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 on: June 04, 2018, 08:57:52 PM 
Started by John Upton - Last post by John Upton
Club member will Bruce Campney will present a compendium of excerpts from Stephen Hawkings' Reith Lectures presented in 2016.

 on: May 15, 2018, 11:03:07 PM 
Started by Bob Beal - Last post by Bob Beal
Well, that didn't take long. It's now on the front page of spaceweather.com.

As for whether it's been done before by anybody, that's also on the front page. The answer is yes--Theirry himself has done it twice--once in 2010 and again in 2013. A link to his website is also given.

 on: May 15, 2018, 10:39:37 PM 
Started by Bob Beal - Last post by Bob Beal
It's the first time that I'm aware of. I first saw the photo on spaceweather.com on their Gallery page (the home page has a link to their gallery page). It'll probably be on their home page tomorrow and, I suspect, an APOD shortly.

For those that are unaware of it, Spaceweather's Gallery page often contains news-breaking, or at least unique, images; many of them little related to space weather. It's not just aurora and sunspot pictures here. Often I'm made aware of new supernovas or comets because of photos posted here, long before any posting on Cloudy Nights announcing their discovery. Legault, Jager, and other famous European astrophotographers often post images here (Jager regularly posts comet photos that are just amazing in their tail detail). I only recall one Druckmuller post, but it was the "definitive" photo of the recent total solar eclipse showing the corona extending out to ~10 solar radii. ISS sun or moon transits appear regularly, along with sharp images of the ISS itself (the best ones of these are from Florida, Puerto Rico, or Brazil). The clearest, most detailed photo ever taken of a gigantic jet (a form of lightning) appeared here (taken in China). Sometimes they even show pictures of the sun or auroras or Steve  :-)

 on: May 15, 2018, 02:24:32 PM 
Started by Bob Beal - Last post by John Upton

   That is VERY cool. I wonder if this is the first time this have been done before by an amateur (or anyone for that matter)?


 on: May 15, 2018, 01:55:33 PM 
Started by Bob Beal - Last post by Bob Beal
Thierry Legault has managed to photograph the moon at the exact instant of New Moon when it was 5* S of the Sun (yes, in the daytime). Read about it <here>.

 on: May 11, 2018, 08:01:01 AM 
Started by campney - Last post by campney
Astronomy on Tap ATX - AoTATX
Our next event will be on May 15, 2018 at 7:30pm at The North Door

This May, we have talks on evolved binary stars, dusty galaxies, and extreme planetary systems! Dr. Fabiola Campos will talk about evolved binary stars in globular clusters, and how to use it to study the internal structure of the cluster. Patrick Drew, aka Mr. Cold Mode, will teach us about what creates dust in distant galaxies. Finally, our own Raquel Martinez, A$AP Rocky Planet, will talk to us about detecting extreme exoplanetary systems in the Galaxy.

AoTATX44 will be hosted by our Binary Host Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Dr. Brandon Bozek)!  In addition, AoTATX44 will feature Astronomy News by MajorMerger (Sinclaire Manning) and Astrobit (Brian Mulligan), trivia, and AoTATX merchandise.  Finally, we will have telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)! Join us for a night full of astronomy fun over pints of beer!

As always, AoTATX is FREE and open to all ages! The North Door alley bar opens at 6pm.  The show starts at 7:30pm.  You can tweet with #AoTATX44 to ask questions during the show!  Find us on Facebook (Astronomy on Tap ATX) and Twitter (@AoTATX).

 on: May 02, 2018, 04:23:43 PM 
Started by John Upton - Last post by John Upton
Club member Dr. Ed Wiley will give us an introduction and overview of the activities and opportunities for amateur astronomers participating in the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). The AAVSO gives everyday amateur astronomers the opportunity to participate in and contribute to scientific research. Dr. Wiley has been active in the AAVSO for a number of years and currently instructs an AAVSO course covering CCD Photometry.

 on: April 18, 2018, 09:57:14 AM 
Started by campney - Last post by campney

Put your idle 3D printer to work!   You can now 3D print the structure of a supernova of a binary star system.

A new way to experience the universe.   One possibility, it could be a standard presentation for clouded out observing session at a science faire.


 on: April 17, 2018, 02:27:35 PM 
Started by campney - Last post by campney
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 07:30pm


The Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to host a free public science talk featuring 2017 Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne. Dr. Thorne will reminisce about the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO and the fifty-year effort that led to this discovery. He will describe the way LIGO’s observations, together with numerical simulations, are transforming our understanding of black holes, and his vision for the future of gravitational wave astronomy.

 on: April 08, 2018, 10:09:00 PM 
Started by campney - Last post by campney
Astronomy on Tap ATX is held on the third Tuesday of every month at The North Door (502 Brushy St., Austin, TX) at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Paid Parking is under IH-35.   Fill a car and have an interesting evening of astro discussions.


April 17 2018 meeting:
Prof. Chris Sneden will talk about RR Lyrae stars,
Dr. Judit Ries will take us to explore the nature of the mysterious interstellar cigar and other flying objects;
Dr. Brandon Bozek will discuss the nature of dark matter from his simulation of Milky Way and our neighboring galaxies.

YouTube Channel is available for previous presentations

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