North Jersey Astronomical Group previous years

Events in 2015:

December 9, Carol Hyde, What Was the Star of Bethlehem? and the Annual Solstice Celebration

November 18, Wednesday, Star Party at Clifton Elementary School #11

November 11, Kevin Urban, NJIT Center for Solar Terrestrial Research, Earth Voyage: Sailing the Seas of the Solar Wind

November 5, 7:05 PM, Matt Damon in "The Martian" at AMC at Clifton Commons

October 16, Friday, 6:30-8 PM Star Party at Clifton Elementary School #15 at 700 Gregory Ave.

October 14, Mark Zdziarski, Jan Krakora, Kevin Conod, Joe Sardina and Mary Lou West, NJAG, Summer Star Parties Remembered

September 27, Sunday 9 PM - midnight, Total Lunar Eclipse, Riker Hill Art Park, 276 Beaufort Ave, Livingston

September 9, Dr. Deborah Freile of New Jersey City University, The Demise of the Dinosaurs: Bolide Impact or Flood Basalts, back at MSU

July 8, Mark Zdziarski (NJAG), The Geological History of the Moon, at Banyan School, 12 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield

June 10, Kevin Conod (Planetarium Manager at the Newark Museum, NJAG), From the Asteroid Belt to the Kuiper Belt. The Dawn spacecraft is exploring the asteroid belt and it reached the dwarf planet Ceres in March. By July the New Horizons missions will reach Pluto. At Banyan School, 12 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield

May 13, Montclair State University students presenting their projects in astronomy and physics.
• Modeling Gravitational Waves for Elliptical Orbits – Blake Moore
• Gravitational Lensing of Light Near Black Holes – Nicholas Drywa
• Nonlinear Gravitational Wave Memory from Merging Binary Black Holes – Goran Dojcinoski
• Fluid-Structure interactions – Doralia Castillo and Ma. Karina Soriano

April 8, Joseph Sardina, Astroimaging with Video Cams: the MallinCam has changed astronomical observing from looking through an eyepiece to looking at a live image on your laptop. Enjoy virtual observing with other amateurs broadcasting live from around the world at Joseph’s Night Skies Network during the meeting.

March 11, Chuck Keeton (Rutgers U), "A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter"

February 11, Bernie Kelm (Naval Research Lab) by Skype, The Future Capabillity of Robotic Repair Satellites Benefit from Satellite Astronomy Today"

January 14, 40 minute Video, Deep Freeze


Programs in 2014:

December 10, Annual Solstice Celebration, bring food and stories to share.

November 19, Wednesday, Star Party at Clifton School #11, 6:30-8 PM

November 12, Grace Casalino, Skylands Astronomy Club, The Early History of Space Flight

October 8, Barry Malpas, The Discovery Channel Telescope and Other Observatories in Northern Arizona

September 10, Mary Lou West (NJAG), Spectra: Demos and Projects

August, No meeting

July 9, Mark Zdziarski (NJAG), Eyepiece Choices, Banyan School in Fairfield.

June 11, Helder Jacinto (AAI), The Art and Science of Meteorites, Library at Banyan School in Fairfield. we will have dinner at 6:00 with the speaker, this time at a NEW DINER, Park West Diner on Route 46 westwards, only 1.5 miles west of Valley Road (MSU).After dinner we will drive another 4.5 miles further west on Route 46 (past Willowbrook Mall) to exit onto Hollywood Road going north. Follow Hollywood about 2 miles as it bends around toward the west. Finally turn left into the big parking lot at Banyan School and St Thomas More church (12 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield). The school is a low beige brick building just before the church.

May 14, MSU Students present their astronomy and physics projects
• The Farthest Planet Found – Nicholas Drywa
• Detection of Dark Matter – Olivia-Ann Perez
• Listening to the Universe: A Gravitational-Wave Sounds Catalog – Goran Dojcinoski and Blake Moore
• Harmonic Software – Josh Kilian-Meneghin
• Equilibrium Configuration of Fibers in a Flow – Pamela Guerron
• Channel Flow of an Inhomogeneous Fluid – Joseph Fiordilino
• The Physics Club's homemade Hovercraft

April 15, lunar eclipse watch 3-5 AM at Riker Hill Art Park (cancelled due to clouds)

April 9, Alan Midkiff and Emily Mailhot, NWJAA, Asteroids and Their Moons

April 5, Outreach to the Glen Ridge STEM Festival

March 20, 2:06 AM EDT, Occultation of Regulus by asteroid 163 Erigone (cancelled due to clouds)

March 12, Clif Ashcraft, AAI, Planetary Imaging with Webcam and computer

February 18, Presentation and Star Party at the Verona Public Library

February 12, Mark Zdziarski (NJAG) and Victor Truglio, The Ins and Outs of Buying and Selling to Optimize Your Astronomy Setup

January 8, Video "Voyage to the Unknown" about the construction of the Subaru telescope.


Programs in 2013:

December 11, Annual Solstice Party, bring food and stories to share

November 13, Marc Favata, MSU, Update on LIGO and Gravitational Waves

Tuesday November 12, Star Party "Reading Under the Stars" at Clifton School #11, 6:30-8 PM

November 3 at dawn, Partial eclipse of the sun, 6:30 - 7:30 AM, at the 9/11 memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange (cancelled due to clouds, but there was a tiny break in the clouds and Phil F. got a picture!)

