Irene Worthington Baron

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ZANESVILLE ASTRONOMY CLUB
an affiliate of the NASA Night Sky Network
www.irenebaron.com 

NEXT CLUB EVENT is at the OUZ Campus Center, room 409 on 
SATURDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2017 BEGINNING AT 6:00 PM

Our hands-on program will be about supernovae, what they are and what causes the explosions. Of the sky clears, we will use the telescopes.


LARGE CELESTRON TELESCOPE:
Dr. Hudnell Lewis has donated an 11”-Celestron telescope for our use along with tripod and associated equipment. We plan to begin using it in December!  Come see another beautiful telescope for our club use. The views through it are fabulous, crisp and clear.

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 is scheduled to be on loan until the February 2018 meeting. If you wish to borrow that telescope in 2018 for a month or two, arrange to schedule the time with Irene at the next meeting. That Celestron telescope is easy to carry and is supplied with a variety of lenses. When you see Carl, thank him for the donation.

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LEWIS TELESCOPE:
The focus gear for the eyepiece on the Lewis Telescope has been damaged/stripped by use over the years. A machine shop in Roseville, OH is going to construct a new one at no cost to the club or university. As soon as they have time, they will program their computer and create the gear. Until then, we will use other telescopes, especially those brought by members. If you have a telescope, you are invited to bring it to our December meeting to share.

MOON:
The Moon will be at last quarter position during our monthly meeting, a great time to view in the clear (usually) winter sky. The shadows of the mountains will give you an indication of their height.

DARK SKY OBJECTS:
Since the planets are in position to appear in our morning skies, we won’t have any visible during our December evening meeting. We will use telescopes to observe some galaxies, star clusters, and special stars of interest. Winter constellations and prominent stars will also be pointed out.

METEOR SHOWERS:
The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 14 December 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 7 December to 16 December. “Annual meteor showers arise when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of around 70 to 100 km, appearing as shooting stars.

The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 100 per hour. However, this assumes a perfectly dark sky and that the radiant of the meteor shower is directly overhead. In practice, the number of meteors you are likely to see is lower, the radiant of the shower will appear 60° above your eastern horizon at midnight. This means you may be able to see around 86 meteors per hour, since the radiant will be high in the sky, maximizing the chance of seeing meteors.

"To see the most meteors, the best place to look is not directly at the radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 30–40° away from it. It is at a distance of around this distance from the radiant that meteors will show reasonably long trails without being too spread out.”
 In-the-Sky.org

“Geminid meteors come from 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid discovered in 1983 that circles the Sun every 3.3 years. In fact, recent observations suggest that Phaethon might be a "rock comet" that sheds particles when its surface heats up to roughly 1,300°F (700°C) at each perihelion.”
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/meteor-showers-in-2017/

The last of the Taurids meteor shower is 10 December. We may see a few during our meeting. SeaSky.org announced: "The Taurids meteor shower is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. Best viewing is just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky. 

SIGN-IN: When
you arrive at our meeting, please sign-in at the Rogge Pavilion. Participants are invited to bring their telescope to share. If you wish to learn how to use your telescope, bring it to the event. Families are encouraged to bring children to learn about wonders of their natural world. Nights are cold. Dress for the weather with thick soled shoes, jacket/coat, hat and gloves.  

21 DECEMBER SOLSTICE:
The word ‘Sol’ is the ancient name of our Sun. The word ‘stice” refers to standing still. The Sun appears to stand still on 21 December and does not rise above the horizon at northern sites like Alaska. In Antarctica in the southern hemisphere, the Sun does not set. It is summer in Antarctica and southern countries where the Sun is visible 24-hours.

OTHER NEWS:

Dr. Hudnell Lewis designed the Lewis Telescope which was constructed in Arizona. He is no longer able to see well enough to observe the night sky. You may send a card to thank him for donating the telescope and observatory to the university for use in our community. His address is: 3175 Dresden Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

If you see Mr. Todd Thacker, Director of Facilities Management & Campus Safety, thank him and his staff for their support to our organization. Since his arrival at OUZ, he has ensured our site is the darkest it has ever been during meetings and night sky observations. He has also provided a place in the Rogge Pavilion for the Celestron telescope storage.

Thanks also to the Leonard Hayhurst and the Zanesville Times Recorder staff for adding our monthly event in their newspaper. The NASA Night Sky Network and the Zanesville Astronomy Club appreciate the TR continued support in our community outreach efforts.

The new Director of the Muskingum County Library is actively interested in community outreach. The library has contacted our club for evening presentations  to take place at the library in April and October.

 


If you didn't get to see totality at the 21 August total solar eclipse, check out this NASA map for 8 April 2024. Most members of our club will live within 60-miles of totality!

2024-OHIO-MAP-FOR-TOTAL-SOLAR-ECLIPSE BY NASA

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 this eclipse. The newer ones will most likely be better anyway.

I hope the NASA NIght Sky Network gives us free ones again.

PLEASE SHARE INFO WITH FRIENDS!


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 waiting in the hallways.
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uring 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..

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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.


 CLUB EVENT 2017
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Participants were introduced to the spring constellations and used the Lewis Telescope to view Jupiter's moons and atmospheric bands. To the left is the Trail Life USA-Troop OH 1722 members from Kennonsburg UM Church in Salesville, Ohio who joined us. It took them three cars and over an hour to drive to Zanesville. Members were from Quaker City and Senecaville, Ohio.


Gurnsey Co. Public Astronomy Site

Guernsey County Development Corp is developing an astronomy park six miles east of Cambridge, OH. The position of the site is shown in the GOOGLE EARTH image to the left. Things are looking up in Ohio and Guernsey County!

 Pictures from other meetings are posted at the bottom of the page at: http://www.irenebaron.com/astronomy_paparazzi_photos/  Double click on images to enlarge them.


 

 The Zanesville Astronomy Club helps the United Nations celebrate WORLD SPACE WEEK. World Space Week (WSW) is an annual holiday set by the United Nations General Assembly. It is annually observed from 4–10 October in various parts of the world, including Europe and Asia. World Space Week is officially defined as "an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition."  This is a week of becoming aware of Remote Sensing - Enabling Our Future.  Donors sponsoring this celebration include: Lockheed Martin, Airbus Defense & Space, Astrax, Sanwa Supply, Heinlein Prize Trust and the Space Foundation. Partners include the International Astronautical Federation, Space Generation Advisory Council, Astronomy Without Borders, Universe Awareness, The Planetary Society, SPACEREF and the International Space University. Learn more at: http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) was celebrated at Ohio's only registered location on the evening of 8 October 2016 during our monthly meeting. This annual event has been successfully celebrated in Ohio by our organization. Learn more at: http://observethemoonnight.org/ 

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Plans are in the works to open the telescope more often for open viewing beginning about April 2017.


TELESCOPE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS:   We have a table top telescope members may borrow. If you have attended three meetings you may use it free for one month. Let coordinators Irene Baron or Chuck Bruckelmeyer know during one of our meetings if you are interested. Plan ahead for spring and summer viewing. Using it is great fun for all the family and friends.


HIGHLIGHTS OF SELECTED PAST MEETINGS

June 2016 meeting: Two participants brought reflecting telescopes to share. We compared views through three telescopes of the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. The Moon photo was taken by Irene through the Lewis Telescope using an iPhone4.

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 Workshop: Identifying Conditions for Habitable Exoplanets - 9 January 2016
The Planet Hunting Workshop participants learned about citizen science, exoplanet detection methods, and learned how to determine whether an exoplanet can support life as we know it. 

Exoplanet-workshop-bookletThe materials for this first of many informative workshops about exoplanets were produced by the Adler Planetarium under a grant from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The materials used during this workshop were supplied by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

 

 

 

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 Boy Scout Workshop: In November 2015  there was an all day astronomy workshop conducted for local Boy Scouts wanting to earn their astronomy Badge. They were co-hosts as part of their Astronomy Badge that evening.

 

 

 

 

  

NASA Speaker Bryan Palaszewski made an evening presentation during the Ohio University Zanesville's "Third Thursday" community event on 15 October 2015 in Elson Hall at 7 pm.  Mr. Palaszewski made a presentation at Zanesville High School earlier that day. This NASA speaker was sponsored by the Zanesville Astronomy Club and Ohio University Zanesville.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!NASA-SPEAKER-BRYAN-PALASZEWSKI Mr. Bryan Palaszewski has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry. He currently conducts analyses for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist investigating nanometer-scale propellant additives for metallized gelled fuels for many space mission applications. He recently led work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing where supersonic retro-propulsion is planned for the final descent to the planet's surface. He is also investigating the mining of outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits for future ambitious space missions. For 6-years he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. As the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment for 3-years, he was involved in other flight projects such as the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.

