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December 11th, 2019 | Wednesday | 7P-9P
The IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE, Salem, OR 97301map it
*** Please note: the Story Hall room is upstairs, and is not ADA accessible.

NightSky45 will have a December Meeting after all!

Topic: Einstein’s Greatest Challenge


The speaker will be our own Richard Berry, past-President of NS45, author, and avid astrophotographer.

In 1905, Albert Einstein, a young patent clerk and part-time theoretical physicist, announced a theory called Special Relativity, a new way of looking at space, time, and space-time. He then began work on a more comprehensive theory that embraced all of physics called General Relativity. The new theory, put forth in 1915, explained an observation that had puzzled astronomers: the orbit of the planet Mercury “precesses” in space. However, explaining something already known does not count as confirmation. But it also predicted something that had never been observed: that during a solar eclipse, the stars behind the Sun would be very slightly displaced from their normal locations by the Sun’s warping of space-time, a.k.a., the force of gravity.
Even before his 1915 paper appeared, the race among astronomers was on! The chance to confirm or contradict this new thing called “General Relativity” was the prize that drove astronomers, in 1919, to sail to distant ports in search of sharp photographs that would show — not not show — the predicted shift.
The talk focuses on the efforts of astronomers, in the dark days immediately following the Great War, to make those critical observations in distant tropical countries, and the quirky personalities and pacifist politics involved.
We hope to see you all there at the IKE Box, 299 Cottage Street, in Salem!

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club December meeting poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club December meeting poster

•   PAST MEETINGS   •

Are We Alone In The Cosmos?
Rethinking the Drake Equation

November 6th, 2019 | Wednesday | 7P-9P

Our November speaker is Bernie Taylor. In his presentation, he will take us back in time and discuss how we began as a species and pose the question: “Are We Alone in the Cosmos? Rethinking the Drake Equation.” Carl Sagan, in his widely watched “Cosmos” series (1980) popularized the idea of other life in the universe in his discussion of the Drake equation. If you are not old enough to have seen it, I am enclosing a link which you may enjoy: Carl Sagan Cosmos Drake Equation – nick

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club November meeting poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club November meeting poster

Bernie Taylor returns to explore how animals time themselves via solar-lunar cues and the knowledge of this behavior by coastal/inland hunter-gatherers. Taylor will delve into these practices, their relationship to the unique biologically-times characteristics of humans and pose if the Drake Equation can determine the probability of other earth-like and intelligent life in the cosmos

As an independent naturalist and author, Bernie Taylor explores the mythological connections and biological knowledge among prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples. His works in these areas include: Biological Time (2004) and Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero (2017).


Astronomy in Poetry – with Eleanor Berry

October 2nd, 2019 | Wednesday | 7P-9P

Astronomy has engaged poets over the centuries, so not surprisingly, it has entered their poetry in various ways. They have written poems
* about astronomical phenomena as understood by contemporary astronomers.
* involving the practice of astronomy, the activities of astronomers.
* about personal or communal experiences of astronomical phenomena.
* using astronomical phenomena metaphorically.
* where astronomical phenomena are part of the setting.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club October meeting poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club October meeting poster

Through readings of the poems, the speaker will show how the
resources of poetry can enable astronomy to enter deeply into the reader’s imaginative lives.

Eleanor Berry is a former teacher of writing and literature at Willamette University, Marquette University, and other colleges. She has served as president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and of the Oregon Poetry Association. Currently, she chairs the Mid-Valley Poetry Society. Her poems and essays have been widely published in journals and anthologies. She has three collections of poetry: Green November, No Constant Hues, and Only So Far.


Research Projects for Astronomy Camps

September 4, 2019 | Wednesday | 7P-9P

Developing interesting and meaningful Astronomy Research Projects for students at Astronomy Camps can be a challenge. The students may have minimal experience, weather conditions are always an unknown, and short summer nights limit available observing time. Our speaker, Sean Curry, will discuss some projects that have worked well, and some that haven’t, oever the last few years at the Pine Mountain Observatory summer Astronomy Camp.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club September meeting poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club September meeting poster

Sean is an almost-retired engineer who supports a large multi-university research project, and who likes to dabble in various maker projects. He is a member of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers, and observes and images from outside Talent OR. in the beautiful Rogue Valley.


August 7, 2019

Seeing the Cosmic Cirrus

The night sky is not so dark after all. Far from city lights, skilled observers find faint wisps of light, light reflected from skeins of interstellar dust outside the galactic disk. This is the “Cosmic Cirrus” or “integrated flux nebula”.

Our speaker, Mel Bartels, will describe his through-the-eyepiece observations and show his sketches of this “faintest of the faint” deep-sky phenomenon. Mel Bartels is a well-known observer and telescope maker from Cottage Grove.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club August meeting poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club August meeting poster

July 3, 2019

Hubble Trouble

What does it mean that measurements of the Hubble constant don’t agree?