Sunday October 20, "Gravity" a 3D film with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Clifton Commons, 4 PM

October 9, Jeremy Murphy, Princeton University, Dark Matter and Dark Energy

September 11, Phil Fimiani, NJAG, Radio Astronomy: History and Research Applications for Professionals and Amateurs

August, no meeting

July 10, Helder Jacinto, AAI, Solar Observing and Imaging

June 12, Aaron Zuckerman, AAI, Why the Universe Makes My Brain Hurt

May 8, MSU student research projects in astronomy and physics:
• Seasons by the Length of a Shadow – Goran Dojcinoski
• The Extinction of Stars – Wayne Ernst
• Spectra of Jupiter – Josh Kilian-Meneghin and Elena Naumoff
• The True Colors of the Sun – Pamela Guerron and Oscar Feliciano
• Sunspots – Bemilton Suero and Amanda Rutkiewicz
• Magnetic Properties of a Martian Meteorite – Deepa Shah
• Cylinders and Wakes in Flowing Water – Wayne Ernst
• Star Colors and Temperatures – Stef McDermott

April 10, Andrew Kessler, Martian Summer: Robot Arms and Cowboy Spacemen. Kessler lived out every childhood space fantasy you ever had--before you grew up and got a real job. He describes what it’s like to be a regular guy hanging out in mission control for NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander expedition to the Red Planet, a true-life account of the personalities and pains, exhilarating highs and crushing lows that you face in workaday mission control. Copies of his book will be for sale.

March 13, Brandon Patel, Rutgers, The Evidence for Dark Energy from Type Ia Supernovae

February 13, Travis Keeler, MSU, The Meteorite with Armoured Chondrules

January 9, NASA video "Ringworld: the Story of Cassini" and election of officers


Programs in 2012:

December 12, Annual Solstice Celebration. Bring food, please.

November 14, Laura Venner, The Simple Truth 2012 - Doomsday Deception Revealed

October 10, Dr. Marc Favata (MSU, LIGO), Gravitational Waves: ripples in the gravitational field that propagate through space and time. What are the sources that produce them: colliding black holes, neutron stars, supernovae, and other exotic phenomena?

September 12, Keith Murdock, RAC, The Tunguska Event: A Spaceborne Catastrophe, a Scientific Mystery, and a Cautionary Tale

Tuesday July 17, Star Party at Liberty Science Center, 6:30-9 PM for solar viewing, IMAX film "Space Junk", and then Saturn and Mars.

July 11, Mark Zdziarski suggested a Facebook page. Mary Lou West instructed members on Using the MSU Meade 12 inch LX200 GPS telescope

June 13, Summer Ash, Columbia University, The Far Universe, (cancelled by illness)

Wednesday, June 6, Air and Space Day at Colonial Roads Elementary School in Franklin Lakes, 11:30-3 PM

Tuesday, June 5, Transit of Venus, at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 6-7:30 PM, organized by Kevin Conod and the staff at the Dreyuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum (973-596-6529). Unfortunately, this was pretty much clouded out. We saw Venus in front of the sun for about 20 seconds, twice. That's all.
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

Thursday May 24, 8:30 Star Party at Schuyler School in Kearny. Cancelled by the weather.

May 9, MSU student research projects in astronomy and physics:
Black holes, supermassive and stellar - Goran Dojcinoski
Rims of chondrules in meteorites -Travis Keeler
Penetrating cosmic rays, and Exoplanet temperatures - Will Hernandez
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids – Brian Ruderman
Spiral stairway to heaven, and Lagrange Points - Wayne Ernst
Hohmann transfer orbits, gravity assists, and Biomechanics of cilia and wings - Pamela Guerron

April 11, Curiosity, the Next Generation Mars Rover, Kevin Conod, NJAG and Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum. Come learn about Curiosity, NASA's new Mars rover, that will land on the red planet this summer. It will explore the planet's climate, geology and the possibility of life. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. Curiosity will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.

Friday, March 16, Spring Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 8-10 PM, Cancelled by clouds.
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

March 14, Tom Field (Rspec), Introduction to Spectroscopy

February 8, Supernova Physics, Mary Lou West

January 11, Universe or Multiverse? part of the NOVA video "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene


Programs in 2011:

December 14, Annual Winter Solstice Party, bring snacks and drinks!

Sunday December 4, Trip to the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum, hosted by Kevin Conod

November 9, Bonnie Witzgall (AAI), Keeping Count of the Solar System with Sub-Totals

Friday October 21, Star Party at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, Cancelled by weather

October 12, Kevin Conod (NJAG and UACNJ) " All About Asteroids and the DAWN Spacecraft"

September 14, Rob Teeter (Teeter's Telescopes and NJAG) "Telescope Making, crazy customers, and strange requests" in nine years in the telescope business.He was recently featured in Astronomy Technology Today, on the cover and in a two-page article.

Saturday August 27, 9 AM, IMAX film "Hubble in 3D" free at the AMC Clifton Commons 16.

Saturday, August 20, road trip to Highpoint Scientific Co. (telescope showroom), Dimmick Inn, and High Point State Park, where some climbed the 220 foot tower.

July 13: Joe Marzullo and Gene Falkner (NJAG), Astrophotography.

Friday, July 8, Star Party at Riker Hill Art Park, 9-11 PM with the Newark Museum Dreyfuss Planetarium staff (Cancelled by thunderstorms).

Thursday, June 30, Star Party at SOC 9-11 PM for northern NJ LSAMP program. Super!

Thursday, June 9, Star Party at Schuyler School in Kearny (Cancelled by thunderstorms).

June 8: Dr. Bob Vanderbei, Princeton, "Sizing Up the Universe," his new book with Richard Gott. He will also bring along a few copies to sell for $20.

