Category Archives: September 2011

From the Director

by Ludovico D’Angelo, Director AAAP Happy return to our next season of the AAAP. This is our 49th year. Next year is the 50th year since the club’s inception, and we should plan something special. So now is the time … Continue reading

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From the Program Chair

by Ken Levy, Program Chair I’m excited to announce the new season of speakers for our 2011/2012 lecture series. The lecturers represent an eclectic mix of backgrounds and topics. In case you miss a date or want to refer to … Continue reading

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From the Outreach Chair

by David Letcher, Outreach Chair Member Gene Ramsey will be hosting two solar observation sessions at the nature center for all ages on Sunday September 4, and on Monday, September 5 each at 1:30 – 4:00. His description includes viewing … Continue reading

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June 2011 Membership Meeting

by Larry Kane, Secretary The last meeting of the season was held in the Planetarium of the New Jersey State Museum and called to order by Director Ludy D’Angelo. Before the planetarium show was presented by former Director Bill Murray, … Continue reading

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August 4, 2011 Board Meeting

by Larry Kane, Secretary Director Ludy D’Angelo called the meeting to order. Star Quest – The Moravian Conference Center changed its cost structure and the increases were discussed as well as what the AAAP should charge attendees. The adult fees … Continue reading

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Treasurer’s Report

by Michael Mitrano, Treasurer The AAAP’s fiscal year ends on June 30. An income statement that covers the year that has just ended was sent to members with the September issue of Sidereal Times.  It compares this year’s information with … Continue reading

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An Excerpt from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology

by David J. Kaplan Writers, as we all know, cannot wait for inspiration and must rely upon the hard reality of persistence. However, occasionally there comes a time when the muse gives rise to a period of unexpected productivity. A … Continue reading

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Space Capsule on Display

by Michael Wright Local space enthusiasts have an opportunity to see and touch the capsule that returned entrepreneur and space tourist, Greg Olson, to Earth after his 2005, 8-day stay at the International Space Station. The three-man craft is on … Continue reading

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Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

by Michael Wright While on vacation in Puerto Rico over Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Arecibo Observatory, the largest single-dish radio telescope ever constructed. The 1000-foot diameter dish was impressive, but the antenna platform grabbed … Continue reading

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Ghostly Twilight Landing of Atlantis Closes NASA’s Space Shuttle Era

by Dr. Ken Kremer Barely discernable in the pre-dawn twilight and appearing as an eerie, ghost-like figure, Space Shuttle Atlantis and her four-person crew swiftly glided to a triumphant landing at the Kennedy Space Center to close out NASA’s storied … Continue reading

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