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Macastro Newsletter - October 2018
Welcome to our monthly general newsletter which will reach you, our members and subscribed members of the public, during the week prior to our Macarthur Astronomy Forum each month by simple email.
FROM THE Vice PRESIDENT
Welcome to your October Newsletter,
We came to the end of winter with our final Public Night on Saturday 15 September. We had an good turnout on the night and we were able to show the public an excellent view of the moon and planets until winter put in a last hurrah and the wind forced us finish earlier than we would have liked. Caitlin from MDSI held a Sausage Sizzle on the night raising funds which she has donated to MAS. Thanks again Caitlin.
Earlier in that week a number of members participated in two events supporting Picton High School and Skytrails at Goulburn & Picton Botanic Gardens.
Your committee is already planning for next year, July will be the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first men on the Moon.
2019 is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Astronomical Union and the club has been asked to participate in an event to be held in January. Details are yet to be determined.
Our members observing night schedule has been determined and when the Public night program is finalised will be put in the web site calendar.
SEPTEMBER'S MACARTHUR ASTRONOMY FORUM - "Clouds in Alien Skies "
Dr Lucyna Chudczer visited us again for our September forum
Lucyna explained how clouds form in every substantial atmosphere of the Solar System planets and how clouds are likely to be common in atmospheres of extra solar planets as well. She went on to explain how clouds affect the amount of stellar light that filters into planetary atmospheres and also have an effect on cooling and warming the planetary climate.
images: Frank Kaiser-Lauterbach
OCTOBER'S MACARTHUR ASTRONOMY FORUM - "The future of the Universe "
Prof. Geraint Lewis will be returning to the Macarthur Astronomy Forum this month with his talk to be "The Future of the Universe". Members who purchased "A Fortunate Universe" by Geraint Lewis & Luke Barnes are reminded to bring it along to get signed by Geraint.
We have had a request for members to attend Cobbitty Public School with their telescopes. If you are willing to attend please contact Mike Nicholas.
Vice-President, Macarthur Astronomical Society Inc.
Macarthur Astronomy Forum: THE FUTURE OF The Universe
When: Monday 16 OCT 2018, at 7.30 pm sharp.
Where: Lecture Theatre 213, Building 30, Goldsmith Avenue, Western Sydney University - Campbelltown Campus
Will there forever be stars in the sky? Will humanity roam the cosmos for eternity? What does the future hold for our Universe? Join us for a journey through space and time, from galactic collisions and hyperactive black holes, on to the death of the last star.
MEMBERS OBSERVING SCHEDULE
Photo by Tony Law
Stargard - Sat 3 November - Gates will open about 6.00pm.
Belanglo Forest - Fri/Sat 9/10 November - Gates open about 3:00pm on Friday Contact Ned for Confirmation
Friday 26 October - Cobbitty Primary School, - set up by 7:30pm
China - May 2019. 19 members, partners and friends have their flights booked for our China Tour May 15 - May 29 2019.
FAST, Guizhou Lijiang, Yunnan
Beanies, Caps, Mugs, Polo Shirts, Pens and Jackets are in stock or can be ordered for you through email@example.com
NEW- Red Light LED Torches are in stock $10.00 inc. batteries. "When Galaxies Collide" Prof. Lisa Harvey Smith. $25.00, can be signed in February!
Nenad Arsovic Michael Clark
LOAN A TELESCOPE - CAMDEN COUNCIL
During November 2015, Camden Council Library Services launched their Telescope loan service to library members. Instigated by the library and supported by MAS, they now have four 8" Dobsonians and four ED80 refractors on loan. An ideal first step for families and individuals to 'try before you buy'. The project is a great success.
Contact MAS if you need assistance.
MAS LOAN TELESCOPES
The Society owns three telescopes which, subject to availability, may be loaned under the MAS Education Programme to current members.
There is a three month qualifying period for new members. See website for full details on the Telescopes and terms and conditions of loan. http://www.macastro.org.au/mas/index.php/macdob
MAS 22 YEARS SERVING MACARTHUR
MAS acknowledges Western Sydney University's generosity in permitting us the use of its facilities to hold MAS events such as the Macarthur Astronomy Forum and the Campbelltown Rotary Observatory for public viewing nights.
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