May 11: MSU Student Research Projects in Astronomy and Physics:
1. Measauring Meteorite Properties - Ann Bannister
2. Measurement of the Lifetime of Charged Muons in Cosmic Rays - Tim Riesz
3. Quasar Color Variations in Outbursts - Matthew Rossi and Garrett Nieddu
4. Anti-cyclonic Vortices in Keplerian Flows in Star-forming Disks– Alex Cali
5. Temperature Effects on Metals and Thermistors – Wayne Ernst
6. Thermocouples to Measure Sap Flow – Korrine Dobosh
7. DNA Flow in Electrophoresis Gels – Travis Keeler

April 13: Krishnadas Kootale, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and Secretary of the United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, "Eyes in Space". Space based observatories have played a key role in the advancement of astronomy in the last few decades. He will take a look at how they are able to contribute uniquely to our understanding of the objects and dynamics in the solar system and beyond by taking a look at a few major telescopes in space and their accomplishments.

March 9: Bob Lindner, Rutgers University, Star-forming Galaxies

February 12: Film BLAST (Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope) by Paul Devlin. Enjoy the scientific suspense!

January 12: Cancelled by SNOW


Programs in 2010:

December 8, Annual Solstice Celebration

November 10, Bill Kroth, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Meteorites: What can they tell us about the beginning of the solar system?

October 13, Mary Lou West, MSU & NJAG, Quasars: Beacons from the Past

September 8, Tim Lynch (MKA), A Travelogue: Voyages of Discovery and of "Discovery" (Seeing a shuttle Launch and attending SETIcon)

July 14, Dr. Saurabh Jha, Rutgers, Surveying the Universe with Supernovae
The last decade has seen a revolution in our understanding of the history and contents of our Universe. He will describe how we use a class of exploding stars, called type Ia supernovae, to measure the expansion history of the Universe. Observations of bright, nearby supernovae (often discovered by amateur astronomers), combined with measurements of faint, distant supernovae have led us to the astounding conclusion that the Universe is expanding faster and faster, driven by "dark energy" about which much remains to be learned.

Dr. Jha is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. His research focuses on studying exploding white dwarf stars called Type Ia supernovae, and using them as cosmological tools with which to survey the Universe. A New Jersey native, Prof. Jha received his Ph.D. in astronomy in 2002 from Harvard University, and subsequently was a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, as well as a Panofsky Fellow in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 2007 Prof. Jha was a co-recipient of the Gruber Cosmology Prize, as part of the High-z Supernova Search Team, for the joint discovery of the accelerating Universe. His current research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NASA.

June 9, Phil Fimiani, NJAG, In Search of the Large Telescope: Has the biggest been built?
Some historical perspectives, old and new technologies, the future.
A look at the large telescopes of the world and the technologies within them. Do they still hold promise in future research as Hubble awes and humbles, with all it sees? Can an earthbound telescope still play a significant role in astronomical research? It seems earthbound optical tools still have a significant role to play in our search for clues of the cosmos.

May 12, MSU Student Research Projects in Astronomy and Physics:
1. Laboratory Models of Folding in Geology – Deepa Shah
2. The Trojan Asteroids – Alex Cali
3. Galaxy Collisions – Dawn Haider and Craig Lapierre
5. Variations in Quasar Colors Over Time– Garrett Nieddu
6. The Hubble Diagram– Oscar Patterson
7. The Blinker, A Model of the Eye – Paul McLaughlin

April 14, Kevin Conod, Newark Museum Dreyfuss Planetarium and NJAG, Planetariums: Theaters of Time and Space

March 10, Lonny Buinis, Raritan Valley College, Singing Moon Rocks and Dancing Astronaut - the making of "The Moonrock Rock"!

February 10, cancelled by a blizzard

January 13, Corey Oses, NJAG, The Cold Sky Above Cornell


Programs in 2009:

December 9, Our Annual Winter Solstice Party, please bring finger food

November 11, an informal discussion among club members of observing and projects.

Sunday, November 8, 5 PM, Annual Dinner. Dr Jenny Greene, Weighing Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxy Centers

October 14, Keith Murdock, RAC, The Siberia Beyond Neptune - The Kuiper Belt

September 9, Caroline Moore, RAC, Discovering a Supernova

July 8, Erika Hamden, Columbia University astrophysics graduate student, Total Solar Eclipse this Month! Also, Sharon Anderson and Mary Lou West told about the Galileo Symposium at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia that they attended July 19.

June 10, "400 Years of the Telescope" (video)

May 13 Montclair State student research projects:

April 8, Lori-Anne Michel and Mike Wallace, NJAG, "The Banyan Stars" Project Astro at Banyan School, where Lori-Anne Michel teaches science to the middle grades.

March 11, Mary Lou West, MSU, Mars: Beautiful but Hostile to Life

February 11, Samuel Tun, NJIT, Storms in Space: The Environment Around Our Active Star

January 14, Journey to Palomar. This PBS documentary video chronicles America's first journey into space. It is the story of George Ellery Hale, who built the largest telescope in the world, four times. It was written by Todd and Robin Mason, 2008.


Programs in 2008:

December 10, Annual Winter Solstice Party, please bring finger foods or drinks!

November 12, Frank Erli, "My Experiences Building Spacecraft, particularly the Mars Observer and Mars Global Surveyor"

Sunday, November 2, Annual Dinner , the Russian Hall restaurant, 4 Woodhull Avenue in Little Falls. Robert Search of Centenary College "Searching for Life in the Solar System," a tour of the modern solar system and discuss how spacecraft missions like Cassini are being used to look for the existence of life forms in our neighborhood of space. (There will sometimes be references to science fiction movies.) Mr. Search is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in mathematics and has received Centenary's Distinguished Teaching Award. Cost is $28.

