Next Astronomy Event
The next free public event is on 10 JUNE 2023 beginning at 9:00 PM at the Lewis Observatory on OUZ campus. Come join us with your friends and/or families for a fun and educational adventure.
The search is on for volunteers to work with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to locate amateur astronomers and undergraduate students in any major to become Eclipse Ambassadors in their region for the 8 April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse which will move from SW Ohio through the middle of Cleveland. It will not be far from any Ohioan to see.
If you would be interested to help make presentations to schools and organizations, please go to the site below and find the details. Undergraduate students will receive a $100 stipend for their volunteer work.https://astrosociety.org/education-outreach/amateur-astronomers/eclipse-ambassadors/program.html
ASTRONOMY EVENTS JUNE 2023
For a special treat, on 21 June, look to the west. The Moon will join Venus and Mars near the horizon in the evening twilight - a splendid sight in binoculars.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cassiopeia is now seen as the “W” in the northern sky and the nearby double cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) is due north but low on the horizon with the Heart Nebula (IC 1805) AND THE sOULD nEBULA (ic 1848), A pair of binoculars will reveal many open star clusters n Cassiopeia, including the Dragonfly Cluster (NGC 457). The constellation is a wonderful region to explore with binoculars or telescope. The faint constellation Cameloparalis (the Giraffe) can also be found near Cassiopeia.
Lyra (the Lyre) is in the NW. That constellation is easy to find because of its brightest star, Vega. It is the 5th brightest star in the night sky and close to us at 25 light years away. (About 7 trillion miles in a light year). In about 14,000 years, it will replace Polaris as the North Star.
THE MAY MOON
8 Pollux is 5 degrees south of Mars&
If you have been loaned a telescope by our astronomy club to use at our events, we would appreciate seeing you and the telescope to share with others on clear nights.
If you would like to borrow a telescope to bring and share with others during our events, please let Irene Baron know to be placed on the waiting list. Thanks to all who are sharing telescopes! Please be aware you can check telescopes out of our local John McIntire Public Library as easy as checking out a book.
If you wish to receive the Zanesville Astronomy Club newsletter, send an email to: email@example.com. Enter the word ASTRONOMY as the subject matter. In the message include your full name, street address, city & state. Anyone may bring a telescope to learn how to use it and to share.
Please share this information and URL link with family and friends who may be interested in learning more about astronomy.
THE CHRISTMAS STAR HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED
Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery
by Irene Baron
The Zanesville Astronomy Club founder was sent 68 unannounced astronomy programs by NASA JPL. She used these programs to identify the Christmas star. Her book explains her research that took place daily over several years. Note thegold medal on the lower left of the cover. The book was awarded the First Place Gold Medal as The Exemplary Christian Education Book in 2013. Http://cutt.ly/we5mqvt
Bring your book to any club event to have it autographed by the author.
The Zanesville Astronomy Club is an affiliate member of the NASA Night Sky Network!
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MIRROR GRINDING INSTRUCTION
One of numerous workshops
Coordinator Chuck Bruckelmeyer presented a workshop at OUZ about making a telescope. He has constructed several by grinding his own concave mirror surfaces by hand. He is an expert at helping club members put together their new telescopes, help in repairing them and using his laser calibration system to align the mirrors correctly. Discuss your needs with him at monthly events. In this photo, Chuck holds one of the mirrors on which he is currently working. We are very fortunate to have him as a member and active coordinator.
Coordinator John Bolen w/Lewis Telescope
Aligning telescope to nebula
John Bolen is a ZAC Coordinator who, with Chuck Bruckelmeyer, will be hosting your viewing through the Lewis Telescope. In this image, John is setting up the telescope for a distant object through the dome opening of the observatory. John also brings his Dobsonian telescope to most events. For viewing solar eclipses and sunspots, he has special solar filters. It is quite astonishing to safely look at the sun through his telescope with solar shields. Thank you John for all your work with our organization.