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Greg Eckes

“NASA Spin-Offs” December 7th

The December TAA meeting will feature NASA Solar System Ambassador, Rich Manley. He will talk about the space program and how it has affected our daily lives. He will show some of the products and technologies that were developed by NASA to make the spacecraft lighter, safer, smarter.

Rich Manley has an interesting background.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Visalia Farmer’s Market & Perseid Meteor Shower Update

I want to thank Pete Cowper, Marvin Demmers, Mike Lopez & Jose Saenz for coming out on short notice to help me with the Farmer’s Market booth. We joined the National Park Service to help them promote their “Dark Sky Festival”. Jose went to the festival August 6th and reported that it was a big success.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Astronomy Day in the Times Delta

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/2015/04/20/astronomy-day-celebrated-public-star-party/26100229/Read the rest

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Butch Demmers

California City Observing

Hi all!  I just wanted to give a very brief update on our recent dark site observing event in California City.  Well, first of all, we had a GREAT time!  Greg Eckes and Greg’s brother from Sparks, Nevada was there, as well as myself, Mike Blase, and Greg’s next door neighbors, Ray and Sandy.  Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

What’s up February 2015

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Butch Demmers

Close Encounter

There was an article in the Times-Delta this morning saying that Earth had a close encounter with a large asteroid today.  The rock was apparently as large as the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, and had it hit us dead on, it would certainly have been lights out!  Thing is, I did not hear anything about this until today.  … Read the rest

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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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