Astrophotography Contest

Friday October 32, Halloween, 7-10 PM, Autumn Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park with the Newark Dreyfuss Planetarium staff.

October 8, Dr. Andrew Gerrard, NJIT, "Space Weather Research at NJIT: From New Jersey to Antarctica to NJ Again!" (Magnetometers)

September 10, Mary Lou West, "Astronomy Update 2008, a report from the American Astronomical Society Meeting in St. Louis in June, 2008"

Friday, July 25, 9-11 PM, Summer Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park with the Newark Dreyfuss Planetarium staff.

July 9, Dr. Charles Liu, CUNY College of Staten Island, "After Galaxies Collide." Galaxy collisions are spectacular cosmic events taking millions or even billions of years to complete. What's left in the aftermath? In one system, called G515, it looks like a quiet, hidden, supermassive black hole! Dr. Liu will trace the history of this enigmatic object, and investigate the black hole lurking within. He is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, and an Associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

June 11, Theresa Moody, Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey Astronomy Center for Education, "From a (neglected) Six Inch to Spitzer: A High School Teacher's Telescopic Journey."
An introduction to the International Year of Astronomy, 2009, and the Galileoscope kits.

May 14, Several Montclair State students present the astronomy projects they have done this year. 1. Blazar OJ 287 (Ed Knesevitch, Chrissy Vadovszki, Tim Buli), 2. Comet Holmes (Tim Buli, Chrissy Vadovszki, Ed Knesevitch), 3. Global Warming Calculations (Wesley Wan, Ted Gierlich), 4. Asteroid Warnings (Sam Petrocelli), 5. Galaxy Collisions (Phillip Bevacqua), 6. Supermassive Black Holes (Ed Knesevitch)

April 9, Erika Hamden, Columbia University, "The Orion Nebula Cluster of Stars" and also observing with the MMT.

March 12, Maja Britton, new Solar System Walk at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood. Also, Adrian Oradean introduced the club's new webpage. www.njastro.org

February 20, 9-11 PM, Total Lunar Eclipse and spring stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park

February 13, "Some Public Astronomy Sites in China" by Mary Lou West.

January 9, NASA video "Passport to Pluto" about the New Horizons spacecraft, and Kevin and Heidi's baklava.


Programs in 2007:

December 12, annual Winter Solstice Party, bring snacks and drinks!

November 14, "Making Magnificent Models of Spacecraft" by Mary Hiller, Assistant Manager of the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum

Sunday, November 4, 6 PM, Annual Dinner, at Neil and Joyce Goldstein's house. Our speaker will be Dr. Ed Jenkins of Princeton University who will speak on "The Local Bubble in the Interstellar Gas." Cost is $5 at the door.

Friday, October 19, Fall Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park, 8-10 PM

October 10, "Asteroid 4 Vesta" by Al WEitzgall, AAI

September 12, "Astrophotography for the Beginner" by Dave Trapani, NJAG

On Friday, July 20, Summer Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park 8:30-10:30 PM
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

July 11, club members discussion and planning

June 13, Kevin Conod presented the latest 3D views of the sun from the STEREO spacecraft

May 9, Astronomy Projects by Montclair State U. students, including 1. Heights of Crater Rims on the Moon, Christopher Steingraber 2. Making a Moon Composite using GIMP, Nathaniel Frissell 3. Moon's Velocity, Kwang J. Bae 4. Recreating Galileo's Telescope, Sean Rodriguez 5. Puzzling Meteorites, Jonathan Norton 6. Cratering in Different Soils (slow motion video), Nick Malupis and Sean Rodriguez 7. Sunspots, Elizabeth Taylor 8. Solar Radio Bursts, Christine Vadovszki 9. Relationship Between the Radio Bursts from the Sun and Terrestrial Ionospheric Propagation, Nathaniel Frissell and Michael Papalos 10. Orbit of Titan from CCD images, Jonathan Norton and Ed Knesevitch

April 11, "New Horizons, the First Space Mission to Pluto" by Michael Dean Lewis, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

March 14, "Bicycling on Other Worlds" by Lonny Buinis of Raritan Valley Community College

February 14, cancelled due to snow

January 17, "Astronomy Update 2007: Highlights from the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle in January" Kevin Conod and Mary Lou West


Programs in 2006:

December 13, Annual Winter Solstice Party, please bring finger foods or drinks!

November 8, "Irish Astronomy Through the Ages", Kevin Conod, Newark Museum's Dreyfuss Planetariun and NJAG

November 8, Transit of Mercury across the sun, 2-4 PM, in front of Richardson Hall at MSU AND ALSO at the Newark Museum!

Friday, October 13, 8 - 10 PM, Star Party at Riker Hill Art Park
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

October 11, "A Fun Introduction to Gravity and Black Holes" by Ray Shapp, AAI, Night Sky Network

September 13, "Summer Observatory Visits (Calgary, Kitt Peak, Lowell, Meteor Crater, Christa McAuliffe)" by Mary Lou West, NJAG

July 21, 9-11 PM, Star Party featuring Jupiter and Saturn at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston

July 12, "Terraforming Mars, and Teaching the Concept" by Nancy Pi-Sunyer, Montclair Kimberley Academy

Saturday, July 8, Club picnic at Picnic Area E at Van Saun County Park in Paramus. (Route 4 between George Washington Bridge and Route 17, North on Forest, park is on the right in 1 mile.) Here is the park's layout.