Presentation by Ricky Oropeza and Dr. Rick Watkins

NightSky45 July Meeting Poster: Hubble Trouble
NightSky45 July Meeting Poster: Hubble Trouble

The Hubble constant measures the current rate at which the Universe is expanding. Recently it has become apparent that measurements of the Hubble constant made with different data are inconsistent; a situation which could lead to the discovery of new physics. After giving an overview of the Big Bang theory, we will discuss the different ways of measuring the Hubble constant and what it might mean that they don’t agree.

Ricky Oropeza is a senior physics major at Willamette University who grew up in Salem. Rick Watkins is a cosmologist who has been a professor at Willamette since 1999. This summer they are carrying out research analyzing data on the motions of galaxies.


June 5, 2019
A Telescope Maker’s Dream Job: Writing for Sky & Telescope

Nightsky45 Astronomy Club May meeting poster: Becoming Human by Bernie Taylor

Speaker: Jerry Oltion, “Telescope Workshop” columnist

Jerry Oltion has worn many hats over the course of his life, from garbage truck driver to radio deejay to corporate secretary, but the two things that define him best are his lifelong love of writing and his lifelong love of what he calls “tinkercraft.” He loves making stuff up, be it in science fiction stories or in solid objects made of wood and metal and glass. When he discovered amateur telescope making, and then began writing about it, he realized he had found his true calling. Jerry is the most prolific fiction writer in the history of Analog/Astounding magazine, where he publishes most of his short stories. He’s nowhere close to being the most prolific builder of telescopes, but he’s gaining on it.

May 1, 2019
Becoming Human

Nightsky 45 Astronomy Club May Meeting Poster: Becoming Human by Bernie Taylor

Naturalist and author Bernie Taylor presents an origin of modern astronomy in European Paleolithic caves from 34,000 years ago that connects with global myths of hunter-gatherers and the ancients in the Mediterranean region.

As an independent naturalist and author, Bernie Taylor explores the mythological connections and biological knowledge among prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples. His works in these areas include Biological time (2004) and Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero (2017).

April 3, 2019
Annual Show and Tell

In April we open NightSky 45 to hands-on demos of basic astronomy- and telescope-related themes.

If you are just getting into astronomy, bring your question for the more advanced members. In past years this has been a success with lively discussions.  If you have some more advanced techniques that you want to share or you just want to show off your favorite scope, please bring it and tell us about it.

One item that is already on the agenda is a demo of the Atik Infinity camera that the club recently acquired and which will be available for use by members.

All of our members can help make this a successful experience for other members and for those who are just getting into astronomy. 

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club April 3, 2019 meeting poster

March 6, 2019
Seeing the Cosmic Cirrus

The night sky is not so dark after all. Far from city lights, skilled observers find faint wisps of light, light reflected from skeins of interstellar dust outside the galactic disk. This is the “cosmic cirrus” or “integrated flux nebula.” Our speaker, Mel Bartels, will describe his through-the-eyepiece observations and show his sketches of this “faintest of the faint” deep-sky phenomenon. Mel Bartels is a well-known observer and telescope maker from Cottage Grove.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club March 6, 2019 meeting poster

 

February 6, 2019
The Exploration of Mars

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club February 6, 2019 meeting poster

The Exploration of Mars with Michael Seibert

Using the book and film The Martin as a lens, Mike Seibert will discuss the current golden age of robotic Mars exploration as well as the challenges of mounting a human expedition to the red planet. Highlights of the presentation will be tales of challenges faced by the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity as their mission surpassed the expected 90 days by roving Mars for over 14 years.

Mike Seibert is a former Mars Rover Driver and Flight Director for the Opportunity Mars Rover. He spent 12 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the operations team for the twin Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. Mike now works as a systems engineer in Boulder, Colorado helping to develop robotic arms for spacecraft to be used for activities ranging from satellite refueling to planetary exploration. In addition, Mike is a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a Ph.D in Space Resources.

January 2, 2019
Nightsky 45 Members Night

–Comet Wirtanen: Mike Conley
–18 Years of Imaging: Nick Liepins
–Visiting Lowell: Richard Berry
–Art in Astronomy: Mark Seibold
–Ultima Thule: Alan Stern

NightSky 45 Astronomy Club January 2, 2019 meeting poster

December
No meeting

November 7, 2018
Spacefest IX: My Summer Vacation
Speaker: Stephanie Barth

Spacefest is THE celebration of space for enthusiasts of every type! This summer Stephanie attended Spacefest. She will describe first-hand stories from Apollo astronauts and flight controllers:

–The wives and daughters of Gene Cernan and Alan Bean
–The upcoming movie, “Searching for Skylab”
–The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres
–What are “Space Hipsters”?
–What is it like to have lunch and dinner with astronauts?
–Hearing first-hand accounts of space exploration by Apollo astronauts and flight controllers.
–What do astronauts and the family of Neil Armstrong think of
the new movie, “First Man”?
–and much more!

Stephanie Barth became interested in astronomy and the space program in the 1970s. She has built a telescope with her family and has taught numerous astronomy classes to children around the Salem area. She’s a member of Space Hipsters since 2016 and of NightSky 45 since 2001.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 11/7/2018 Meeting Poster: Spacefest IX: My Summer Vacation.
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 11/7/2018 Meeting Poster: Spacefest IX: My Summer Vacation.

