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                                             Leonid Leaflet
                                    Newsletter of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society
 Volume 2004 No. 11                             “All the news that fits in print”                                November 2004


                    Nominate a Candidate
Presiidentt''s Message                       check the NHAS calendar often and             It was a tremendous view through the
Pres den s Message                           participate, with or without telescope.       11x80 binoculars! But it was not as
Well, it is that time of the year, US and    I like how power astronomer, Ed Ting,         spectacular as the total lunar eclipse of
State elections have come and gone.          spreads them out evenly, good work.           1989, but still a good one.
Regardless of whoever was elected, the       Our biggest one is at Reed’s Ferry                                    í Bert J. Bingel
universe will keep moving on.                School on Dec. 1st. We have to get
It is now time for our club’s annual         those star photons in those kids’ eyes.
elections. This month’s meeting has an       You can find the NHAS calendar at
important purpose, to nominate               http://www.calsplus.net/nhas
individuals to keep the club ticking on.
This is an opportunity for YOU to            Clearer skies,
CHANGE the UNIVERSE. Well,                                           í Joel Harris
maybe just change how we perceive it.                          NHAS President 2004
As you all know, variety is the best
[also the spice of life – Editor]. Let us    Lunar Eclliipse Nottes
                                             Lunar Ec pse No es
mix up the cosmic soup.
Nominations are open from now until
our December election meeting. Any
member may nominate any other
member. The positions available are:                                                                Photo by David Weaver
President, Vice President, Treasurer,                                                                (Mare Crisium at top)
Secretary, and one Board of Director                                                       Publliic Observiing Hiighlliightts
member. If you are interested in any of                                                    Pub c Observ ng H gh gh s
the positions, please contact any officer.                                                 We had good attendance at the Candia
(E-mail addresses are on the back of                                                       Library Skywatch this month despite
this newsletter.) We survived a year in                                                    competition from the Red Sox game on
office. You can too.                                                                       Oct. 18. Nine NHAS members turned
 *********************                                                                     out under partly cloudy skies and
                                                                                           showed the Moon, the Ring, Double
We had great turnout at the planetarium                                                    Cluster, and Iota Cassiopeia (the latter
for the October 27 lunar eclipse, thanks             Photo by Mathew Marulla
                                                    (Mare Crisium at lower left)           was a Mike Townsend specialty) to
for supporting the event there. I heard                                                    townspeople.
we won’t have another total lunar            It was a beautiful night for an eclipse.
eclipse for years! You have to blame         There were some high clouds when the          Poor weather canceled the Oct. 21
the saros cycle for that. It lasts about     partial phase started, but that only lent     skywatch at Loudon Elementary.
6,585.3 days. See this web site for more     contrast for naked eye observing. About       Oct. 28 was our annual skywatch at
information:                                 halfway to totality, I could start to make    Rundlett Middle School in Concord.
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SE     out some ruddy hues. During the               We had about 100 people under partly
saros/SEsaros.html                           baseball game Harriet and I would go          cloudy skies. Eight NHAS club
                                             outside to check the progress.                members brought scopes.
Hope to see your eclipse photos at this
November 19th meeting at St.                 One fortuitous commercial break                                           í Ed Ting
Anselm’s College in Goffstown, NH.           happened just about two minutes before
                                             totality. I have spoken with several
 *********************
                                             people (all non-astronomers) who also         Noteworthy News
I want to remind you that the public         went outside at that time and recall          Skyscrapers Visit ………..… Page 2
observing season is getting busy. Please     seeing that last sliver of light disappear.
                                             On the web at http://www.nhastro.com/
2                                                 The NHAS Observer                                           November 2004

Triip tto Skyscrapers                      any of you find yourself in the area, feel   Metteors IIncomiing
                                                                                        Me eors ncom ng
Tr p o Skyscrapers                         free to contact them.
Conventtiion
Conven on                                  Dan Lorraine (middle photo) gave me          The Leonids will reach a maximum on
                                           (top photo) a private tour of the club’s     Nov. 17 at 3.25 a.m. EST. They can be
While on business travel in
                                           homemade 8-inch refractor in their           seen from about Nov. 14 to 21. These
Woonsocket, RI during the lunar
                                                                                        are fast meteors, at about 71 km per
eclipse, I managed to make contact with    observatory.
                                                                                        second. The Zenithal Hourly Rates are
the Skyscrapers astronomy club                                     í Rich DeMidio       listed as 10-50+ meteors per hour.
(http://www.theskyscrapers.org/). They     AsttroPhottons
                                           As roPho ons
invited me to observe at their location                                                 The Earth will pass close to two
and share the experience of the eclipse    The Photo Committee met on Oct. 16 at        streams of debris shed by the parent
with them. The conditions were very        Astronomy Daily dot Com in Nashua.           comet in 1333 and in 1733. The 1333
good and I was able to get a ton of        There were 10+ members in attendance.        stream is predicted to yield a ZHR of
photos which I posted with others on       Various topics such as times and places      10 meteors per hour on Nov. 19 at 6h
the NHAS web site.                         for future meetings, equipment reviews,      42m UT, or 1.42 a.m. EST locally. The
                                                        and updating the                1733 stream is predicted to give a ZHR
                                                        committee slide show were       of about 65 meteors per hour on Nov.