June 14, Annual Astrophotography Contest, the winners .

May 18, Star Party at Bradford School, Montclair as part of their Science Fair.
Directions: Take Valley Road a half mile south of Montclair State University. Turn west at the traffic light onto Mt. Hebron Road. The school will be on your right in the next block. People with telescopes can park in the teachers' lot beyond and behind the school, next to the playground.

May 10, Astronomy at Biosphere II, by Phil Yecko, MSU Mathematical Sciences Department. History of the structure in Arizona, observations of asteroids, variable stars, galaxies, and even an aurora.

April 28, 7:30, Star Party at Banyan School, Fairfield.
Directions from MSU: Route 46 West, past Rt 23, exit at Hollywood Ave. Go left on Hollywood for about 1.5 miles as it bends around. At St Thomas More Church (12 Hollywood Ave) turn left into the first driveway. The entrance to the school is directly a head.

April 12, The Total Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006, by Jim Piombino (NJAG)

Friday, March 17, Spring Star Gazing, 8-10 PM, Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

March 8, Solar Research at the Big Bear Solar Observatory, by Dr. Carsten Denker of NJIT. He will also describe the plans for NJIT's new solar telescope, to be the largest in the world.

February 8, Astronomy Update 2006, Kevin Conod (Newark Museum Planetarium and NJAG) and Mary Lou West (NJAG, MSU), a report on the latest developments from the American Astronomical Society meeting held in Washington, DC, in January.

January 18, (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE) "Narrow Band Imaging - The Dark Side of Photography" by Adrian Oradean (NJAG). He will describe how to make professional quality images of emission nebulae.


Programs in 2005:

December 14, Annual Winter Solstice Party, Please bring finger foods or drinks!

November 9, "Exploring Mars and the Search for Life" by Ken Kremer of AAAP.

October 12, "An Amateur's Inside Experience at Mount Palomar Observatory", Alan Midkiff, AAI. Alan suggests looking at the websites of Palomar Observatory, Fleet Center Tours , and Mount Wilson Observatory.

September 14, Galileo and His Daughter, NOVA video (aired 9/10/05), and discussion of summer observing

Friday, July 15, 9-11 PM, (rain date Saturday, July 16) Stargazing at Riker Hill Art Park. We will look at the Moon, Jupiter, and other wonders of the night sky.

July 13, The program will be a video presentation of "Total Eclipse: Solar Eclipses and Mysteries of the Corona."

June 8, Ed Carlos of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. He will give a presentation about the telescope restoration project he is working on. The late Roger Tuthill, a well-known amateur astronomer and telescope dealer, built a 20-inch portable telescope mounted on a trailer in 1964. On his passing in 2000, this telescope was donated to the UACNJ and is now at Sperry Observatory undergoing renovations. Ed Carlos will give us an update on this interesting project.

Friday, May 13, Annual Dinner at the Russian Hall in Little Falls, 7:30. Annual astrophotography contest, door prizes. The outstanding speaker was James A. Connor, Kean University, discussing his new book "Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother." $30 prepaid, $35 at the door.
Directions: Take Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks.

May 11, MSU students report on their astronomical research projects done this year. This will include Near-Earth Asteroids (Igor Vaksman and David Niechwiadowicz), Distribution of Chondrule Sizes in Meteorites (Taki Zaidi and Cesar Marino), Magnetism of Meteorites (Cesar Marino and Taki Zaidi), Visibility of Dangerous Comets as seen from Earth (Matthew David, David Burger, Cesar Marino) Chemical Abundances from Spectra of Bright Stars (Marie McCrary), Black Hole Companions: Are Their Orbital Speeds Relativistic? (Marcee Martinez and Taki Zaidi)

April 13 "Upcoming NASA Missions" by Kevin Conod, NJAG and the Newark Museum Plametarium Director

Friday, March 18, 2005, 8-11 PM, Star Gazing at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston. We will look at Saturn, the Moon, Jupiter, and other wonders of the night sky. (Rain date will be Saturday, 3/19)
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight. Bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

March 9, PlanetQuest ToolKit activities for public starparties from the Night Sky Network of JPL, NASA, ASP (Neil Goldstein, NJAG)

February 9, a report on the January AAS meeting in San Diego (Mary Lou West), and club members' elections of officers.

January 12, Pictures of Mars, Saturn and Titan taken by spacecraft, by Kevin Conod, and club members' nominations of officers.


Programs in 2004:

December 8, Annual Solstice Party (a bit early): bring snacks to share!

November 10, Origins: the Big Bang, by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Videotape)

Wed., October 27, 2004, 8-11 PM, Lunar Eclipse Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill. After half a mile turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight, bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill. Telescopes will be set up in the field on your right at the very top of the hill.

October 13, "Celestial Boundaries" and mythology, Mary Lou West, MSU art gallery in Life Hall, then star gazing for the public (cloudy)

September 8, "NASA Space Spinoffs: Bringing Space Technology to Earth," Laura Venner, Solar System Ambassador, American Museum of Natural History

August 11, Wednesday, 9-midnight, Perseid Meteor Watch, Riker Hill Art Park
Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill, turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight, bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill.

July 14, "Saturn: Lord of the Rings", Kevin Conod, Dreyfuss Planetarium and NJAG

June 9, Members' discussion of the transit of Venus, and highlights of the recent American Astronomical Society meeting in Denver.

June 8, 5:30 - 7:30 AM at Eagle Rock Reservation 9/11 memorial lookout, Transit of Venus (last seen 122 years ago)

May 12, Posters by MSU astronomy students on their individual observing projects.

