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Summer/Fall 2005

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Morgan County, West Virginia


Mars is returning for a Grand Fall show. It will not be as close as the Aug. 2003 pass but it will still be pretty nice. Mars will be rising in the east near midnight at the end of August. On Sept 29 Mars reverses and on Dec 9 it reverses again to the normal forward motion throught the night sky. On Oct 9 Mars will rise in the East at approx 9 pm and be overhead ariound 3 am.

Alan Moeck

Watch a video (Quicktime movie 450kb) of Mars' path through the night sky from August 1, 2005 to February 28, 2006. Mars moves in one day increments during the movie.

The Sept 30, 2005 Member's night Star Pparty had aa very good sky. The Rift in the Milky way was extremely prominent. Venus was very prominent in the southwest as twilight befell us. Some of the objects observed tonight was M57, M13, M20, and M31 and the Double Cluster in Perseus. A short class in observational astronomy covering some of the summer constellations was also given. The next Open House will be on October 8, 2005 at 7:30pm. The next Public Star Party will be October 7, 2005 at 7:30 pm. Come out and let us show you some of Nature's Wonders in the sky.

Alan Moeck

October Sky

Sky & Tel weekly photo

Bright Venus shines low in the southwest during twilight this week, with stars of Scorpius glimmering to its left. The waxing Moon passes through on Thursday and Friday evenings, October 6th and 7th. (This scene is exact for the middle of North America. European observers: move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. The blue 10░ scale is about the size of your fist held at arm's length. For clarity, the Moon is drawn three times actual size.) Sky & Telescope diagram. Venus will be the Evening Star through early December

Mars will be at it closest during the last three weeks of Oct and the first two weeks of Nov. The closest day will be October 30, 2005

Sky & Telescope "This Week's Sky at a Glance"

Pictures Courtesey Sky and Telescope Publications

November Sky

Cassini Finds an Atmophere on Saturn's Moon Enceladus - Mar. 16, 2005

Solar System at NASA

Science at NASA

NASA Vision for Space Exploration

Space Shuttle News

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