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Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair We have had a few non-hardware members coming to Outreach Events, and that is great. If you try it, come a bit early and try to engage attendees as they arrive to ask about their … Continue reading

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Rockets and the Moon

by Gene Allen Thank you Ira! His contribution to Apollo memorabilia for the May meeting was a terrific Lego Saturn V rocket. Mine was ordered from Amazon that very night. It was kept boxed up as a secret until we … Continue reading

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Yeah, that’s just M13

by Gene Allen We show globular star cluster M13 a lot at the Observatory. AKA NGC 6205 and “the Great Hercules Cluster,” it’s just always up there. It’s viewable from April to November, our whole Public Night season. It’s one … Continue reading

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Outreach Blotter

Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Every Outreach Event is an opportunity for EVERY Member to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for things astronomical, not just those who have a telescope. Come out to see what these events are all about, log … Continue reading

Posted in June 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Summer Library Presentations

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair As the song goes, “The heat is on!” With the State of New Jersey proclaiming a summer reading program theme of “A Universe of Stories,” we have experienced a deluge of requests. More distant libraries … Continue reading

Posted in June 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Last month, as I scrambled to submit yet another delinquent article (!), I neglected to report on the excellent showing our members made at an Outreach Event in Plainsboro back in March. Once again an … Continue reading

Posted in May 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Outreach Blotter

by Gene Allen, Outreach Chair David Letcher, our former, longtime Outreach Chair, served as Event Lead for an Outreach Event in Hopewell on March 22. His report on the Event is as follows: “Well, we continued our tradition of giving … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Amazing Astronomy

by Gene Allen It took ten years and $1.3 billion to build the largest observatory on the planet, and it has an expected useful lifetime of only fifty years. The entire installation is rather bleeding edge technology. ALMA is the … Continue reading

Posted in March 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Journey to SPACE

by Gene Allen On our way to Antarctica, we flew from Santiago up to northern Chile to spend a few days in the Atacama Desert. One of the many highlights of our visit there was an evening at SPACE, the … Continue reading

Posted in January 2019, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Messier Visit

by Gene Allen Bill Murray’s excellent review of Charles Messier’s life and work at a meeting last spring inspired me to take some of our time in Paris to visit the site where his famous catalog was compiled. The building … Continue reading

Posted in November 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

From the Outreach Chair

Y’all come out now! Gene Allen, Outreach Chair Upcoming Outreach Events It would be great if more of our Members – with or without their own hardware – mixed it up at our Outreach Events and Public Nights. Bring your … Continue reading

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