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Tonight, Jeff MacLeod
of the Warren Astronomical Society will be giving a presentation
"Orbital Maneuvers: How Apollo Got To The Moon". Navigating to the Moon
is no easy task, it is a careful orchestration of maneuvers. Jeff will
be our flight director through a nominal mission to the Moon. There
will probably be a demonstration of parabolic trajectories. Time
permitting, he will cover other maneuvers like docking with
International Space Station. Jeff will also have
an "added entertaining addition" to his talk.
Come see what it is.
Don't forget to bring your warm clothes, as we hopefully will be observing after Jeff's presentation.
The Ford Amateur
Astronomy Club's annual asronomy conference and swap meet will be held
at a new location this year. It will be on the Eastern Michigan
University Campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 3rd floor of Strong Hall.
There will be general
astronomy presentations, technical talks for amateur astronomers, a
swap meet, observatory tours, and planetarium shows. Here is the link
to the flyer with all the details, including maps, etc. 2017fordconf
Seven Ponds Astronomy Club will again be participating in the D-Bar-A Scout Ranch star party near Metamora, Mi. There will be solar observing in the late afternoon, then various presentations in the main lodge, and then to cap off the days activities, there will be telescope observing in the evening. As of this listing, plans are still being formulated as far as activities, presentation titles, etc. Keep checking this website as details become known.
Tonights meeting is a
newly scheduled event as our original activity at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch
for this date has been cancelled. Bob MacFarland will be presenting
"Cloudy Days" - very appropriate for here in Michigan!! Bob was
originally scheduled to give his talk at our February Chili Night, but
the power outage we experienced at that meeting prevented him from
Don't forget to bring your warm clothes, as we hopefully will be observing after Bob's presentation.
May 16, from noon until 4:00pm, the astronomy
club will celebrating National Astronomy Day in downtown Oxford,
Michigan at Centennial Park. We will have telescopes available for
viewing the Sun - safely. We will have dedicated solar scopes and
regular telescopes fitted with special solar filters to safely view the
This activity replaces our original activity scheduled for downtown Oxford, Michigan.
The club will be helping Longway Planetarium in Flint with solar scopes for an afternoon activity.
Their website is: http://sloanlongway.org/Longway-Planetarium/
We will set up scopes on the sidewalk immediately in front of the entrance to the planetarium. The planetarium will be having planetarium shows during the afternoon so we should be quite busy as people will have to pass by us on the way in and on the way out. If you have a scope and a safe solar filter, please join us.
The address is: 1310 East Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503 Phone: 810-237-3400.
If you have any questions relating
to astronomy, please contact me at 248-969-2790, or via e-mail at
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