Astrophotos, September 27 and October 11, 2015

The photos below were taken by ASN member Tim Stoffel, showing the Sept 27 Lunar Eclipse and the Planetary Conjunction on Sunday morning October 11.

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Comet Pannstarr L4

Comet Pannstarr L4

 

 

On Saturday, March 23rd, Mike Hopper and I went to the DRIs Parking Lot to find a Comet!  We did find a comet! At about 8:15 we could see it clearly in our binoculars at a barring of 291 magnetic.  About 8:20 the tail was about…

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The Art of Space Imagery

When you see spectacular space images taken in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope and other non-visible-light telescopes, you may wonder where those beautiful colors came from? After all, if the telescopes were recording infrared or ultraviolet light, we wouldn’t see anything at all. So are the images “colorized” or “false colored”?

No, not really. The colors are translated. Just as a foreign language can be translated into our native language, an image made with light that falls outside the range of our seeing can be “translated” into colors we can see. Scientists process these images so they can not only see them, but they can also tease out all sorts of information the light can reveal. For example, wisely done color translation can reveal relative temperatures of stars, dust, and gas in the images, and show fine structural details of galaxies and nebulae.…

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Three Outstanding Members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Outstanding Members

 

 

 

James Bankston is one of our quiet members who always has a smile.  James shows up at our school star parties and at Sparks Marina. A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, he is educating…

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Some unexpected Astronomy!

The ASN recently participated in the Lassen Volcanic Astronomy Festival, an event that I was really looking forward to participating in. (And I am looking forward to hearing some reports on how it went!) But as luck would have it, I was unable to go.

Most of you know that in 'another life', I am a big cat keeper. I have friends with big cats, and when they have to travel, they can't just let the local petsitter care for these animals. So as a result, sometimes, I have to be a 'lionsitter'. And since the cats get the number one timeslot in my life (outside of work :(  ), when they need to travel, I generally need to lion-sit.

I know from past experience that their ranch, located in southern Nevada, has pretty decent dark skies, even though it is fairly close to Las Vegas (about 60 miles), and it is on the outskirts of a pretty good-sized town. I have done two Messier marathons there, scoring 107 and 109 objects. I nearly always take my 'scope when I go there. Observing with a curious lion or playful tiger nearby, in the dark, is actually an enjoyable experience! They really do want to 'help' you (by knocking stuff over, running off with bits and pieces, chewing on cables, etc.) Heck, even their dogs do that, so I have to observe in a big training enclosure, where no animals can come in and 'help'. I, myself end up in a 'cage'!…

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