Category Archives: May 2020

Time

by David J. Kaplan Time is more ancient than the stars. It births evolution, yet limits life. Time stops not for an unwound clock.

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O, For a Dark Night Sky

by David J. Kaplan The city’s night sky Holds the moon aloft, A dim orb. Constellations—incomplete, The drinking gourd dismantled Cassiopeia banished. Orion dismembered. O, for a dark night sky, Stars shimmering In both mind and eye. When meteors from … Continue reading

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Solar observations – with a sextant

by Rafael C. Caruso, MD On June 2019, a group of AAAP members met in Peyton Hall to attend a two-day celestial navigation course, which I found most enjoyable. The course was taught by Frank Reed, the navigation instructor who currently … Continue reading

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When, How and Why I Became Interested in Astronomy

by John Miller, Secretary I was in my father’s den – the summer of 1965 – looking up something for a school assignment in our World Book Encyclopedia. Dad was also in the room tapping madly on his ancient Royal … Continue reading

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When, how, and why I began my interest in astronomy

by Victor Davis As a general rule, I tend to value earned experiences more than accidental ones. That’s a pretty common view, it seems to me. The exhilaration of a summit view is heightened by appreciating the effort it took … Continue reading

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Rekindling My Love of Astronomy

by David J. Kaplan I was born in the South Bronx. My parents each had two jobs, so we as kids were pretty much on our own. Saturday mornings my mother gave me fifty cents, pinned a label inside my … Continue reading

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keep your distance

by Victor Davis assuming zero angular momentum and zero charge I thought you might include in the newsletter, this social distancing advice for the astronomically inclined, which leaves the calculation as an exercise for the viewer. Here are the relevant … Continue reading

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Vanity Cards

by Theodore R Frimet That in my own humble opinion every Amateur Astronomer wearing a mask is a masked crusader for our mutual pursuit of life and liberty. I’ve got nothing. I have been waiting to write that phrase for a … Continue reading

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Snippets

compiled by Arlene & David Kaplan Biggest cosmic mystery ‘step closer’ to solution The nature of this quirk, which allowed matter to dominate the Universe at the expense of antimatter, remains a mystery. Now, results from an experiment in Japan … Continue reading

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