April 14, Derek Yoost, "Meteorites 101"

March 19, 7:30, NJAG Annual Dinner at the Russian Hall in Little Falls. Mike McClare, Senior producer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will speak on "Red Moon" about the Soviet space program. Annual astrophotography contest, door prizes. $30 prepaid, $35 at the door.
Directions: Take Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks.

March 10, Laura Venner will give a presentation on "The Cassini Mission to Saturn." She is a Solar System Ambassador.

February 11, "Cosmic Questions" by Mary Lou West (NJAG)

January 14, New card game "Cosmic Journeys" from NASA, presented by Kevin Conod


Programs in 2003:

December 10, Annual Winter Solstice Party, bring finger foods or beverages!

November 12, Joe Marzullo demonstrated MaximDL software for taking and blinking CCD images of asteroids.

Saturday, November 8, 6-9 PM, Lunar eclipse, Riker Hill Art Park

October 8, videotape about the universe narrated by Tom Selleck. Then we will observe a minimum of Algol (an eclipsing binary star pair), weather permitting.

Saturday, October 4, Star party for South Orange Middle School (Kevin), (cancelled by clouds)

September 10, Discussion of summer observations (mostly Mars) and projects for the coming academic year (eclipsing binary stars, variable stars in M15, asteroid rotations, and orbits of the moons of Jupiter).

Friday, August 22, and Saturday August 23, Mars Watch, 9 PM - midnight, Riker Hill Art Park

Wednesday, July 9, "The Coming Mars Encounter," Mary Lou West, MSU

June 21, Observing session at Pleasant Acres Campground. Solar, then stellar observing (Gene Faulkner) (Clouded out, but fun inside anyway)

Wednesday, June 11, "The Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission," Robert Vanderbei, Princeton University. You can check out his amazing astrophotography webpage at http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/images

Saturday, June 7, 9 PM, Star Party, South Orange Middle School (Kevin Conod)

Thursday, May 15 (rain date is May 16 but without the eclipse!), Lunar Eclipse and Planet Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 9 PM - 12 midnight (Both nights were clouded out!)

Wednesday, May 14, "Space is Really REALLY Big - Humor in Astronomy," Lonny Buinis of Raritan Valley Community College

Saturday, April 26, Star party at Jenny Jump, 8PM

Wednesday, April 9, "Hunting for X-Ray Pulsars", Jeremy Carlo, Columbia University

Friday, March 14, 7:30, NJAG Annual Banquet at the Russian Hall in Little Falls. Kitty Ferguson will speak on "Tycho and Kepler: The Unlikely Partnership That Forever Changed Our Understanding of the Heavens." Astrophotography contest, door prizes. $30 prepaid, $35 at the door.
Directions: Take Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks

Wednesday, March 12, "Imaging Galaxies Near Manhattan: How You can Use a CCD to Overcome Light Pollution," Jim Burnell, Rockland Astronomy Club

Friday, March 7 (rain date is March 8), Planet Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 8-10 PM

March 5, Wednesday, 8 PM. "The Elegant Universe" Brian Greene, Columbia U., Memorial Auditorium MSU, free tickets through ML West or $10 at the door.

Saturday, March 1, Field trip to Fels Planetarium in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. $10. The show is "Wonders of the Universe" at 12:15. Carpooling at 9:15 at the Montclair Heights train station on Normal Avenue. We need to leave at 9:30.

February 12, "Astronomy Update 2003", Mary Lou West, MSU

January 8, club members' nomination of officers, plan for trip to Fels Planetarium, discussion of equipment


Programs in 2002:

December 11, 2002, Annual Winter Solstice Party, bring finger foods or beverages!

November 18, 2002, Monday, 9 PM - midnight, Meteor Watch at Riker Hill Park in Livingston

(Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill, turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for "Riker Hill Art Park." At the stop sign go straight, bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill.)

November 13, 2002, "Ancient Cosmologies", Linda Zimmerman

October 9, 2002, "Sundials", Jim Piombino, NJAG

September 18 (not September 11), 2002, "Calendars", Joe Molnar, Morris Museum Astronomical Society

September 7, 2002, Star Party at Pleasant Acres, Gene Faulkner

August 12, 2002, Monday, 9 PM - midnight, Perseid Meteor Watch at Riker Hill Art Park

July 10, 2002, "A Look at Mercury, Venus, and Mars", Grace Casalino, NJAG

June 12, 2002, "Death by Asteroid: The History and Evidence for Mass Extinctions", Dr. Irving K. Robbins, Director of the Astrophysical Observatory at the College of Staten Island

May 8, 2002, Viewing planetary alignment, Hands-on-Astrophysics of Variable Stars, Mary Lou West

April 18, 2002, 8-11 PM SkyWatch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston

April 10, 2002, "Under Arizona Skies with a 20 Inch Telescope", Kevid Conod, Dreyfuss Planetarium, Newark Museum

Club Star Party at Jenny Jump, 7:30, For directions see www.webari.com/njparks/pages/jjmap.htm

March 22, 2002, Friday, 7:30, Annual Dinner, "Ancient Coins and their Astronomical Symbols: A Clue to the Star of Bethlehem Enigma", Michael Molnar, Rutgers University. Annual Astrophotography Contest.The dinner will be at the Russian Hall restaurant in Little Falls. $30 each pre-paid by April 8 or $35 at the door. (Take Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks)

March 13, 2002, interactive demonstration of spectra and atomic levels

February 13, 2002, "Astronomy News 2002", Dr. Mary Lou West, Montclair State University, and annual election of club officers

January 9, 2002, Members discussion of equipment


Programs in 2001:

December 12, 2001, Solstice party, please bring finger foods, snacks and beverages!

