Category Archives: October 2013

From the Director

by Jeff Bernardis, Director As most of you know by now, the Board has decided to withdraw its motion from last month seeking member approval of funding to build a new observatory to house a major donation that was being … Continue reading

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Historic LADEE Lunar Orbiter and Antares/Space Station Rocket Launches

Our next monthly lecture will be “Historic LADEE Lunar Orbiter and Antares/Space Station Rocket Launches” by member and science ambassador Dr. Ken Kremer on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. The lecture will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Peyton Hall, 4 Ivy … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Coordinator

David Letcher, Outreach Coordinator Ms. Stephanie Williams of the Newell Elementary School in Allentown, NJ has invited us to participate in their science night on Friday, November 15, 2013. This is one of our regular star parties. We have been … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

by Michael Mitrano, Treasurer It is early in our fiscal year, but StarQuest has taken place and had a $427 surplus, based on expenses so far received. Total revenue for the event was $1,680, close to that of 2010 and … Continue reading

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Minutes of the September 10, 2013 AAAP Meeting

by Michael Wright, Secretary Director Jeff Bernardis opened the meeting by welcoming and recognizing new members. Jeff announced that PPL will be holding a series of colloquia. Interested members can email him for details. Also, he announced that 2013-14 dues … Continue reading

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Minutes of the September 18, 2013 Board Meeting

Submitted by Michael Wright, Secretary Attendees: Jeff Bernardis, Director                        Gene Ramsey Larry Kane, Assistant Director            Brian Van Liew Michael Mitrano, Treasurer                 Bill Murray Michael Wright, Secretary                   John Giles Saul Moroz                                              Ludy D’Angelo Ira Polans                                                … Continue reading

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Observing Barnard’s Star

by Robert J. Vanderbei Barnard’s Star is one of the closest stars to us. It is also the star that has the fastest apparent motion across the sky moving about 11 arcseconds per year. With a right ascension of 17h … Continue reading

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No More Peeping into a Telescope

by Prasad Ganti The word “telescope” conjures an image of a long scope with lenses or mirrors and an eyepiece to peep in to see the light collected by the lenses and mirrors. Well, this is the traditional optical telescope, … Continue reading

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NASA Successfully Launches Historic Pair of Missions to the Moon and Space Station from NASA Wallops in Virginia

by Dr. Ken Kremer In an unprecedented event in space history, NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully blasted a pair of historic and high stakes missions to the moon and the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Island center in … Continue reading

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