Ludovico D’Angelo, Director
Thank you for your support throughout the AAAP season this year. At our last meeting, you voted on the new Board of Directors for the coming season starting in September. I hope to have at least one Board meeting between now and September. Your new Board is Ludy D’Angelo (Director), Jeff Bernardis (Assistant Director), Kate Otto (Program Chair), Michael Mitrano (Treasurer), and Michael Wright (Secretary). If you have ideas for guest speakers for our next season, please direct them to Kate (email@example.com), I’m sure she will appreciate it.
The last Transit of Venus in our lifetimes will occur on June 5, 2012. The AAAP Board has decided to participate with the Princeton University Astrophysics department in providing telescopes to view the transit. There will be events starting at 4:00 p.m. at Peyton Hall. We will move to the E-Quad parking garage for the start of the transit, and then back to Peyton Hall to view a live feed for the rest of the transit. If it is raining or cloudy, we will just see the live feed in Peyton Hall. You can also see the live feed on your computers at NASA’s Transit of Venus webcast.
Did the public observatory nights set a record? Since we opened the Simpson Observatory on April 6th, 7 out of 8 Friday nights, have been clear enough for public viewing. Is this a new record? Given this is New Jersey, you bet! The crowd size has varied because of new access procedures, but observing has been very successful. I asked the WC superintendent for an update on Brickyard Road, and he indicated that those plans are going forward with new stone being put down. The road will be repaved soon. The condition of the bridge still needs to be reviewed.
Recently, we received generous donations of equipment to the club. Former director and past member Richard Peery donated all his telescopes. They include an 8-inch Orion Dobsonian, a Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope), and an old Celestron 8” SCT with wedge and stand. He also added several astronomy books to our library. We also received a donation of a Meade Series 5000, 40 mm, 68 degree FOV eyepiece from AAAP member Wilber Stewart.
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Our next and last meeting for the season will be at the State Planetarium in Trenton, hosted by our own member Bill Murray. That will start at 8:00 p.m. on June 12th. Hope all of you can come see the show!