Yearly Archives: 2013

Butch Demmers

January Reminders

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all planning for a wonderful holiday season loaded with food, fun, friends and family.  I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind our members that club dues are due at out January meeting.  Please come prepared to make your payment, as your dues help our club grow and meet out monthly expenses.  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Tribute to Tom Logan

Tom Logan

Tom Logan

This week the TAA lost a great friend and wonderful supporter, Tom Logan. He passed away at home on Thanksgiving Day. Services will be held on December 14th at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Visalia.

Tom joined the TAA in 2002 after buying his telescope from a friend.Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Constellation of the Month

Beginning in January 2014 the TAA will be including our Constellation of the Month program on the website.   Information will include a description of the constellation (brightest stars, notable celestial objects, etc.), mythology, important facts, and a link to a printable star map.

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Greg Eckes

Alexei Filippenko coming to the valley to speak

Alexia-FillipenkoDr. Alex Filippenko, is coming to the valley to give a lecture on “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe”. Butch found this and thought that it would a fun activity for our club to do. The date is February 19, 2014, 10:30 am at the  William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

First public event in ten years at APO a big success!

Connie Sousa poses with a telescope in the Astro Physics Center.

Connie Sousa (guest) poses with a telescope in the Manro Astro Physics Center.

The Tulare Astronomical Association held its first public event at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in ten years on October 12, 2013. It was a great success. Most of our club members worked at the event. Jeanne, Sue and Tom greeted people as they entered and collected fees.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

October Desert Skies Report

Waiting for the stars

Waiting for the stars

Two weeks ago, Butch, my brother Dave and I went looking for dark skies close to home. Butch had taken a drive to Colonel Allensworth Stat Park, earlier in the year. He noticed that it was located in the middle of nowhere and thought that it would be a great place to view the sky.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

TAA Newspaper Articles

If you haven’t heard already, our club had two articles published about our upcoming “Preview and Star Party” this weekend. I was vary happy about the way they came out. Each article is completely different. Each reporter took different approaches. Links to the articles are below. If you haven’t seen them yet, do so before they go down.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Media Team

Hey Tasheena, I’m not able to place a comment on your post.  Don’t know what the issue is!… Read the rest

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Media Team

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Butch Demmers

Comet Ison

Hey all you star-gazers out there.  Don’t miss out on what could be one of the biggest astronomical events of the year!  Comet Ison (C/2012 S1) is approaching the inner Solar System and should become visible to the naked eye later this month and throughout all of next month.  If predictions are right, the comet could be as bright as the full moon on closest approach to the Sun!  … Read the rest

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