The next TAAS FAB 50 session is scheduled for the TAAS Public Star Party on Saturday August 2, 2014, to be held at the Oak Flat Public Area.At these events, new astronomers will learn the summer portion of the TAAS Fabulous 50 objects in the night sky. These are objects that, once identified, will serve as building blocks for the further exploration of the night sky.
Dee's presentation from the FAB 50 session at the Rio Rancho Rainbow Park Observatory is available on the TAASFAB50 web site. Link on the next page.
OAK FLAT PUBLIC STAR PARTY! SATURDAY, AUGUST 2ND - DUSK TIL LATE
The fire danger restrictions have been lifted at Cibola National Forest, which includes the Oak Flat/ Juniper Picnic Area, so we are on for another opportunity to observe in a fine dark-sky area near to Albuquerque.
We will begin with solar observing from about 6:00pm and invite all to come for this and to talk to the members as they set up their impressive array of telescopes on the observing field. ..perhaps even bringing a picnic dinner for the tables area.
At 8:00pm, Dee Friesen will present the TAAS Fabulous Fifty program, highlighting the main constellations and stars of the summer season along with observing tips. There will be a laser-guided constellation tour as the skies darken, and we ask that you use only red headlamps or flashlights to preserve night vision--and to not blind the telescope operators!
TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!
Next session - Wednesday, August 6th
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.
GENERAL MEETING - SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH
7:00PM - SCIENCE & MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM CAMPUS
CURIOSITY ROVER ON MARS-UPDATE AFTER ONE (MARTIAN) YEAR
The next meeting of TAAS will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Science & Math Learning Center on the campus of UNM, just to the north of the traditional meeting place at Regener Hall .
Our speaker for this occasion will be Dr. Horton E. Newsom of the Institute of Meteoritics and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM, who will give a history of the amazing Curiosity Rover, its August 2012 landing on Mars and the Mars Science Lab with ChemCam and its LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) instrument for analysis of rocks and soils. Curiosity completed a Martian year (687 Earth days) on June 24, 2014, and Dr. Newsom will bring the audience up to date on recent and current data coming from the rover.
See below for Dr. Newsom's biography and map to venue
Each month various objects are presented for observing by TAAS members.