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Will Try to Veiw Venus before Sunrise and after Sunset March 23 or Maybe the 24th

My app says I can do this, so tomorrow I am going have an early cup of coffee to catch a view venus before sunrise -- March 23, 2017.  If the weather holds, actually cooperates with forcasters, we should see another Venus view just after sunset.   I am headed to one of the coastal outlooks for both observations.   Why attempt to observe these infrequent opportunities?  Early observers, many hundreds of years ago, used these types of observatioins to figure out we are not the center of the universe;)

Let me know what you see and I'll do the same.

Jeff

Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!

MIRA's next lecture is on the events website:  http://www.mira.org/events.htm 

The program is as follows:

Title: Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!, Dr. Francis Nimmo, U.C. Santa Cruz

Location & time:  MPC Lecture Forum #102 on January 21, 2017 at 7:30pm

Nightfall 2014 at Borrego Springs

Hi all! Here we are at Borrego Springs again. Fred, Ron, Jeff and Al came down a day early on Wed. but there was still a thin layer of high cirrus that mucked up the evening. So that night was a bust. Annie got in on Thursday and we all went down to Carmelita's for some good Mexican food. Thursday night was a little better, but Friday was the best so far. It's been really hot during the day - 95 degress and the seeing/guiding doesn't settle dow until about 10:00 PM,  so there's lots of time to wander about checking out everyone else's gear. Some pretty good stuff out there.

Presentation for Finding Dark Sites

For those who attended the club's monthly meeting and those who missed it, I have attached a .pdf version of the presentation with additional web links for references. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Al Smith

Program for September 11th Meeting

The Program for the SCAC Meeting on September 11th will be by our own Al Smith, PhD. speaking on "Finding Dark Sites." He will address 1) Why we want to observe, or photograph, at dark sites.  2) How to quantify and measure dark sites, and 3) Where to find mapped information on dark sites.  One of Al's topics will be the selection process used to site the 10 meter telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea at the Keck Observatory. It will surely be an interesting evening!

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