November 17, 2001, Saturday, Leonid Meteor Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 9 PM - midnight

(Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill, turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for Riker Hill Art Park, at the stop sign go straight, bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill.)

November 14, 2001, "SALT - the Southern African Large Telescope project", Dr. Ted Williams, Rutger University

October 10, 2001, Designing the new MSU astronomical observatory, Mary Lou West

September 12, 2001, "The Ups and Downs of the Telescope Business", Anthony Pisano, Pisano Opticians, Montclair

August 11, 2001, Saturday, Perseid Meteor Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, 9-11 PM

July 11, 2001, "Solar and Stellar Variability", Alex Eichler, Johnathan Fuentes, and Stephan Ilnyckyj, Montclair High School students

June 13, 2001, "Trials, Tribulations, and Humor of the new planetarium and 4 million visitors", Gloria Villalobos, Hayden Planetarium, NYC

May 9, 2001, "Optical Telescopes: Past, Present, and Future", Ernie Rossi, Amateur Astronomers, Inc.

April 11, 2001, "Optical SETI", Dr. Edward Groth, Princeton University

March 23, 2001, Friday, 7:30 PM, Annual Dinner at the Russan Hall in Little Falls, Astrophotography Contest, and door prizes. Dr. Charles Liu of AMNH and Columbia U. will speak about "Black Holes." $25 each pre-paid or $30 at the door. (Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks)

March 17, 2001, Saturday, Planet Watch at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston

March 14, 2001, "Archaeoastronomy", Dr. Karl Hricko, Kean University

February 21, 2001, (note change of date to avoid Valentine's Day), "Astronomy Update" from AAS meeting in San Diego in January, Mary Lou West, and annual election of officers

January 10, 2001, Club members' discussion of the partial solar eclipse on Christmas day


Programs in 2000:

December 13, 2000, Winter Solstice Party, bring snacks and beverages!

November 8, 2000, "Telescopes: From Hubble to Homemade", Walter Windish

October 18, 2000, (Note change of date!), "Astrophotography with Standard and Telephoto Lenses", Bruce Gundlach, NJAA, High Bridge

September 13, 2000, "The History of Astronomy", Victor Belanger, AAAP, Princeton

July 12, BBQ picnic at the West's house, 109 Montclair Ave. in Montclair. Bring some food to share! (salads, munchies, desserts would be great)

June 14, 2000, "Life IN Europa", Lonny Buinis, Raritan Valley Community College

May 10, 2000, "The Sun", Tom Massey, Rockland Astronomy Club

April 12, 2000, "And Know the Place for the First Time: NASA's Mars Global Surveyor", Alan P. Witzgall, NJAA and AAI, High Bridge and Cranford

March 24, 2000, Friday, Annual Banquet, "The FUSE Spacecraft", Alice Berman, $25/person, at The Russian Hall in Little Falls (Route 23, about 1 mile south of Willowbrook Shopping Mall, turn eastward off Rt. 23 at the 7-Eleven at Bradford Road, go another 2 blocks)

March 8, 2000, "The Future of the Sun", Dr. Wil Van der Veen, Columbia University, NYC

February 9, 2000, "William Herschel", Jim Piombino, and annual election of officers

January 12, 2000, Discussion of officers and programs for 2000


Programs in 1999:

December 8, 1999, (snow date December 9), Annual Winter Solstice Party (Bring finger food!)

November 17,1999, (raindate 18), Leonids Watch, 8-11 PM, Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston (Directions: Garden State Parkway exit 145 or NJ Turnpike exit 15W, Route 280 west, exit 4 to Eisenhower Parkway south, go through the light, go across the railroad tracks and up the hill, turn left onto Beaufort Ave., bear right to continue on Beaufort, turn left at the sign for Riker Hill Art Park, at the stop sign go straight, bear right at the fork, park at the top of the hill.)

November 10, 1999, "The New Hayden Planetarium: Sights, Sounds and Science", Dr. Charles Liu, Columbia U. and American Museum of Natural History

October 19, 1999, (raindate 20) Project Astro Star Party, Westbrook Middle School, Paramus, Dennis Barlow (Directions: Route 4, Route 17 north, right on Ridgewood Ave., left on Roosevelt Blvd., left into school grounds)

October 13, 1999, "Adventures at Solar Eclipses ('97 in Carribean, '99 in Bavaria)", Maja Britton

October 2,3, 1999, Fieldtrip to the Catskills with the Geo-club

September 11, 1999, Stargazing at Pleasant Acres Campgrounds, Gene Faulkner

September 8, 1999, "What I did on my summer vacation" (Eclipse, Stellafane,...)

August 25, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (Joe Marzullo)

August 18, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (John Miksits)

August 11, 1999, total solar eclipse from Sandy Hook at dawn, CLOUDY

August 4, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (Gene Faulkner)

July 20, 1999, Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin's Moon landing at the Iris Gardens, 8:30 (Ruth and Dennis Koenig) Raindate is July 21.

July 14, 1999, Dennis Barlow, "Chemistry in the Cosmos"

July 7, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (John Miksits)

June 30, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (Joe Marzullo and Gene Faulkner)

June 26, 1999, trip to Jenny Jump Observatory (From Route 80 W, Exit 12 (Route 521-Hope) south for 1.2 miles. At Hope turn left at the trafic light. Then take the first right turn onto Great Meadows-Hope Road.After 2.4 miles turn left onto Far View Road. After 1.2 miles turn right into the observatory entrance (just before the sign for Jenny Jump State Forest).

