Category Archives: January 2016

From the Director

by Rex Parker, Director       Upcoming events and ideas for AAAP members Night-sky refresher at Planetarium Changing of equipment at the Observatory Software tools for your consideration A Rare Opportunity for AAAP Members ONLY Night-sky refresher at the … Continue reading

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Saving Hubble – Feb. 9, 2016 Lecture

by Ira Polans, Program Chair The February meeting will be held on the 9th at 7:30 PM in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus. The talk will be by award-winning filmmaker David Gaynes regarding his documentary film “Saving Hubble”. … Continue reading

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Online Astronomy Training

by Michael Wright The Internet has made delivering training courses easy for teachers and professors so that students and adult learners now have many options in addition to books for studying their chosen topic. This is true for astronomy too. … Continue reading

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Alfonso Churchill

Submitted by David Kaplan From: Spoon River Anthology (1915) by Edgar Lee Masters Alfonso Churchill They laughed at me as “Prof. Moon,” As a boy in Spoon River, born with the thirst Of knowing about the stars. They jeered when I … Continue reading

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Writing a Poem

by David Kaplan Carl Sandburg was once asked, “How do you go about writing?” He said, “I put one word in front Of another.” I, on the other hand, once asked A Nobel Prize–winning astrophysicist, “How is the orbit of … Continue reading

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The Trapezium in M42

by Robert Vanderbei

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Minutes of the January 2016 AAAP Meeting

by Jim Poinsett, Secretary The speaker for the evening was Frank O’Brien who gave a lecture entitled “Navigating to the Moon – The View from the Apollo Guidance Computer”. Director Rex Parker called the meeting to order at 9:00 pm … Continue reading

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“The Martian” and Ernest Shackleton

by Prasad S. Ganti “The Martian” is a science fiction book written by Andy Weir. It was made into a movie starring Matt Damon as a Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars who was certain to be the first … Continue reading

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New C-14 Installed at the Observatory

Photos by John Miller On Nov. 22, 2015, a keyholder team swapped the donated C-14 for the club’s old C-14 at the club’s observatory at Washington Crossing Park. See more photos at AAAP’s Flickr site

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