Category Archives: January 2017

From the Director

      by Rex Parker, Director Help Make 2017 a Great Year for Astronomy! To help improve members’ direct access to astronomy, we’ve been updating and improving the hardware and software at our observatory at Washington Crossing State Park, … Continue reading

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‘Explosions in the sky’ – January 10, 2017 Lecture

by Ira Polans, Program Chair We begin the New Year with a talk on “Explosions in the sky” by Dr. Ondrej Pejcha of Princeton University on January 10th at 7:30 PM in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus. The … Continue reading

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Minutes of the December 13, 2016 AAAP Meeting

by James Poinsett, Secretary Minutes of the December 2016 Meeting of the AAAP • Director Rex called the meeting to order • Ira introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr. Eric Gawiser from Rutgers University. His lecture was titled “The … Continue reading

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The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

by John Church As many club members are already aware, we have arranged for a prime viewing site in Oregon for this year’s total solar eclipse. Totality will last for slightly over 2 minutes, beginning shortly after 10 am PDT, … Continue reading

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tabula rasa

by Theodore R Frimet A photon, neutrino and graviton walk into a bar… A photon, neutrino, and a graviton walk into a bar. Bartender asks, what’s with the graviton? The photon says, “let me explain”. The neutrino interrupts, and says, … Continue reading

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So far away…

by Prasad Ganti “Betelgeuse is 640 million light years away. It is a red giant, and is almost dying”. How do we know this, when it is difficult to find out what is happening in Syria or Russia? After all … Continue reading

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