On the night of the 11th to the 12th of August, the Perseid Meteor shower will reach its peak. So it will be especially worth it to have a look outside during the night. This year, however, the meteor shower is expected to be more spectacular - with up to 160 per hour - since the orbit of the Earth will be closer to the orbit of the comet.
Friday, September 2nd, 7 PM
asteroid occultation occurs when an asteroid passes between you
and a distant star. For a brief interval, the star’s light is
blocked, and you see it wink out. If enough people along the
path of the occultation collectvideo of the event with accurate
timing and location from GPS, the shadowon the Earth can be
mapped, showing the size and shape of the asteroid togreat
precision. Binary asteroids and asteroid moons can be detected,
and recently the Centaur asteroid Chariklo was found to have
rings via an occultation. Unknown double stars can also be
BIO: Chuck is a retired computer nerd who likes astronomy outreach and asteroid occultations. He’s hooked several people on outreach, and now he’ll try to do the same for occultations.
Chuck has been the SBAU outreach coordinator for several years, and along with other members, brings telescopes to schools, campgrounds, and hotels. During the school year, he gives lectures to various grades. He’s received awards from the Night Sky Network, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and other organizations. Chuck is most recognized for sharing his nickel-iron meteorite at outreaches. Scientific American magazine, Sky and Telescope magazine, Heavens-Above.com, Space Weather.com, and many books and websites give him the wide range of astronomical knowledge he displays during outreach and in the many planetarium presentations he delivers. His other interests include asteroid occultations, crossword puzzles, and sudoku puzzles. He lives in Santa Barbara, with his patient wife, Pat, and his noisy cat, Smokey the Royal Catness. Chuck thanks the AU for letting him share his interests in astronomy.
SBAU Telescope Workshop
Every Tuesday 7:30pm to 9:00pm
"Want to learn how to make your own telescope or learn more about astrophotography? Well, the SBAU has a Telescope Workshop! At the Telescope Workshop, we cover construction techniques for mirrors and telescopes, but also optics, cameras, and image processing software discussions. We encourage novice astronomers to come, ask questions, and even build, while advanced members are re-invited to attend if they want to discuss telescope issues not covered at the monthly meetings or just to help out. Check out http://sbautw.blogspot.com for a sample of past weekly Tuesday night sessions at the Broder Building at the Museum of Natural History."
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