Next Astronomy Event
ZANESVILLE ASTRONOMY CLUB/ NEXT EVENT
An Affiliate of the NASA Night Sky Network
ALL OUR MONTHLY EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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8 FEBRUARY 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW & ICE CREATING PROBABLE ICY DRIVING CONDITIONS. Next month the club coordinators will be teaching quite a few Boy Scouts for the Astronomy Badge. Part of their badge requirements is to help host a local astronomy event. Be sure to attend that event to meet them and their parents. They may be camping on site that evening. More news later.,
Our February event will begin at 5:45 PM. If there is a weather emergency declared by authorities, the meeting will be canceled.
Winter skies can be crisp and clear. Winter stars are magnificent!
Events are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday evening of each month at sunset. Outdoor events are on the OUZ campus at the Rogge Pavilion. We use the adjacent 17 ½” Lewis Newtonian Telescope in the Lewis Observatory located at the north end of the university parking lot. Workshop events are held in the OUZ Campus Center, room 409.
For your GPS, use the address of 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.
Members and guests bring their curiosity and passion for astronomy to our events, the destination for persons wanting to exchange ideas and learn more about astronomy. You are welcome to bring their telescope to learn how to use it.
CHILDREN AT OUR EVENTS: Children are invited to attend with an adult. Children love to be included in our night events and enjoy seeing celestial objects up close.
The supergiant red star, Betelgeuse, is in the news. In the constellation of Orion, the star is fluctuating in brightness. No one knows what is happening to it. It is about 650 light-years away. That means that the light we see from it left the star 650-years ago. If it exploded years ago, we won't know until the light of that explosion reaches us. We are watching history happening with all the stars. They are at various distances from us. Our nearest star is the Sun. We learn about stars by studying our Sun.
If Betelgeuse goes into a supernova stage, we'll have front row seats. We're too far away for it to hurt us, but the star will be about as bright as the full moon for a while. We're going to begin including it as the first and last star to see at each astronomy event. Let's watch what happens to it. What an exciting event in our lifetime. A supergiant star changing before our eyes.
When you arrive, sign in at the designated table inside the Rogge Pavilion next to the Lewis Observatory.
Dress for the weather with thick-soled shoes and layered clothing. Bring gloves and a hat. You'll be outside at least an hour. If the sky is covered with clouds, we will meet in the Pavilion to talk astronomy. One person said they will be bringing their telescope to learn how to use it. Bring yours if you need to learn more about it. Binoculars are nice to have on hand. One binocular in your hand is actually two small telescopes used in sky watching. Experts in telescopes, Chuck Bruckelmeyer and John Bolen, will be present to answer your questions.
Event night will be the peak of the a-Centaurid Meteor Shower. It occurs from 28 January to 21 February each year. We'll be pointing out the constellations if the sky is clear. You've probably been seeing a brilliant star in the southwest. That is Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky. If you look up from Sirius and to the right, you will see the constellation of Orion. The top left star in the large rectangle of Orion is Betelgeuse. It is usually easy to see it is red. From now on, since it dimmed, we'll see how easy the color is to see.
In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the pavilion to discuss astronomy, examine telescopes and learn how to use them. Coordinators who will be on hand are Irene Baron, John Bolen and Chuck Bruckelmeyer. Come with a smile and questions for us to answer. Bring your telescope if you need help with it.
OUZ- Andy Freeman, Manager of the OUZ Facilities, and Executive Assistant Linda Sinift for having the observatory maintained and the nearby lights turned off during our meetings.
ZANESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - The Zanesville Police Department will have their patrol officer include the Lewis Observatory on their schedule of places to visit. Please thank the officer if they have time to stop and invite them to use our telescopes.
ZANESVILLE TIME RECORDER – The local newspaper posts our events for the community.
In the event of inclement weather, we will meet on the pavilion covered patio to answer questions, show you the telescopes we use, and discuss your astronomy interests. There are four coordinators to participate in discussions.
Please share this information and URL link with family and friends who may be interested in learning more about astronomy.
During an earlier workshop at the John McIntire Public Library, information about winter constellations was well received. The images are Irene baron at beginning, the Tshirt door prize, and some of the audience.
