the seasons and throughout the year, so be sure to comeback again and again. This program is suitable for all ages.  To schedule a group show e-mail planet @ louisville.edu or call 502-852-6665.

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, 1,241 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, 284 hits)

The January/February 2016 Starword is ready. 

  jan-Feb-2015-Starword.pdf (325.9 KiB, 759 hits)
Starword for January/February 2015.

  March-April-2015-Starword.pdf (287.3 KiB, 716 hits)

  May-June-2015 Starword.pdf (293.9 KiB, 584 hits)
May June 2015 Starword.

  July-August-2015-Starword.pdf (311.2 KiB, 573 hits)

  Sept-Oct-2015 Starword (224.0 KiB, 477 hits)

  November-December-2015-Starword.pdf (424.2 KiB, 1,029 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 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.

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