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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

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

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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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

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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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.

Enjoy!… Read the rest

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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

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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