Friday, October 31, 2008

Welcome to Planet Earth

Received this animation from Matt. Enjoy!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Spooky Skies & Colorado Fireball

Space Weather News for Oct. 30, 2008

SPOOKY SKIES: The heavens are getting into the spirit of Halloween. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field, stirring up ghostly auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for them tonight. Meanwhile, Venus and the crescent Moon are converging for a sunset sky show on Halloween itself. The bright pair will be widely visible even from light-polluted cities. Check for photos and sky maps.

COLORADO FIREBALL: On Oct. 28th, a meteoroid hit Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated with the luminosity of a full Moon. By happenstance, the event occurred directly above an all-sky video camera in Colorado. Today's issue of features a movie of the fireball, the sound of radio echoes from the fireball's trail, and eyewitness reports from several US states.

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Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Night under the Stars at Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake State Park's 2nd Annual Event
Saturday Nov 22, 2008

This info taken from flier received in mail last night.

Starts 11am. Free day use!

11-3 Star Fair with Family Activities, Educator Workshop & Astronomy Presentations
7pm Star Party ! Weather Permitting.

Come view the stars! Stay for the fishing!
We have over 250 campground sites! Some with full full hookup sites, water and electricity sites and primitive sites. The park sells ice, firewood, bait and fishing licenses.
For more info: or 928-669-2088

Schedule of Events
11am - Start of event
11am - 3pm - Star Fair, Educator's Workshop, Booths, Solar Viewing Demo & Food Vendor
11:30am - Tour of the Night Sky presentation with Tony La Conte from Stargazing for Everyone
12:30pm - astronomy Presentation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1:30pm - Your Newspaper: Portals to the Universe Presentation with Tony La Conte
2:30pm - Amateur Astrophotography presentation with JD Maddy from Astronomers of Verde Valley
7pm - Kick off to Star Party - Weather Permitting

Star Party Requirements
1. Bring red flashlight, no white light allowed
2. Familiarize yourself with the star party site during the day
3. Arrive at the star party site promptly at 7pm.

If you have one, bring folding chair. A star chart will be provided free to the public earlier in the day.
We suggest warm cloths, bug repellent, bottle water and snacks.
Note: Certain cell phone carries may not work in the area.

Night under the stars event:
Free Day use admission for Nov 22
Camping is available for a fee of $10-$23
$23 Full Hookup
$20 Water & Electricity hookup
$12 sites in developed campgrounds (flush toilets, showers, and water in campground)
$10 primitive sites

Elevation is 1235 feet
It will be chilly at night.

More info:

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society

Monday, October 27, 2008

The last at this location - Bookman's Telescope Workshop 3pm to 6:30pm 11/16

Come join us at the Bookman's Telescope Workshop.
It's FREE and we have a guest speaker.
RSVP is required as seating is limited.
We expect to have standing room only.

Even if you aren't coming to learn about your telescope, or buying a telescope,
come for the lecture. Topic: Can we live on the Moon or Mars?

Bring the whole family.
If you RSVP and you have kids 12 and younger, be sure to let me know how
many kids will be attending, so I know whether I should bring Kids Corner
or not. We have a box of activities for kids to do, so that the parents can
enjoy and learn, while the kids color, do activities, and learn as well. But,
if no kids RSVP, I do not bring Kids Corner supplies with me. So, let me know by RSVP.

We will see you there!
Terri, Events Coordinator

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society