TAAS PERIHELION BANQUET!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016
MEMBERS AND GUESTS
Put this date on your 2016 calendar and be ready to attend the TAAS social event of the year for members and guests at the MCM Eleganté Hotel. The invitation and details on how to RSVP have been sent to members. The ballot for submitting your proxy for the election of TAAS officers for the coming year will follow shortly.
Good friends, good food and an evening with an excellent speaker, prizes, awards, trivia contest await you to start your new year, so trade in your winter jackets and boots for festive wear and come celebrate a fantastic year for TAAS!
Your questions will be answered when you receive your invitation, but there will be many opportunities for more inquiries.
TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!
Next session - Wednesday, December 2nd
TAAS has a wonderful special interest group-Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance-which meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month (see our calendar). Members and the public alike are welcome to visit, learn more about the opportunities, bring in a telescope for assistance, begin a telescope from scratch or just ask questions.
TAAS GENERAL MEETING- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH - 7:00PM
SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER
Free And Open To The Public
Dr. Leonard Duda - "NEW HORIZONS AT PLUTO"
The New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew by the Kuiper Belt Object and dwarf planet (formerly planet) Pluto in July 2015. It provided the first close-up images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. This presentation by Len Duda will show some of the images of Pluto and its moons returned by the New Horizons spacecraft as it continues on its journey through the Kuiper Belt.
The images from New Horizons have excited and confounded the scientists studying them, who have been amazed by the varied surface characteristics they have seen that include tall mountain ranges, vast ice-covered plains with little or no cratering and evidence of glaciers probably composed of frozen nitrogen. The unexpected results may cause them to re-think many hypotheses of moon and planetary formation and evolution.
Most of the images sent back from New Horizons are through mid-December. The full data transmission process will take about a year because of the amount of data, the low transmission rate due to the spacecraft’s distance and the availability of the Deep Space Network antennas.
See below for Dr. Duda's biography and map
A continuing series on the basics for amateur astronomers
TAAS ASTRONOMY 101
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH,6:00PM(Preceding General Meeting)
SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER-UNM CAMPUS- Free and open to the public
Astronomy 101 for the month of December will feature Sigrid Monaghan leading the audience through the beginning steps of Lunar Observing
"Get To Know Your Neighborhood - Observing the Moon"- An offering to give the audience tips for first telescope observations with the easiest target around!
• Using a "Star Finder" • Focusing • Identifying features • Sketching • Keeping a log • Helpful accessories to have on hand
Friday, December 4th, will be the last event of 2015.Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory will resume on January 22, 2016. The weather should cooperate for stargazing so plan to attend.
Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes will be on for every Friday evening, except for fall break and UNM announcements.
See below for full details and map
Solar Astronomy, observing our nearest star, the Sun, is a very active and popular part of TAAS. Its events are too numerous to list here, so please go to the "Solar Astronomy" link on the left of the main page for a full schedule of solar observing.
Remember, you don't have to stay up late at night to see a star!
Each month, there is a test for Binoculars, Double Star, Deep Sky Object and the Challenge Object--think of it as a game for your telescope or binoculars. If you combine this with your GNTO, Star Party and Observer SIG stargazing, you are getting quite a workout!
Keep reading to take the Challenge.