Yearly Archives: 2014

Greg Eckes

How to land on a comet

On November 12th the ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA will land on a comet. This will be a first for mankind. The probe is called the Rosetta Space Craft after the Rosetta Stone found in Egypt. We are going to learn so much about our solar system. This is very exciting.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Lunar Eclipse Report

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-8-14 @ 7 P<

Moonrise over Arthur Pursell Observatory on 10-7-14 @ 7 PM

Last weeks eclipse party at the Arthur Pursell Observatory was an enjoyable event.  The temperature was perfect. I didn’t have to put a jack on until 1 AM. We had seven members and two visitors come out to see the eclipse.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Blood Moon Rising

You don’t want to miss this event! This will be the best total lunar eclipse in our area for several years. The weather will be nice and the sky should be clear. During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a beautiful dark orange, then takes on a totally different appearance when it turns blood red.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Spectacular August Conjunction of Jupiter & Venus

Get up early this week and witness a spectacular conjunction. You don’t want to miss this one!

A conjunction is when two or more solar objects objects appear unusually close together. If you watch the objects over a period of time, say one week, you will notice how the objects are moving together and then apart.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

A big THANK YOU to Troop 251

It has been quiet this summer at the APO. Still, things are getting done at the observatory. On July 11, the Boy Scouts of Troop 251 came out to the APO and spread bark on the East and South sides of the observatory grounds. The temperature was in the low 90’s.  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

A Twenty-Four Year Telescope Odyssey

My love of telescopes started when I first looked through one at the age of twelve. My neighbor was out in his front yard with a 60-millimeter Tasco Telescope that he had just purchased. He showed me the moon and I was forever changed.

In high school I learned how to make a telescope from reading a book by Allen R.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Look for the Meteor Storm

All TAA member; Next Friday night, May 23, our planet will pass through the debris trail of comet 209P/LINEAR as we discussed at our last meeting. Here is more info about the event. Remember that we will have a club observing party at the APO for this event. Bring you lawn chairs, binoculars and scopes to observe some Messier objects and this meteor shower.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Solar System Extravaganza

Bring your lawn chair, a light jacket, binoculars and enjoy an evening under the stars at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. This is a special astronomical event because four planets will be visible along with the moon. Mars and Jupiter have just passed opposition and Saturn is going to reach opposition on May 10th.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

TAA has a YouTube Channel

Hi everyone,

The TAA now has a YouTube channel. We will use this channel to upload our simulations and other videos for streaming and higher resolution images. I have just uploaded a video that I made of the eclipse set to music. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Greg Eckes

Eclipse Report

Here is my story. What did you see? Subscribe to our website and post your comment here. If you took pictures let me know and I will help you upload them.

Eclipse 4/14/14

Monday night was the total eclipse of the moon. Marvin Demmers (Butch) and I spent the week in Angels Camp with our wives.… Read the rest

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