Annual Equipment Night 4/4/2018

Don’t miss our annual equipment night. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about that telescope you’ve always wanted to learn about; or, possibly obtain new

The Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club Annual Equipment Night will be held on April 4th. Have questions about a telescope you have? Bring it! Looking to obtain new gear? Come and get it! This is always a fun and educational night.

We will gather in the usual Building #2, but in the lobby at the opposite end of the building from the planetarium.

See you there!

Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club April Meeting Poster
Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club April Meeting Poster

We’re Back After The Holiday Break

Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and great start to the new year.

We are starting off 2018 with a great presentation on January 3rd from Dr. Katherine Kornei: When Galaxies Collide

“The universe contains billions of galaxies, which occasionally collide with one another in spectacular events known as galaxy mergers. I’ll share new imagery and simulations of galaxy mergers and discuss what happens to stars, gas, and dark matter when galaxies collide. A hands-on demonstration will illustrate a key property of galaxy mergers, and I’ll teach you how to do this demonstration using supplies from the produce section of your grocery store.”

NightSky45 Astronomy Club January Meeting Poster image.

Dr. Katherine Kornei is an astrophysicist, science journalist, and science educator. She studied star formation and galaxy evolution for her Ph.D. in astronomy, and her science writing has appeared in Science, Discover, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope magazines. She works as a Program and Exhibit Developer at OMSI and has written and appeared in NASA-funded astronomy videos.

How Bright? How Old? How Far?

NightSky45 Astronomy Club meeting:
November 1 at 7 pm at the CCC Planetarium

Our Speaker: Ken Hose
His Topic: “How Bright? How old? How far?”

In astronomy, people often ask questions like “how bright” or “how far” or “how old” when talking about stars and other deep sky objects. Today it is possible for amateur astronomers to find answers to these questions from observations using modest equipment. Amateurs can do real backyard science including detection of exoplanets and estimating the age of star clusters.

How brite? How old? How far?

Our speaker this month is Ken Hose. Ken is an electronics engineer by training and has been doing scientific astro-imaging since 2009 from his backyard observatory in Wilsonville, Oregon. He also serves as an instructor/mentor for high school students at the Pine Mountain Observatory summer astronomy workshops.