The TAA members held their annual star party at Big Meadows this year on August 26-27, At an altitude of 7,705 feet, the sky was clear and the temperature was perfect. Low 80’s during the day and 45 deg. at night.I will have to say that we all had lots of fun and laughs.… Read the rest
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
Hey everyone! If you weren’t there, you missed a great meeting this last week. Greg had lots of good information on comets, asteroids, and Jupiter, as well as the usual club business. But the real fun was playing our first ever round of The Great TAA Astronomy Trivia Challenge. We divided the group into two teams, and each team got a crack at answering some pretty challenging (but practical) astronomy questions.… Read the rest
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
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
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
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
Hey Tasheena, I’m not able to place a comment on your post. Don’t know what the issue is!… Read the rest
Last Saturday the TAA had another work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. The place is slowly coming together. Here is what we got done.
- Deva single handily cleaned the dome. I mean cleaned it! She literally scrubbed it down and moped it out from top to bottom. I don’t think it has ever been done.