Remembering John Dobson

1915 - 2014

A tribute from Linda Marks

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ASNH Events for April

ASNH Events

Meetings and Outreach Events

Favicon ASNH BOD Meeting

When: Tue Apr 1, 2014 7pm to Tue Apr 1, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe by Dr. Meg Urry

When: Wed Apr 2, 2014 8pm to 10pm  EDT

Where: Sturm Memorial Leture at Wesleyan Univ. CFA Hall
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Open House Bethany Observing Station Public Observing (canceled)

When: Fri Apr 4, 2014 7pm to Fri Apr 4, 2014 11pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: Once a month the Observatory is opened to the public

Favicon Discovery Museum Space Day 2014

When: Sat Apr 5, 2014 10am to 5pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Regional Water Authority Outreach Event at Lake Gaillard

When: Sat Apr 5, 2014 7pm to Sat Apr 5, 2014 10pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Al / Greg Meteorites at WAS

When: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8am to 10am  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Silver Sands State Park Public Observing

When: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7pm to Fri Apr 18, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Silver Sands State Park, Milford, CT.
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Young's Pond Park Public Observing

When: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7pm to Sat Apr 19, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Young's Pond Park, Brandford, CT
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH General Meeting

When: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7pm to Tue Apr 29, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Yale Leitner Student Observatory
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: The general membership meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.


NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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FaviconIRIS Science Cafe #2 - The Mission 23 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

You asked us about the structure of the sun and how it functions. Come learn more about how the center of our solar system really works!

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FaviconNew Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins 15 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.

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FaviconNASA to Provide Live Coverage and Commentary of April 14-15 Lunar Eclipse 11 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

The public will have the opportunity to view and learn more about the upcoming total lunar eclipse on NASA television, the agency's website and social media.

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FaviconSpaceX’s Dragon Headed to Space Station to Create Astronaut Farmers 11 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

“Enter the Dragon” takes on a whole new meaning as SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft lifts off on April 14.

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FaviconAmes' Involvement in the SpaceX-3 Resupply Launch 10 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

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Astronomy News


Something amazing every day.

Favicon'Starship View' of Earth and Moon Captured by NASA Jupiter Probe (Video) 10 Dec 2013, 4:45 pm

Display the item's primary content. NASA's Juno spacecraft captured an amazing "starship-like view" of Earth and the moon as it made a speedy flyby past our planet on its way to Jupiter in October.


FaviconHi Juno! Ham Radio Operators Call NASA’s Jupiter Spacecraft | Video 10 Dec 2013, 3:28 pm

Display the item's primary content. See how amateur ham radio operators beamed messages to NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft during its Earth flyby of Oct. 9, 2013. Did their morse code messages of hello reach Juno?


FaviconRobonaut 2, NASA's Humanoid Space Robot, Will Get Legs Soon (Video) 10 Dec 2013, 3:11 pm

Display the item's primary content. NASA's robotic astronaut helper is getting its space legs. The space agency is developing two lower limbs for Robonaut 2, a robot designed to eventually help astronauts with tasks on the International Space Station.


FaviconStarship-Style Earth Fly-By From Jupiter-Bound Probe | Video 10 Dec 2013, 2:54 pm

Display the item's primary content. This cosmic pirouette of Earth and our moon was captured by the Juno spacecraft as it flew by Earth on Oct. 9, 2013. Set be inserted into Jupiter orbit in August 2016.


FaviconSaturn’s Strange Vortex | Space Wallpaper 10 Dec 2013, 2:16 pm

Display the item's primary content. This colorful space wallpaper from NASA's Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon." Image obtained on Dec. 10, 2012 and released Dec. 4, 2013.


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Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconSpica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon 

A beautiful, reddened A beautiful, reddened

FaviconMammatus Clouds over Nebraska 

When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles? When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles?

FaviconAn Unusual Globule in IC 1396 

An Unusual Globule in IC 1396     An Unusual Globule in IC 1396

FaviconSaturn in Blue and Gold 

Why is Saturn partly blue? Why is Saturn partly blue?