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28 September 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse viewing at the Lewis Telescope

The total lunar eclipse was barely visible from Ohio on 27-8 September 2015. Totality lasted over an hour but didn't allow much clear sky for viewing. At OUZ we had less than a minute to see the Moon as a hole in the clouds passed in front of it. Those who showed up passed the time watching the NASA broadcast of the eclipse on electronic devices. There was much discussion by everyone about astronomy, so it was a fun time, even though we couldn't see the main event. Misting rain finally let us know the viewing was over a little after eleven. The Moon during that event is also called a "supermoon," and by the American Indians the "corn Moon" and/or "Harvest Moon."

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Workshop September 2015- Telescope Construction presented by Chuck Bruckelmeyer

Participants from Nashport, Dresden, Philo and Zanesville created orbit scale models. They later viewed the Orion Nebula and Comet Lovejoy using the Lewis Telescope.

"Everything you want to know about the planet Jupiter but are afraid to ask" has been presented in addition to other planetary specialty events. An experiment was completed to demonstrate how varying sizes, angles and speeds of the meteorites create different types of formations. The objects impacting the material were dropped, thrown and propelled with a sling shot with immediate effects!

Amateur astronomer Chuck Brucklemeyer presented an informative program discussing how to grind and test a telescope mirror. He brought a mirror blank, a ground mirror, a Foucault tester and a spherometer. He proceeded to demonstrate how they worked. Participants were given the opportunity to use the Foucault tester in determining the accuracy of the ground mirror. He also let participants examine three of the numerous grits used in the grinding process. The 2-hour program was well received by those present. When asked if he would grind his own mirror, John Bowen who is owner of a Dobsonian telescope said, "Not at my age!" :-)

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 During one past meeting after observing Mars, Jupiter and the gibbous Moon, solar spectroscopes, purchased from the Stanford University Solar Laboratory, were handed out to participants. Children at the event successfully made their spectroscopes with the provided materials. Images from the event are included below. 

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We were able to see Jupiter's swirling stripes and the four largest moons lined up in a row all on one side of the planet. Surprisingly, inside the observatory dome and out of the wind, the temperature was comfortable, even though outside it was below zero. Since winter skies are crisp and clear, the viewing was great. Irene cleared the sidewalk in front of the door of snow before anyone else arrived. Once Chuck arrived, he zeroed right in on Jupiter.

One of the discussions was the way modern telescopes were purchased with computers. If anything would happen to the computer, the user may not be familiar enough with the sky to find what they are looking for. Chuck had a set of over 100-index cards (3X5")created by another astronomer which gave information about all the Messier objects. The cards were printed with a diagram, location, etc. Chuck said there were several other sets of cards available for other objects. If an amateur astronomer had such cards, they would be able to locate objects in the sky easily when their telescope computer stopped working. He will discuss this issue of sky familiarization at a later meeting.

Below are included smartphone photos of the newly shoveled snow at the Lewis Observatory near sunset, and Chuck and John viewing Jupiter.

Lewis Observatory February 2014

Chuck viewing Jupiter

We are exploring options for an indoor meeting site during inclement weather since the university is locked and closed to our club on weekends. There may be an easy to find indoor site available to us. We will know once the Trustees of the site meet and hopefully approve of our using their facility. Keep your fingers crossed! :-)  

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Winter meeting 14 December the university Subway Restaurant graciously let us meet and eat at their facility since the weather had deteriorated. Unfortunately, we're not allowed to meet inside the university as they are closed to weekend events. We had the Chandra X-Ray Observatory posters to distribute to participating members. Chuck Bruckelmeyer had his new telescope out for the first time. The telescope base was recently completed. What was impressive was his beautiful hand ground mirror. He stated he has mirror blanks to give away if anyone would like to try their hand at grinding a telescope mirror. See more photos at the Paparazzi link. Check out the group photo in the Paparazzi link!

The NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory posters were absolutely beautiful. They were sincerely appreciated by everyone. Thank you NASA! 

Chuck describes his telescope construction Karen & Irene examine new telescope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examining Chandra X-Ray images John & Jim examine new star chart

Please share your best images with the club. If digital, email them to: irenebaron@irenebaron.com.

Anyone wishing to join the Zanesville Astronomy Club and be included on our alert list or receive our bimonthly newsletter are asked to please email: irenebaron@irenebaron.com with your request. Include your name, address or email address and telephone number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 addressfor 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: irenebaron@irenebaron.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

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