Author Archives: ST Editors

From the Director

      by Rex Parker, Phd director@princetonastronomy.org Spring Comes to AAAP Beware the Ides of March? The words invoke a sense of unseen danger even today. Back in the latter days of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar (in 44 … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

by Ira Polans, Program Chair Introducing Archeoastronomy to the AAAP The March meeting of the AAAP will be held on the 10th at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus. Parking is available across … Continue reading

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Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Things have been pretty quiet these past few months. In late January, Jim Peck gave a presentation to a group of twenty some in Edison, using Stellarium to show things in the night sky. His … Continue reading

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Minutes of the February 11, 2020 AAAP General Meeting

by John Miller, Secretary Assistant Director, Larry Kane opened the meeting, 7:30PM Ira Polans introduced guest speaker, David McComas – PPPL and Princeton University. McComas’s presentation centered on the ongoing Parker Solar Probe mission, 2018 through 2025. There were about … Continue reading

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Freeman Dyson

contributing members of AAAP Ad astra Freeman Dyson!  One of the most significant and appreciated figures in the world of physics and in Princeton’s enduring scientific community, Freeman Dyson has passed away (Feb 28).  Freeman Dyson was an early and … Continue reading

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From The Archives

Fifty Years Comment for Sidereal Times, November 2012 by Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey Fifty years ago, when AAAP began, the piece of the universe that we had explored was tiny, just a little blob with … Continue reading

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Inexperience and Chains

by Gene Allen, in shame I have only been involved in astronomy for the past few years. I have often felt an utter noob and totally unworthy to hold an office in this hallowed organization. Last night on Baldpate Mountain … Continue reading

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Sharing the Sky, April—May 2020

by Jeffrey Pinyan April marks the opening of our 2020 season. We have about 30 Fridays ahead of us, and as long as the weather cooperates, we’ll have some special celestial treats to share with the public. April Venus and … Continue reading

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Fast Radio Bursts

by Theodore R Frimet feast or famine Exciting news awaits the general public. Fast Radio Bursts. FRB’s become the new darling of what’s up the in sky tonight! Starting with the MSN title of “Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal … Continue reading

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stellar parallax in the news

by Aram Friedman unprecedented parallax measurement The folks at New Horizon are going to make an unprecedented parallax measurement on April 22nd & 23rd (1) as reported in a news article by Applied Physics Laboratory of John’s Hopkins University. They will compare … Continue reading

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Go To or Go Broke

by Theodore R Frimet teach an amateur to fish Year three in amateur astronomy. I’ve met friends along the way. Mostly thru business. They often times appeared to be larger than life. Then time and experience sets in. The veil … Continue reading

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my longest yard

by Theodore R Frimet a stitch in time saves nine Behold! A true moonless night, low humidity and no clouds. Unless you are the astrophotographer to my left. He kept on getting red smears in his semi-finished product, on screen. … Continue reading

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The next amateur

by Theodore R Frimet to know a fly – dithier Today we look at the wing of a fly. Not much to see here. “Move on”, you say. I differ. Many are the weekends that I wait for. A trouble … Continue reading

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Snippets

compiled by Arlene & David Kaplan Google Doodle celebrates scientist Mary Somerville Mary Fairfax Somerville was a mathematician, geographer and astronomer, who was born in 1780 in Jedburgh but her childhood home was at Burntisland in Fife. Mary carried out … Continue reading

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