Monthly Archives: December 2011

From the Director

by Ludovico D’Angelo, Director AAAP I hope you are all noticing that there is no snow on the ground, and the weather has been very mild for November and so far in December. Enjoy it. Get outside. Breathe the fresh … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

by Ken Levy, Program Chair Many thanks to AAAP’s Dr. Ken Kremer for last month’s lecture ‘What’s Beyond for NASA”. Ken attended the launch of The Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) at the Kennedy Space Center on November 26th. The … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Chair

by David Letcher, Outreach Chair Many thanks go out to Jeff Bernardis and Mike Moreken and yours truly for giving a lively star party at the Newell Elementary School in Allentown, NJ on Friday evening, November 18th. Although it was … Continue reading

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November 8, 2011 AAAP Meeting

by Larry Kane, Secretary The meeting was called to order by Director Ludy D’Angelo Observatory Report: During the last storm, a power surge caused some damage to the circuit breaker box in the observatory. Director D’Angelo suggested that we wait … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

by Michael Mitrano, Treasurer Membership has increased by 10 to 64 since my last report, as past members renew and new ones join. Setting aside StarQuest, we currently have a year-to-date surplus of about $2,200. The upcoming insurance payment (about … Continue reading

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StarQuest, Pictures

November 18, 2011

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First Light with Stellar Spectroscopy

by Rex Parker Spectroscopy has always been an interesting and appealing branch of optics and chemistry ever since I made my first diffraction grating spectroscope for a junior-high science fair project. Of course spectroscopy has many scientific applications today, especially … Continue reading

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Blasts Off in Search of Signs of Life

by Dr. Ken Kremer Curiosity, humankind’s latest quest to find out if we are alone in the universe, soared skyward on Nov. 26 atop a towering inferno. Curiosity is NASA’s newest and biggest robotic surveyor specifically tasked to hunt for … Continue reading

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