Category Archives: September 2014

Congratulations Mangalyaan Team, Congratulations India!

by Prasad Ganti  After a long journey of 300 days in the vacuum of space, Mangalyaan, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission was finally captured by the gravity of Mars. A nation heaved a sigh of relief, yours truly included. Congratulations followed … Continue reading

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From the Director

by Rex Parker, PhD, Director Change is in the wind for AAAP.  As director this season, my goal is to enhance the connections you make with AAAP, to expand your access to the Princeton Astronomy experience, to enrich the role … Continue reading

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From the Assistant Director

by Larry Kane When I first heard that a group of interested people were getting together to form an organization that would be there to help Washington Crossing Park, I knew that I should offer my time and energy to … Continue reading

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StarQuest 2014 – Sept 26 to 28 – Hope, NJ

Hope Conference and Renewal Center, Hope, NJ Friday, September 26, 2014 to Sunday, September 28th 2014 This is a great opportunity for members and their friends and families to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow astronomy enthusiasts and observe at the … Continue reading

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Apollo 13

by S. Prasad Ganti By 1970, man had been to the moon twice on successful Apollo 11 and 12 missions.  Jim Lovell the commander had dreamt for a long time to set his foot on the moon. Midway to the … Continue reading

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A Pilgrimage to Palomar Observatory

by Michael Wright On a recent business trip to San Diego, I had the good fortune to have a free day before my red-eye flight home so I rented a car and headed up into the mountains to visit the … Continue reading

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Summertime Favorites: Messier 13 and 92

Member Robert Vanberbei captured these stunning images of two favorite summertime deep sky objects: Messier 13 – the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules and Messier 92 another globular in the same constellation. For M13 and M92’s H-R diagrams and more of … Continue reading

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Discovery Dobsonian for Sale

15” f/4.2 Premium DHQ Discovery Dobsonian 15” f/4.2 split tube Dobsonian, great optics (Ronchi test photo of mirror included). The scope is solid tube, which helps prevent dew, but breaks into two pieces for easier transport. I’ve had this scope … Continue reading

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Snippets

Dead Stars ‘Can Re-ignite’ and Explode Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas. The discovery appears to solve a mystery surrounding the nature of a particular category of stellar explosions known … Continue reading

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