Irene Worthington Baron

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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 passion for astronomy to our events, the destination for persons wanting to exchange ideas and learn more about astronomy. When skies are cloudy, attendees meet in the pavilion to talk astronomy. We try to create the best astronomy learning experiences available in our area with our workshops and observations. Members and guests from the public are welcome to come observe the wonders of the night sky with us, free of charge.

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Begins at 5:30 PM at the Lewis Observatory. 

Zanesville Astronomy Club will host a public event beginning at sunset at the Lewis Observatory located on the Ohio University Zanesville campus. You do not have to have a telescope to attend. Telescope owners are invited to bring and share your views with participants. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. If the weather is inclement, we will meet in the pavilion to “talk astronomy.” 

The night sky is more than the Moon and stars if you know where to look. November is your last chance to catch a glimpse of the planets in the evening sky before they sneak away. They will begin to appear only in the morning in December and the beginning of 2019. Jupiter and Venus are already shining like bright beacons in the early A.M., but Mercury and Saturn are still visible at night Nov 1, 2017.

Look to the southwest for Saturn sitting in the Milky Way area. On 19 November it will sit to the upper left of the crescent Moon. Mercury will sit to he left. The three objects will set soon after sunset. On 20 November, Saturn will be next to the Moon with Mercury just blow.

The Leonids meteor shower peaks 17-18 November. Expect about 15-meteors an hour in fast-moving streaks. These are caused by debris left by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.

A comet, named 2017 01 ASASSN, is visible through binoculars or a telescope. It is cruising through the constellation Camelopardalis in the NE sky and rising toward the North Star, Polaris. IT will appear to reach Polaris area around Christmas. Look for a blurry patch of light in front of some stars. Also in Camelopardalis a pretty chain of stars found below the W shape of Cassiopeia and above the constellation of Auriga. Auriga has a bright flickering star named Capella.

The Sierra Club suggests using your binoculars to scan into Perseus and below Cassiopeia to find the famous Double Cluster. Stars in the Double Cluster are about 7,400 light-years from Earth and about 100-light years from each other. Once you find that, scan toward the east a little bit to reach the Andromeda Galaxy. It has a foggy shape with a brighter center. It's the only full galaxy you can see without binoculars.

November constellations are beautiful. We will point them out to you along with some beautiful stars. 
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WHERE: John McIntire Public Library, downstairs meeting room
WHEN:  8 November 7-8 PM
DETAILS: Chuck Bruckelmeyer and Irene Baron will be discussing November constellations. After the meeting, weather permitting, participants will be invited to go outside to observe constellations. Handouts will be available. Bring the family.
EARLIER NEWS: 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-Black,Tabletop=Celestron-telescope-available-for-loanCelestron 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 ( ) 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.

If you see Mr. Freeman, 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 safe storage for the Celestron telescope.
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.    

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! 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 the last eclipse. The newer ones will most likely be better anyway.

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


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.
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..


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.


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Several of April participantsEleven-inch-Celestron-new-to-Jim









Lewis Observatory February 2014

Chuck viewing Jupiter

Chuck describes his telescope construction Karen & Irene examine new telescope








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










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:  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:

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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Zanesville Astronomy Club Event Calendar from the Night Sky Network.