Category Archives: April 2012

From the Director

Ludovico D’Angelo, Director Spring is here, and with that our renewed club activities. Starting April 6th and running every Friday until the end of October, will be the AAAP open houses in our observatory at Washington Crossing State Park. Keyholders … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

Ken Levy, Program Chair Many thanks to Dr. Mark Trodden for our March lecture “Modern Cosmology and the Building Blocks of the Universe”. Our April speaker heralds from my home base of Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Greg Matloff is a leading expert in interstellar … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Chair

David Letcher, Outreach Chair We had a star party at the Hopewell Elementary School on Friday evening, March 16.  The weather was touch-and-go and I was not able to attend but presumably the other volunteers were there. I know Gene Ramsey … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

Michael Mitrano, Treasurer We have received eight membership renewals or signups during March, bring our total for the fiscal year to 89.  We have now met or exceeded total membership for the past two completed fiscal years.  With new members … Continue reading

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March 13, 2012 AAAP Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Michael Wright for Secretary Larry Kane The meeting was called to order by Director Ludy D’Angelo. Director’s Report AAAP Board Elections: Ludy announced that a new Board should be elected at the May meeting. Ludy asked for a … Continue reading

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Supernova 2012aw Discovered in M95

Michael Wright and Robert Vanderbei On March 16, 2012, a bright supernova was discovered in M95.  Member Bob Vanderbei wasted no time capturing the image above.  The supernova was around magnitude 13 as of March 21 so it is observable … Continue reading

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The Astronomy of Shakespeare – Hamlet

The Bard is noted for his firm grip of history plays such as Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Henry V, etc. While not historically accurate in every respect, they are broadly faithful to the history of the events they portray. He drew … Continue reading

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Barsoom

Michael Wright The sci-fi movie John Carter is currently in theatres.  Based on the Edgar Rice Burrough’s novels inspired by Perceval Lowell’s Mars, the movie is about the exploits of a Virginia “gentleman” magically transported to Barsoom where he battles … Continue reading

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