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Astronomy Club

OH, THE WONDER OF IT ALL

A Club For Anyone Ever Caught Gazing at the Night Sky


                                      

The Laguna Woods Village

Astronomy Club

For anyone interested in the wonders of the universe.....

     
    What the Astronomy Club is about 
  

Come exercise your brain with us 
at our next regular meeting or special event. 

For information explore this website or call
 Club president:  John Hagge (949) 951-1523


 

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CLUB CALENDAR

Membership is open to Laguna Woods Village residents and a limited number of non-resident guests. Guests accompanied by resident Astronomy Club members or resident non-members are welcome at most meetings and events.  Non-member or guest donation of $3 applies to meetings and help offset program expenses. Star Parties are free, our gift to the Village.

 

Spring Star Party:  March 29 Clubhouse 5 Parking Lot

Gather at 7:30 p.m. 

Park with car lights facing Monte Hermoso and use a red-lens flashlight in the darkened parking lot.

 

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 16, 2017

Clubhouse One, Main Lounge starting at 7 p.m.

 

University of Virginia Professor Edward M. Murphy 

in the Great Courses Series "Our Night Sky" DVD program. 

 

Refreshments served during social time following the program.

 

Prior 2017 Meetings: 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2017

Our program featured Guest Speaker Dr. Stephen J. Edberg from Jet Propulsion Laboratory answering the question Can We Really Find Other Earths?  

YES !

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our program featured two segments from the series Life in Our Universe, with Dr. Laird Close, professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Arizona.  Space Travel: A Reality Check and Terraforming a Planet are both especially  timely with Mars more in the news.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Meetings & Events:

Thursday, November 16, 2016 

Last Meeting of the Year, in Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge, 

StarGaze: Hubbles View of the Universe Program

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Motorcoach Trip to California Science Center and Natural History Museum

at Exposition Park in Los Angeles

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 Great Courses, Life in our Universe"SETI - Search for Intelligent Life"

and 45th Anniversary Celebration

 

Thursday, September 29, 2016  Star Party

in cooperation with Orange County Astronomers

Clubhouse 5 Parking Lot

 

Wednesday, September 21

NOVA ScienceNow, "Where Did We Come From?"

 

Wednesday, June 15

"The Day the Earth Stood Still"

 

Wednesday, May 18

"The Electric Boy" from the series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"

 

Wednesday, April 20

"How Does the Universe Work?"

 

Wednesday, March 30

Star Party with Orange County Astronomers

 

 Wednesday, March 16

Featured program was "Are there parallel universes?" a big-screen presentation from the series Through the Wormhole. 

 

Wednesday, February 17

 "Are there parallel universes?" a big-screen presentation from the series Through the Wormhole and selected as a sequel to January's program based on audience input.

 
 
Wednesday, January 20
 
  “What Happened Before the Beginning?” from the series Through the Wormhole and discussion based on a recent Cosmos Magazine article. 
 

 

 

 We have a variety of events

scheduled
throughout the year:

Round-up Board Meetings start at 7 p.m. 

the first Thursday of each month (except July & August), 
 
General meetings start at 7 p.m. on the third 

Wednesday of each month (except July, Aug. & Dec.), 

several Star Parties hosted with OCAA, 

and Field Trips to interesting SoCal sites. 


Check the Laguna Woods Globe,
 
TV6 postings and flyers at clubhouses 

for announcements of our upcoming events

 and plan to attend.

 

 

 

 Click To See More about Club Events

 

 


ORANGE COUNTY ASTRONOMERS

The Orange County Astronomers

club periodically
 offers classes for beginners.

Click on their web address for particulars.

http://www.ocastronomers.org/



SOME EYE POPPING SITES YOU WILL ENJOY

 ASTRONOMY SITES for your exploration and  viewing pleasure.......


The Bellcroft Observatory, a host of events in Orange County, CA:
http://www.socalastronomy.com/


Our Virtual Sky

At the January 2007 meeting of the Laguna Woods Village Astronomy Club Lloyd Gomez presented a program entitled "Our Virtual Sky" using live internet programs.  Those programs are listed below.

www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky
www.nineplanets.org/nineplanets.html
www.universetoday.com
 
The first one takes you to a page entilted "Your Sky".  The 360 degree representation needs to be set for your viewing location.  Click "Nearby City".  Go to United States and pick Los Angeles.  This will present the sky overhead on any given day and hour.  The picture is cluttered with a host of information but you can reduce the amount of information by scrolling down and unchecking all but planets and moon for example. Click on view from horizon and then click on a location in the sky...........  At the very top click on "explain symbols". This will get you started.  Have fun poking around the universe!  Check out the other web sites.  Enjoy! 
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- Here is a new site that can list most of the important happening in the skies.  It can be configured to provide just the information you might want.  Take a look at http://www.calsky.com/cs.cgi
 
- Dennis Mammana who has been a speaker at the the Laguna Woods Village Astronomy Club has a couple of WEB sites that are very interesting and worth clicking to see. One is: http://www.dennismammana.com/gallery/LCR-03-001.htm

Dennis is  a great photographer of the night sky and this site shows off some his best work. He has two other sites that you might check out:  www.dennismammana.com.

- Messier Objects, all 110 of them, are the subject of this web site, http://www.seds.org/messier/  During the years from 1758 to 1782 the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730 - 1817), compiled a list of approximately 100 diffuse objects that were difficult to distinguish from comets through the telescopes of the day. Discovering comets was the way to make a name for yourself in astronomy in the 18th century -- Messier's aim was to catalog the objects that were often mistaken for comets. 

Here is a site from Griffiths Observatory that provides a current update on what is going in the sky right now.  This site is a treasure of information about astronomy and solar events.http://www.griffithobs.org/Skyinfo.html

This site for Astronomy Picture of the Day is searchable.  Try clicking on  "search" and typing in saturn planet picture.  You will get  more than 200 responses of some of the best pictures available of Saturn. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html   Check out the index or search for other celestial objeccts.

NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory maintain this site to provide the latest information of the happenings under their jurisdiction.  You will find links to other sites like the newly christened Spitzer Telescope recently put into orbit.http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html  Also go to Dr Rebull's main page at http://spider.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/rebull/

The Orange County Astronomers Club maintains an award winning site to keeps it's large membership current.  Visit the site to get a sense of the wide ranging programs they offer. http://www.ocastronomers.org/

UC Irvine maintains an astronomy site that can be accessed at http://www.physics.uci.edu/~observat/

You will find this Thermal Mapping Mission site fascinating.http://themis.asu.edu/latest.html

For another link worth checking out on sun spots, solar flares, solar wind and meteor showers, go to Spaceweather: http://www.spaceweather.com/

Finally there is this site who's author makes it his business to raise issues of what he considers to be bad astronomy.  Interesting. http://www.badastronomy.com/

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