June 23, 1999, Stargazing at the Iris Gardens (Ruth and Dennis Koenig)

June 9, 1999, Kevin Conod, "Cartoon Astronomy-Laugh at the Cosmos"

May 12, 1999, Demonstrations of spectroscope, filar micrometer; Jackie, AAAS conference on science, religion, philosphy

April 30, 1999, Annual Dinner and Astrophotography Contest, Russian Hall, Fred Hess, "Under Southern Skies"

April 21, 1999, Stargazing for Preschoolers, Jewish Community Center, 760 Northfield Ave, W.O., 7:30-9

April 14, 1999, Vic Palm, "Project Astro in Elementary School"

March 24, 1999, CANCELLED due to clouds, Stargazing for Preschoolers, Jewish Community Center, 760 Northfield Ave, W.O., 6:30-8, has been rescheduled for April 21

March 19, 1999, Planet Watch, Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston, 7-9 PM

March 10, 1999, videotape "Universe" with William Shatner

February 10, 1999, Mary Lou West, "Discovery of Extrasolar Planets"

January 13, 1999, Star Atlases


Programs in 1998:

December 19, 1998, Saturday, Constellation Workshop at the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum

December 9, 1998, Annual winter solstice celebration (snow date December 10)

November 21, 1998, Saturday, Constellation Workshop at the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum

November 17, 1998, Tuesday, Meteor Watch at the Montclair Iris Gardens, 8-10 PM (cloudy)

November 11,1998, David Alexander, Dan Zauber, and Cathy Sullivan, Restoring the observatory at Columbia High School

October 17, 1998, PlanetWatch, Riker Hill Art Park, 8-10 PM

October 14, 1998, Gordon Bond, Drawing the Sky

September 12, 1998, Observing at Pleasant Acres Campground (dark sky), 8-10 PM

September 9, 1998, John Miksits, Double Stars

August 11, 1998, Meteor Watch at Riker Hill Art Park, 8-10 PM

August 1, 1998, Star Party at Camp Nyoda, Oak Ridge, 8-10 PM

June 10, 1998, Observing (clouded out), constructing star clocks (nocturnals)

May 30, 1998, Astronomy Day Star Party at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston

May 23, 1998, Club outing to the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum to see "Stars of Jade" (Chinese astronomy)

May 13 1998, Amy Gallagher, Hayden Planetarium, the Moon (activities)

May 2, 1998, Astronomy Day Star Party at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, cloudy

April 8, 1998, Jackie Perkins and Dennis Barlow, report on Dr. Jill Tarter's talk at Princeton University on SETI. Mary Lou West, tides and tidal friction

March 20, 1998, Annual Dinner, Dr. Karl Hricko, Kean College, The Quasar/Galaxy Connection

March 11, 1998, Light Pollution video, the club's 10" telescope, nicely refurbished by Jim Coughlin

February 26, 1998, partial solar eclipse, Newark Planetarium and Richardson Hall at Montclair State U.

February 11, 1998, Gene Faulkner, Telescope Accessories

February 2, 1998, "Telescopes and Astronomical Objects" at Lincrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn

January 31, 1998, Star gazing with families at the Jewish Community Center in West Orange

January 14, 1998, Mary Lou West, recent American Astronomical meeting in Washington, DC


In 1997 our programs were:

February 12, 1997, Dr. C. Tad Pryor, Rutgers U., Stellar Evolution in Globular Clusters

March 12, 1997, Jose Merzeau, Rutgers U., History of Astronomy

March 14, 1997, Annual Dinner, Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, Rowan College, Comets

April 9, 1997, Dr. Stan Piatek, NJIT, Dwarf Galaxies: More Mass than Light

April 12, 1997, Comet Watch at Riker Hill Art Park (cloudy)

April 19, 1997, Astronomy-in-Montclair Day (Anne Anderson, Middlesex County College, "Comets", solar telescopes, children's astronomy activities, astrophotographs, CCD images, Michael Miller, Glenfield Planetarium, "Making a comet from dry ice", astronomy on the Internet.)

May 14, 1997, Dr. Michael Richmond, Princeton U., The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

June 11, 1997, Observing the Moon

June 20, 1997, Skygazing at Skylands Manor after the Dixieland Concert (cloudy)

July 9, 1997, astrophotos by club members

July 12, 1997, 8-11 PM, Mars Watch at Riker Hill Art Park

September 10, 1997, Lonny Buinis, Getting Started in Astronomy is Easy!

September 26-28, 1997, SJAC Star Party at Belleplain State Forest in Cape May County (4 club members attended and had a great time at a dark sky site)

October 4, 1997, 7:30-9 PM, Planet Watch at Riker Hill Art Park

October 8, 1997, "Comet Odyssey" video, Comet Hyakutake time-lapse movie and the adventures of the Canadian amateurs in making it.

November 12, 1997, Barry Malpas, Spectroscopy for the Amateur Astronomer

December 10, 1997, annual Winter Solstice Party


In 1996 our programs were:

August 11, 1996, Observing in the Iris Gardens

September 7, 1996, Talk and observing at Pleasant Acres Campgrounds

September 11, 1996, Member reports of summer activities

September 26, 1996, Lunar Eclipse, at MSU and at Riker Hill Park

October 4, 1996, Observing at the Elks Club in Clifton

October 9, 1996, Mars meteorite video

October 19, 1996, Saturn and Jupiter Watch, Riker Hill Park

November 13, 1996, Dr. David Lambert, Possible Fossils in a Martian Meteorite

December 11, 1996, Winter Solstice celebration


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