Solar vierwer On Sale Now
- Category: Programs Committee
- Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 18:06
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm, there will be the start of a partial solar eclipse. The maximum coverage of the sun will happen at 3:18 pm. Approximately 45% of the sun will be covered by the moon. At 4:34 pm this heavenly event will end.
We invite you to give out these safety warnings. “Do not look directly at the sun. It will damage your eye sight.” Our second warning is “Do not use any telescopes or binoculars to look at the sun. Blindness is the result.”
There are many safe ways to view this eclipse. The Astronomical Society of Nevada has US and European standard, Safety Solar Viewers for sale.
Viewers are on sale at:
See Becky at Aartistry, 10580 N Mccarran Blvd, Reno, NV 89503, (775) 787-3333
Razor's Edge of Greenbrae, 434 Greenbrae Dr, Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 359-0433
Ace Hardware 910 Tahoe Blvd Unit 103, Incline Village, NV 89451, (775) 831-2020
On August 21, 2017 there will be a total eclipse of the sun starting along the Washington -- Oregon border to South Carolina. This continental crossing of the sun will be spectacular show for 350 million people. Those who saved their viewers, will have a front row seat to this event. In Reno, 85% of the sun will be covered. WCSD might want to plan for a high absentee rate that Monday and Tuesday, as students and parents will most likely drive to Boise to see this Total Eclipse of the Sun!
Our Vice President, Jim Fahey, is in charge of selling these Safety Solar Viewers. Please email your request.
The Astronomical Society of Nevada.
James Fahey 775-356-0102
Your ASN Email Account
- Category: President
- Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:47
We have been working to resolve email troubles with the ASN members list. Our email should be working properly now.
Still, there are a few simple steps each of us can do to make sure their ASN email continues to flow:
2) If you suspect you are not receiving our members messages, please look in your spam folder just in case. Please contact Tim Kendziorski if you need help solving a spam issue.
3) Anyone who gets an email kicked back when sending to the members list should report it to us so we can investigate. Thank you.
ASN Star Parties (Rev 9-18-14)
- Category: President
- Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 16:28
Recurring Star Parties
ASN members help conduct weekly star parties at the UNR Redfield Campus MacLean Observatory, off the Mt. Rose Highway, every Friday of the month (weather permitting; event will be cancelled if skies are overcast). Contact the UNR planetarium for cancellation info and other questions.
The ASN provides monthly public telescope viewing (weather permitting) at Sparks Marina on the 3rd Friday of each month. It's on the peninsula on the west side of the Marina.
Fall 2014 Star Parties
- Martis Creek campground, Aug 16th (8:00 Sunset - 11:40 pm Moonrise)
- Girl Scouts Camp Wasiu II overnight, August 23rd: (6 members)
- ASN members only, Palomino Valley, August 23rd
- Informal ASN member’s meeting, pizza party, Sept 9
- Sparks Marina Solar Party, noon, Sept 13
- ASN members only, Wilson Commons, Sept 20
- Great Basin Astronomy Festival overnight, Sept 18-20
- ASN member’s meeting, Officer Nominations, Tuesday Oct 14
- Sparks Marina partial solar eclipse, Sparks Marina, Thursday October 23
An overnight bus trip to Lick or Mt Wilson Observatories is being discussed. We need to check on available dates and assess member interest.
80th anniversary banquet, January 17, 2015: Please RSVP to Andy D, so we can select a venue.
Honorary ASN Member John Dobson Passes Away at 98
- Category: Other Members
- Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 22:05
The Sky Above
- Category: Member Articles
- Created on Saturday, 01 June 2013 05:03
So you ‘ re interested in astronomy ( the study of the cosmos) and you’d like to learn more about the night sky. Let’s start by dividing the celestial sphere (the visible universe) into segments or regions. This has already been done for us by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). There is a finite number of eighty-eight regions (constellations) that cover our visible universe from earth. That’s not such a big number and it gets even smaller if you live in the northern hemisphere because there are quite a few constellations that are not visible to us from here. Let us focus on a very important group.
Many people say to me, especially at public star parties that they don’t know any constellations except the BIG DIPPER ( Ursa Major) and ORION. My reply is usually “ Everybody has heard of the ZODIAC and its twelve constellations.”
Now a little ‘science lesson’ to help you locate these celestial bodies. The sun , moon and planets all travel in a specific path or band across the sky. This is called the ecliptical plane or ‘ecliptic’. Cuneiform writings from Mesopotamia circa 2000 B.C. have revealed to us that ancient astronomers gave names to the groupings of stars (constellations) as they watched the sun, moon and planets pass through them each year. The Greeks adopted them from the Babylonians and passed them on to other civilizations. The word ZODIAC is a Greek word meaning a group of animals. Ancient Egypt adopted many, as well as India and China. As time passed these constellations became known as the Zodiac and over time the number of them has varied between twelve and eighteen.
We now have twelve signs of the zodiac. Each one covers 30 degrees of the sky for a total of 360 degrees which completes the ecliptic. Let’s name these famous constellations: Aries ( the ram), Taurus ( the bull), Gemini ( the twins), Cancer ( the crab), Leo ( the lion), Virgo (the virgin), Libra (the scales), Scorpio (the scorpion), Sagittarius (the archer), Capricornus (the sea-goat), Aquarius (the water-pourer), and Pisces (the fish). You may have noticed that I did not start with Aquarius but instead Aries. Technically the zodiac begins where the sun falls on the first day of spring (the vernal equinox) which is in Aries.
When you go outside and see the path the sun cuts across the sky or the path of the moon, look for the constellations we named before and try to see the creatures that ancient astronomers saw many years ago. In my next article I will focus on a few of these constellations revealing more details about them and objects found within their fixed boundaries as well as constellations nearby. I intend to pick ones that are visible between 9 and 10 PM our time.