FaviconClouds and Crosses over Haleakala 

Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconTotal Lunar Eclipse 15 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States, in its entirety, will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse again until 2019. This image was taken in San Jose, Calif. Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day

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FaviconClimbing Legs for Robonaut 2 Headed to International Space Station 14 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA has built and is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2 (R2), the station's robotic crewmember. The new legs are scheduled to launch on the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. These new legs, funded by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research. Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of nine feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the foot, called an "end effector," which allows the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station. A vision system for the end effectors also will be used to verify and eventually automate each limb's approach and grasp. > Read more Image Credit: NASA

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Favicon'Veggie' Experiment Launching to Station Aboard SpaceX Cargo Craft 13 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

The International Space Station's Vegetable Production System ("Veggie") experiment is on display in the News Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Veggie is a new investigation with "edible results" heading to the space station. Veggie is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops to provide the crew with appetizing, nutritious and safe fresh food and support crew relaxation and recreation. It will serve as a new space station facility as well and will provide a venue for future plant growth research. To the right of the Veggie experiment is a model of the Space Launch System (SLS), the nation's next heavy-lift launch vehicle. NASA is developing the SLS and Orion spacecraft to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, with the flexibility to launch spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, including to an asteroid and Mars. The Veggie experiment is aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft, scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 4:58 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 14, 2014. The SpaceX-3 mission is carrying almost 2.5 tons of supplies, technology and science experiments and is the third of 12 flights contracted by NASA to resupply the orbiting laboratory. Read more about cargo launching to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-3: > SpaceX’s Dragon Headed to Space Station to Create Astronaut Farmers > CASIS-Sponsored Research Heads to Space Station Aboard SpaceX-3 > International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth > NASA's Latest Smartphone Satellite Ready for Launch Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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FaviconVisiting the Renovated Flight Control Room for NASA's Orion Spacecraft 11 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

Mission Operations Director Paul Hill talks to the media as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa visit Mission Control in the newly renovated and historic White Flight Control Room, which will be used to support NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The mission patches that adorn the walls reflect the control room's previous use in the Space Shuttle Program. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), planned for December 2014, will be Orion's first mission. EFT-1 will send an uncrewed spacecraft 3,600 miles above the Earth for a two-orbit flight that will give engineers the chance to verify its design and test some of the systems most critical for the safety of the astronauts who will fly on it in the future. After traveling 15 times farther into space than the International Space Station, Orion will return to Earth at speeds near 20,000 mph, generating temperatures of up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Image Credit: NASA

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FaviconNASA Engineers Prepare Game Changing Cryotank for Testing 10 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA and Boeing engineers are inspecting and preparing one of the largest composite rocket propellant tanks ever manufactured for testing. The composite cryotank is part of NASA’s Game Changing Development Program and Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. NASA focused on this technology because composite tanks promise a 30 percent weight reduction and a 25 percent cost savings over the best metal tanks used today. The outer shell of the 18-foot-diameter (5.5-meter) cryotank is the same size as propellant tanks used on today’s full-size rockets. The tank was manufactured at the Boeing Developmental Center in Tukwila, Wash., and like artists, the team demonstrated their passion and commitment by signing their work. The silver signatures of the NASA and Boeing team members are visible on the black dome end of the tank. NASA’s Super Guppy delivered the tank in March 2014 to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the Kmag, a 96-wheeled cargo truck, transported the tank to a Marshall Center test area. The 28,000-gallons (105.992- liter) tank will be insulated and placed in a test stand where it will be loaded with liquid hydrogen cooled to extremely cold, or cryogenic temperatures. The orange ends of the tank are made of metal and will attach to the test stand so that structural loads can be applied similar to those the tank would experience during a rocket launch. This advanced composite cryotank could benefit many of NASA’s deep space exploration spacecraft including NASA's Space Launch System, the largest most powerful rocket ever built. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Fred Deaton › Alternate view #1 › Alternate view #2

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Faces of the Moon A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

There Once Was A Sky Full Of Stars A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography A new book by ASNH member Ruben Kier Click the book below for a review from Springer.com

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