 

October 3rd, 2018
Growing Up With The Astronauts

James will bring a few NASA artifacts from his fathers collection: a plug extracted from the Apollo 11 command module heat shield, and a hyper-velocity impact demonstration piece. He will discuss our museum’s mission and share stories of the people who made manned missions to the moon successful.

JPLMuseum.org is located in the Historic Gardner House Cafe’ at 633 North Third Ave. Stayton, Oregon.

Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00PM. Phone 503 602 9128.

For more information, seehttps://www.jplmuseum.org/

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 10/3/2018 Meeting Poster: Growing Up With The Astronauts

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 10/3/2018 Meeting Poster: Growing Up With The Astronauts

September 5th, 2018
Leaking Galaxies
Our speaker: Dr. Katherine Kornei

Gas and dust escape from many galaxies in so-called “galactic winds.” Data from ground and space-based telescopes reveal which galaxies are leaking.

Dr. Kornei is an astrophysicist, science journalist, educator and works at OMSI as a Program & Exhibit Developer.
For her PhD, she studied star formation and galaxy evolution.
As a science writer, her work has been published in:

  • Science
  • Discover
  • Astronomy
  • Scientific American
  • Sky & Telescope
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 9/5/2018 Meeting Poster: Leaking Galaxies
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 9/5/2018 Meeting Poster: Leaking Galaxies

 

August 8th, 2018
After Imaging
Our speaker: Tom Carrico.

Tom will describe what to do AFTER IMAGING, when you have a disk full of images. He will discuss how he processes astrophotos using, as he says, far too many pieces of software. Tom will cover how to capture data and calibration frames, selecting images to keep, various methods of processing, and a few tips and tricks along the way. Tom will emphasize imaging with monochrome cameras and color filters, but will spend a little time with processing DSLR images.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 6/6/2018 Meeting Poster: After Imaging
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club 8/8/2018 Meeting Poster: Astronomical Sketching

August 4th 9:00pm
Star Party

9:00pm Midnight
 Hosted by Silver Falls State Park
The observing area will be the meadow west of the creek at the South Falls day use area.

It is suggested that we set up between 7:00-8:

July 14  8:00pm (apprx)
NightSky45 Star Party


Location: Union Hill Grange +44.8751 N, -122.7427 W.

  1. From the fertilizer plant at the corner of Hwy 214 (Silver Falls Hwy) and Cascade Highway…
  2. Continue on Hwy 214 1.8 miles E to a conspicuous zig-zag in the road…
    Take Victor Point Rd SE 0.5 miles N to Grange Rd SE…
  3. Follow Grange Rd SE 0.6 miles E to the small gravel road on the north side.

Map/Directions

We can set up along this road – There is no traffic on this road.

Bring your telescope, binoculars, camera, whatever!  And, of course, we would be happy to help anyone set up and use a new or unfamiliar telescope.

Sunset is at 8:45 pm. Arrive while there is still enough light to set up.

Please note: There are no “facilities” at this site.

June 6th, 2018
Astronomical Sketching

Our Speaker: Howard Banich

Howard Banich made his first astronomical sketch in 1973. He will describe his process from the first rough sketches to the smoothly finished drawings published in Sky & Telescope.

May 2nd, 2018
Broken Starlight – Adventures With A Spectroscope

Our Speaker: Richard Berry

Spectroscopy has told humanity more about the true nature of stars and planets than all other tools of the astronomer combined. Our speaker this month, Richard Berry, tells a few tales about AstroSpectroscopy what we learn by “breaking” starlight into a spectrum.

April 4th, 2018
Annual Equipment Night

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club April Meeting Poster

March 7, 2018
Tales of the Wilson High School Astronomy Club
Our Speaker: Joe Minato

Joe Minato was born to be a science teacher. He grew up in beautiful Rockwood, Oregon, youngest of six children. He had a childhood of wonder and discovery, a gift he wishes for every child. He earned a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MTE in science education. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from the geologic history of the Earth to biological evolution, and wherever else his curiosity takes him.
Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club March 7 2018 Meeting Poster

Remote Astronomy

NightSky45 Astronomy Club of Salem Oregon February 7th 2018 Meeting Poster
NightSky45 Astronomy Club January Meeting Poster image.

When Galaxies Collide

~ Note: No December meeting ~

How Bright? How Old? How Far?

NightSky45 Astronomy Club October 4th 2017 Meeting Poster: Why Mars?

Why Mars?

The Great Solar Eclipse 2017

Time:

10 : 17 : 21 AM

Location:

Monday August 21, 2017 Salem, Or (earlier the farther West from Salem you are)
Western Oregon Solar Eclipse Viewing Detail
A one-page information sheet. Print and pass on to your non-astronomer friends.For printing on one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

 Solar Eclipse Workshop

NightSky 45 Astronomy Club 8/2 Meeting Poster

Eclipse Photography – Techniques and Equipment

NightSky45 Astronomy Club July 5, 2017 meeting poster
Eclipse Photography:
Techniques and Equipment

 

Heliophisycs and the Study of the Sun

NightSky45 Astronomy Club Meeting poster for May 3rd 2017