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The Warren Astronomical Society Paper
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Volume 32, Number 9September, 2000

astro chatter Astro Chatter
by Larry Kalinowski

The Fourth Annual Kensington Star Party went off without a hitch, thanks to all the clubs that participated for the event. Astronaut Lousma gathered the biggest group of listeners but that was expected. The sky co-operated [continued]

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by Larry Kalinowski


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by Joe Van Poucker


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Pictures from the WAS Picnic



astro chatter Astro Chatter, continued

and the evening revealed the comet Linear S4 on both nights. The best view being shown on Dave D'Onofrio's portable STV integating station by SBIG. The digitized picture was piped into a large 20 inch monitor and many gathered around to see the solar system's latest visitor. Even though the predicted magnitude was about 4.0, earlier in the year, our visitor checked in around sixth or seventh magnitude on Saturday night. About fifty youngsters gathered around telescopes to get their observing lists checked off, so they could qualify for astronomical stickers and star charts from Rider's Hobby Shop vendor table that night. I wasn't there on Friday night but with the weather about the same, I imagine participation was about the same. If you missed this fourth annual event, you missed a grand time.

It looks as though Comet Linear S4 is performing far better than expected. On July 24, just before the comet reached perihelion, the nucleus began to elongate. That is the first positive indication of a breakup. Small chunks of matter where seen falling away even days before by a professional astronomer named Mark Kidger. Telegrams and CCD photos to Brian Marsden, the head comet man in the US, prepared the rest of the astronomical community for the news. Unfortunatly, the breakup made the visual magnitude dimmer. A detailed discription of the breakup is given by Kidger on the Internet. You can also find additional pictures of the break-up by surfing for the latest Hubble pictures.

The program MoonCalc, as discussed on page 70 of the September,2000 issue of Sky And Telescope, is available from the club's library. If you like Moon data, this program has plenty, including a section that calculates how early a crescent can be viewed from your part of the world. The price is a dollar for all club members.

The August computer meeting will be held at Gary Gathen's home on Thursday, the 24th. His address is 21 Elm Park. Three blocks south of the I-696 expressway and about half a block west of Woodward in Pleasant Ridge. The September computer meeting will be on the 28th. You can reach Gary at 248-543-3366 for further information.

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The SwapShop

This is a new column for those who are interested in buying, trading or selling items. Call 810-776-9720 (larrykalinowski@yahoo.com) if you want to put an item for sale or trade in this section of the WASP. The ad will run for six months. The month and year the ad will be removed, is also shown.
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icon Macomb Meeting Minutes

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icon New Members


New Members for July 2000: Matthew Fogarty of Warren, MI

W.A.S. Anniversaries for September 2000:
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Pictures from the WAS Picnic


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Blaine

Dennis observing sun through the new Newtonian head

Clay Kessler making dinner before observing

Mike

Mike and wife relaxing before observing

Larry, Sandy and MaryLou

Joe VanPoucker and Mike Simonsen; Dennis, Donna avoiding afternoon sun


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