[Chaos-l] Tuesdays meeting and yesterdays observing
jhanzak at unctv.org
Thu Mar 15 09:09:46 EDT 2012
What an awesome week. Tuesday's meeting was very well attended. We had 25 people in attendance and
most were astronomy folks. Tony Rice did a great presentation about Juno, the latest Jupiter probe. Don't worry if you missed
the probe, it will be passing past earth one more time. You can wave as it passes by.
I talked about the star party. It's hard to believe that it is next week. Staunton River staff and CHAOS are locked and loaded and ready to go.
This is too exciting. I'm starting to lose sleep in eager anticipation.
Last night we had six CHAOS members out at Creekside Elementary School showing the students and teachers the night sky.
Jupiter, Venus and Mars put on a great showing. The Orion nebula was a pleasure to look at even with the city lights. The observing field
was pretty good considering the street lights that were a couple of hundred feet away. Everyone had an awesome time and I'm sure
that the event is a hot topic today.
I still haven't figured out if I enjoy hearing the gasps from the children or from the adults that see a planet for the first time. I lean
to the adult because the telescope truly becomes a time machine as an adult becomes a child when they get their first glimpse. But
a child will carry the image in their head for the rest of time, and that first look may have altered their path in life.
Hmmm... too deep.
Thanks to everyone who came out to these events. It's nice to be a member of a club that goes out and shares astronomy. It's way
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