An earlier presentation at the public library using the NASA Night Sky Network kit, "Glass & Mirrors - An Inside Look At Telescopes," was well received. The images below show presenter Chuck Bruckelmeyer discussing his Dobsonian telescope with a few of the participants. The picture to the right is Astronomy Club member, Greg, creating a refracting telescope model using two convex lenses. The lenses had to be adjusted by each viewer to create clear magnification of a distant object.
The table top-Celestron telescope with clock drive, donated by club member Carl Matesich of Newark, may be borrowed for home use by club members for 1-2 months at a time. It will be on loan until May and available for another user at our May meeting.. If you wish to borrow that telescope in 2018 for a month or two, arrange to schedule the time with Irene (firstname.lastname@example.org ) That telescope is easy to carry and is supplied with a variety of lenses. When you see Carl, thank him for the donation. The telescope is pictured to the left.
The 11-inch Celestron telescope donated by Dr. Hudnell Lewis is available for our use.
Check out this NASA map for the 8 April 2024 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. Most members of our club will live within 60-miles of totality!
Time will go fast, so plan way ahead to visit an eclipse area during the mid-day eclipse. The red line shows the area of the longest and greatest totality. If you are within the blue lines, you will see totality, but not as long of a time as you will within the red line. Cleveland will be the major eclipse city in Ohio. I imagine they will be making preparations for quite a while.
Meanwhile, plan way ahead for this. Arrange family time or time with friends to visit the nearest point you wish to visit that day. Your current eclipse glasses will not be good at that eclipse as the material evidently can be used for only 3-years if it has no fingerprints or scratches. Mine aren't very pristine after the last eclipse. The newer ones will most likely be better anyway.
I hope the NASA NIght Sky Network gives us free ones again.
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Irene Baron and Chuck Bruckelmeyer of the Zanesville Astronomy Club made a presentation in Elson Hall at Ohio University Zanesville on 17 August 2017. If you were there, you saw it was standing room only with more people waiting in the hallways.
During the events leading up to the eclipse, 500-eclipse safety shades donated by Google & Berkeley University of California were distributed during the August club meeting and during the OUZ presentation.
During the presentation activities, persons signed in at the main desk, Many signed up to become a club member. They were from New Straitsville, Newark, Baltimore, Norwich, Quaker City, Glenford, Shawnee, Nashport, Frazeysburg, East Fultonham, Dresden, Adamsville, Minerva, New Concord, Roseville, Westerville and Zanesville. That geographic distribution shows how important Zanesville has become in astronomy family education.
Our club membership is currently 238. Not too bad after only 4-years of existence.
We would like to thank the Muskingum County community and surrounding areas for their enthusiastic support of astronomy and the Lewis Observatory. To have Ohio University Zanesville support us and provide access to the observatory is deeply appreciated. Persons associated with the University have been active with working behind the scenes, including the facilities department who provides the Campus Center rooms for our use and turns off the lights surrounding the observatory. Thanks to our members who may not arrive for all meetings, but keep their interest.
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS OF SELECTED PAST MEETINGS
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The Zanesville Astronomy Club is an affiliate member of the NASA Night Sky Network!
The Night Sky Network is associated with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, the National Science Foundation and the Astronomy Society of the Pacific. The Network provides information to the public such as local/state/national events, astronomy activities for ages pre-school through adult, videos, games and other astronomy resources.
The mission of the Zanesville Astronomy Club is to provide public outreach about astronomy. Monthly meetings are held at the Lewis Observatory located adjacent to the Rogge Pavilion on the Ohio University-Zanesville campus in Zanesville, Ohio. The 17-inch Newtonian reflector telescope in the observatory is used for celestial observations. Club organizers Chuck Bruckelmeyer and Irene Baron invite community members of all ages to enjoy viewing the galaxies, stars, the Moon and planets. Baron said, “To have such a large telescope available for the community provides a unique resource for families and amateur astronomers. I would hope citizens will continue to take advantage of the free observational opportunities available.” Baron said she is available to open the observatory for school classes, scout troops and community/service organizations. She is also available as a public speaker to discuss past and current astronomy events, reminding that Comet ISON is arriving this winter.
The URL address for the Night Sky site access is: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/. Information about the local organization may also be found through the Zanesville Astronomy Club Facebook page and web site.
Individuals, schools districts, teachers and community organizations wishing to receive the monthly electronic Zanesville Astronomy Club newsletter are asked to send an email request to: email@example.com.
Citizens are reminded they may take advantage of computers at the public libraries in gaining gain access to all club and affiliated electronic astronomy sites