We are nearing the end of the semester. First of all, thank you for your support in this semester.
On Friday, we are going to have the last astronomy session for this semester, during which Rong’en will guide you through the field of relativity and cosmology. We hope that you will find this session relaxing and enjoyable.
The Fourth Session
Title: Understanding Relativity through Santa Claus
Date: Friday, 29 October 2010
Please note that the venue has been changed to the second floor of the E5 Block. Also, if you have not collected your T-shirt, you can approach any exco member to do so.
Have you ever left your telescope pointing to a target after you had enjoyed an exciting observation, and gone to sleep? Well, I know you are probably too tired to pack things up, but once you take a look what happened to this guy, you won’t be so careless again. Mike Lynch, an avid amateur astronomer at Minneapolis, left his giant 14.5″ Starmaster at the observation site and went to sleep. Of course, he didn’t just leave it the way it was, as a veteran, he slewed the tube to the horizontal direction, covered it, and placed a towel at the eyepiece opening. Well, you would think this should be sufficient enough right? But guess what, during the night, the wind blew off the cover, changed the pointing of the tube up to the sky, and what is more coincidental, the sun passed through the field of view of the 14.5” Starmaster next morning! The result? With its powerful light-focusing ability, the telescope burnt itself into ashes. Next time, after you are done with your equipment, treat it nicer – I am sure you don’t want that to happen to you.
Hi, fellow astronomers! Hope your had a fruitful stargazing session last night. Well, this week, according to the forecast, it looks like we are in for a lot of exciting sights. This week, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will be visible at its central meridian. To better enjoy the Great Red Spot, it is better use a light blue or green filter during observation. Another potential target to watch is periodical comet Harley 2. Around 20th Oct, it will pass its closet to Earth. Look for it in Auriga and you shall find it in a night with clear sky.
For some more information about this week’s sky forecast, click the link:
On Friday, we would like to invite all of you to join our upcoming astronomy session. In this session we will bring your attention to the most awesome part of astronomy: extra-terrestrial intelligence. Probably questions like ” Do aliens really exist?” ” How shall we find them?” always pester you on this topic. Hope that this session will demystify some of the myths you constantly have towards extra-terrestrial intelligence.
After this small talk given by Rong’en, we are going to stargaze if the weather allows.
There has been a sudden change of plans for Astrobash XXVI. Our resort for has been changed to Avillion Port Dickson due to insufficient rooms in the previous resort. We also regret to inform that there will be a price increase of $10, with $205 for NUSAS members and Ex-Astrobashers and $215 for the rest. Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Once again, here’s the edited version of our poster: