The Warren Astronomical Society Paper
Volume 30, Number 5, May, 1998
Table of Contents
by Larry Kalinowski
(Editor's Note: Due to the lack of significant computer news, this month's column will
contain only astronomical news. Sorry computer buffs.)
Mark your calendar on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. That's the days for the 2nd Annual
Kensington Metro Park Spring Festival and Astronomical Bash (star party). Astronomical
clubs from southeastern Michigan will be there, selling, demonstrating and teaching
astronomy to all who may be interested. Our twenty-two inch Dob will be there and
so will dozens of other telescopes. There will be a car fee charged at the entrance
gate if you don't have a Metropark pass.
If your planning to participate in the astronomy day festivities at Cranbrook on
Saturday, May 2, you'll still have time to pack up your 'scope and be at Kensington
Mertropark in the evening.
Cy-don-ia, Cy-don-ia....what makes your big face so hard....to recognize as a natural
formation? Mars' Global Surveyor returned another picture of the notorious face on Mars
and this time, from another lighting perspective, it shows a typical desert formation
of gullies and ravines. Quite a natural setting, even if I have to say so myself. Lets's
face it (pun) anyone can see something unnatural in natural formations, if they keep
The X-38, a space glider that has been designed to return six astronauts from the
International Space Station, has been successfully launched and returned, in an unmanned
mode, from the underbody of a B-52 bomber. This test brings us one step closer to that
multinational space effort and a vehicle that can return humans from space in case of
The Keck telescope has discovered the most distant galaxy known to man. It's called RD1
and the distance is supposed to be twelve billion light years. That makes the universe
at least twelve billion years old, enforcing the estimate that it could be as much as
fifteen billion, as some astronomers believe.
If you're new to astronomy as a hobby and need to make a decision regarding which
magazine to subscribe to (Astronomy or Sky And Telescope), I would recommend Astronomy
magazine if you're a novice. Sky And Telescope is recommended if you've been into
astronomy for awhile or are an advanced amateur.
AN APRIL COMPUTER MEETING. After three months of no meetings at all, the computer
group will gather again at the home of Jack Szymanski. Jack is a well known amateur
astrophotographer, computer buff and audiophile, a combination that, more than once,
has generated music of the night in past astronomy presentations at local, regional
and national conventions. He welcomes any one interested in those activities to join
him at his home in Mt. Clemens, MI, at 23568 Myrtle. Tel: 810-468-5479. A map will
be available at the next Macomb meeting, showing how to locate his residence. A free
Windows planetarium program will be given to all new attendees.
Even though the computer group meetings are being discontinued at my place, there
will be additional meetings in the future. Gary Gathen will continue to hold meetings
in the months of May through October. Other meetings will be scheduled at other places
throughout the year. Keep your eyes on this column for announcements. You can reach me
at 810-776-9720 if you have any other questions related to astronomy and computers.
Minutes of Meetings
by Bob Watt
Macomb, March 19 1998
- Dave opened the meeting...
- Meeting closed at 10:05.
- PRESIDENT DAVE D'ONOFRIO -opened the meeting at 7:42 PM with 38 members and 1 guest.
- Dave went over the following items
- Tonight's program will be is titled LIGHT POLLUTION.
- Details of ASTRONOMY DAY at CRANBROOK on May 2, a sign-up sheet will be sent around for
anyone wanting to set up for this event.
- The clubs SUMMER PICNIC will be at STARGATE on June 20.
- FAMILY NIGHT at CRANBROOK will be October 1.
- Interested members are asked to submit suggestions for items our club may need to
purchase for future use.
- Details for the GLAAC ASTRONOMY DAY at KENSINGTON PARK on MAY 1 and 2.
- The meeting with HURON-METRO PARK people on Sunday, April 5.
- Dave asked for ideas for programs for our meetings.
- OFFICER REPORTS:
- BLAINE McCULLOUGH, 2nd VP- Blaine went over the availability of telescopes at Stargate
and the condition of each scope. He noted a problem at Stargate with leaks in the dome,
the leak is in the edge of the dome opening. The next scheduled outing at Stargate will be
on June 19 and 20, 8:00PM rain or shine.
Blaine related details of the Fish Lake Star party, a good time was had by everyone in
spite of the poor viewing conditions. The clubs 22-inch telescope became the focal point
at this get together and due to poor skies it was decided to put on a seminar using the 22-inch
to show the procedure for cleaning reflecting mirrors. The mirror was taken out of the cell and
Bob Justin from EMU cleaned it. At present the scope is back together and the mirror is in the
same condition as when purchased, beautiful! Now if the mirror needs cleaning Blaine claims he
is the person to do the job.
- BOB WATT, Secretary- Spoke on the highlights of the minutes of the previous meeting.
- STEVE GREEN, TREASURER- Anyone asking about subscriptions to CCD ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE
were told that it is out of print. Three proposals are up for vote in May, 1- to change the
senior membership age to 60 (now 65) and to add spouses at no extra cost. 2- To change the
spending limits from $25.00 to $100.00. 3- To send the WASP to all members homes as a
portion of the cost of membership without raising club dues.
- DOUG BOCK, DEEP SKY CHAIRMAN- On May 22-26 there will be an outing at Doug's Boon
location near Cadillac, MI. The next Fenton, MI get together will take place on June 26 and 27.
- LOUIS NAMEE, LIBRARIAN- Went over the use of our library at Macomb and asked for the
return of over due books.
- CLUB NOTES, Mort Sterling had an update on Senate Bill #4254. He will inform us of
any movements as this bill makes it's way through the Senate. Mort has a list of senators
names and addresses for our use in contacting them.
- Kim Dyer, there will be an open house at Michigan State University to use the 24-inch
F-8 scope with supervision on the first Friday and Saturday of May.
- Frank Spisak asked if anyone has extra astronomy slides for sale.
- The Break was at 8:10 PM.
- Tonight's program was done by Dave D'Onofrio on light pollution covering many aspects
of the problem. Information sheets were handed out.
- The meeting ended at 10:10 PM.
Cranbrook, April 3, 1998
- Dave D'Onofrio opened the meeting...
- The meeting ended at 10:14 PM.
- PRESIDENT DAVE D'ONOFRIO, Opened the meeting at 7:48 PM with 39 members and 1 guest.
Tonight's program will take place in the auditorium after the break, it will be on the
recent solar eclipse in the Aruba area.
- There will be a Star Trek convention at the Dearborn Civic Center on April 25 and 26.
At previous conventions our member telescopes were welcome to set up , not so this time.
If you are planning to take a scope to this convention you will be required to buy table
space. Some questions came up concerning Lunar Certificates, please see our 1st VP, John
Herrgott also the need for these certificates to be placed at Stargate.
- OFFICER REPORTS:
- BLAINE McCULLOUGH, 2nd VP- Gave details of his trip to FISH LAKE STAR PARTY, good
time, 2 hours of fair viewing time. Reprints were handed out covering Astronomy Day at
Cranbrook and the Kensington star party. There may be a bonus at the Cranbrook outing,
setting up in one of the new buildings.
- STEVE GREEN, TREASURER- Steve went over the three proposals to be voted on in May.
A new phone list is available.
- LARRY KALINOWSKI, COMPUTER GROUP- The next meeting of the computer subgroup will be
held at Jack Szymanski's home on April 23, 7:30 PM, 23568 Myrtle, Clinton Twp.
- The break was at 8:15 PM.
- Tonights program was in the auditorium put on be Bob Halsall and Marty Kunz. Bob
showed video of his trip and video and slides of the eclipse. Marty added his slides
of the eclipse. A very interesting program.
- The meeting ended at 10:12 PM.
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