Yearly Archives: 2014

Greg Eckes

Blood Moon Coming

Monday night, April 14th, there will be a Total Eclipse of the Moon. An eclipse of the moon happens when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. This event is sometimes called a Blood Moon. During totality the color of the moon will appear  “blood red.” This effect is caused  by the sun’s rays passing through the Earth’s atmosphere at the edge of the Earth.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Asteroid Occults Regulas

On Wednesday evening, March 19th, a rare astronomical event will take place. The asteroid Erigone will pass in front of the star Regulus in the constellation Leo. For people living in New York and eastern Canada this event will take place at 2:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. They will actually see Regulus disappear for 14 seconds.… Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

Nice Book!

My wife brought this book home  for me to review last week.  I liked it, and would recommend it as a resource for you astronomy library. the rest

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Butch Demmers

Starsplitter II For Sale

DSCN0064I have a 15″ (f4.5) Starsplitter II truss dob with NGC Max digital setting circles for sale.  I have attached a complete description of the equipment being offered as well as some photos.  If interested I can be reached via this website or 559-786-7173.


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Butch Demmers

Class Wrap-Up

Well, we’ve done it…we completed the first TAA Basic Astronomy for Amateurs  class, and what a class it was!  I would like to thank all of you who participated, and hope that it helped increase your knowledge of astronomy  and appreciation for the night sky.  We certainly appreciate all of the good comments we received on the class, and will be working to implement some of your recommendations for the next one.  … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Photo essay from the Filippenko Lecture

This was a great event. Everyone had a super time. Meeting Dr. Filippenko was exciting. The beer and food was really good. Sharing the experience with other TAA members was fantastic!


Title Screen

Alexei Filippenko

Alexei Filippenko

Expanding Universe

Expanding Universe

Save Lick Observatory

Save Lick Observatory

TAA member meet Dr. Filippenko in Fresno.

TAA member meet Dr. Filippenko in Fresno.

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Filippenko Lecture

Hi All,


I just got back from the Alex Filippenko lecture, and it was every bit as good I thought it would be. The Professor’s lecturing style in person is even better than what you see on TV. He is very well spoken, and easy to understand. This combined with clever use of puns really made for an entertaining, yet thought provoking morning.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

February Observing Night at the APO

Jupiter, Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

Jupiter, Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

The observatory is now operational, thanks to all the hard work our members did last year. It is a goal of the TAA for the members to use the APO one night a month to observe and share the night sky with each other.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Astronomy Class

The Tulare Astronomical Association


This class will be presented on six wednesday nights.  Jan 22, 29, Feb 12,19, 26, Mar 12.

This class is intended to teach the basics of astronomy. Each class will have two parts. The inside presentation and the outside viewing of the constellations, stars, moon and planets.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

TAA Annual Report 2013

I want to thank all of our TAA members for their support this year. With your help we have been able to stop the deterioration of our observatory facility and start the rebuilding the Tulare Astronomical Association.

Our club has been blessed with so many wonderful members this year. Your enthusiasm and interest in the club has been a real source of inspiration to me.… Read the rest

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