                                                        discussed. The main topic       19 at 21h 49m UT, or 4.49 p.m. EST
                                                        for discussion after the        locally.
                                                        business portion of the         The alpha Monocerotids (AMO) peak
                                                        meeting dealt with              on Nov. 21 and should be watched
                                                        CCD/Digital camera              carefully. This shower is classed as
                                                        imaging and proper              'variable and has been known to have
                                                        sampling of images.             outbursts. The ZHR rate is usually
                                                        The next meeting is to be       around 5 meteors per hour, but the
                                                        on Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. and       shower has had rates as high as over
                                                        will take place at the same     400 meteors per hour. The maximum
                                                        location. Mike Kertyzak         this year is at 8h 45m UT, or 3.45 a.m.
                                                       will be running the meeting      EST locally.
                                                       and the main topic of            The northern and southern Taurids are
                                                       discussion will be about         an interesting pair of meteor showers.
                                                       planetary astrophoto-            The southern Taurids (STA) reach a
                                                       graphy. Directions are at        peak on Nov. 5, and can be seen until
                                                       http://www.AstronomyDail         about the 25th. The northern Taurids
                                                       y.com.                           (NTA) peak on Nov. 12. Peak ZHR
                                                       Members are encouraged to        rates for both are about 5 meteors per
                                                       bring in planetary images        hour. These are slow meteors, with a
                                                       they have taken and be           velocity of about 27-29 km per second.
                                                       ready to discuss their                                    í Lew Gramer
                                                       equipment and
                                                       methodology. Please e-           Far Outt Objjectts
                                                                                        F a r Ou Ob e c s
                                                        mail Mike Kertyzak or
                                                        myself if you wish to make      M31, M32, M110, NGC206
                                                        a presentation.                 Category: Spiral, Elliptical, Lenticular,
                                                                                        Star Cloud
                                                        All NHAS members are
                                                                                        Constellation: And
                                                        welcome to attend.
                                                                                        Date of Observation: Evening, Nov.
                                                            í Chase McNiss              Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
                                                                                        Site classification: urban
                                                       Membershiip Nottes
                                                       Membersh p No es                 Limiting magnitude: 4.8
                                                        A new membership year           Seeing: 3+ - medium good
                                                        started in October. You         Moon up: no
                                                        need to “re-up” or else the     Instrument: Reflector 4.5-in. f/4.25
                                                        NHAS e-mail will soon           Magnification: 20x, 40x (Nagler), 65x
I also had a chance to see a lot of                     stop, heaven forbid.            Filters used: None and Lumicon
history including an Alvan Clarke          Also, the annual election of NHAS            DeepSky
scope and their homemade 8-inch            officers occurs in December and you          Data: mag. 3.4 size 135'
refractor in the observatory. I’m happy    need to be a member to join in the           RA/DE: 00h42m +41o16m
to have had the opportunity to enjoy the   annual nomination follies.                                          (See Far Out, p. 3)
eclipse and meet some new people. If                                 í Bob Sletten
November 2004                                       The NHAS Observer                                                          3
Far Out, from p. 2                           this pretty pair blended together at 20x.   Member Moment: John Bishop said he
Description:                                 Still glorious, and still a very great      recently bought a 16-inch Goto dob.
                                             improvement over the view in a 60 mm        When he sent it to find an object, the
Easily found at 20x. Elongated core          finder or binoculars!                       tube kept moving and almost lifted
condensation, and a hint of halo were                                                    itself from the rocker box! A loose
observable at this magnification, but no                             í Lew Gramer
                                                                                         connection was partly to blame.
other detail. M32 was also noted with        The Bottttom Liine
                                             The Bo om L ne
averted and fixated vision.                                                              Scope of the Month. Bob Sletten
                                             Starting Balance: 3,317.98                  reviewed his list of top features for an
At 40x and 65x, M31 showed an                October Deposits: $783.17                   ideal telescope, all the while wearing a
oblique core elongated 7'x15' ENE-            (5 deposits for new and renewing           backpack, and looking very much like
WSW, with an "axis" or arm 15' long          members, bank interest, t-shirt sales)      he was waiting for the school bus.
peeling off of the W end and curving to      October A/P: $350.28
the S. The halo of light around this core                                                His ideal portable scope was in the
                                              (25 Astronomy Calendars, YFOS              backpack, an 80 mm refractor with
showed some unevenness with a                Door, Porta Potty)
granularity of about 5', within 10' SE of                                                2-inch Crayford focuser, packed in a
                                             Net Balance: 3,750.87                       foam-fitted block, all from Williams
core. Sharp edge NW of core about 10'-       Cash Balance: 3,750.87
20' may have been the edge of the halo                                                   Optics. A separate tripod completed the
                                             Membership:       56                        set up. To avoid the need for a finder,
(outer dust lane), or an inner dust lane.
                                             Welcome New Members                         he used a low-power eyepiece that
M110 and NGC206 (a star cloud in                                                         offered a 5 degree field of view. Very
M31) were not apparent at 20x. M110          NHAS welcomes the following new
                                             members into our club:                      impressive!
could be located at 40x with great
difficulty, using averted and fixated        Rebecca Richardson        Boscawen          Lunar Eclipse: For the Oct. 27 event,
vision, and jittering the telescope to        6-in. Newtonian-reflector, solar filter    CMP asked for NHAS members to
help my eye pick up the faint object. To      for Meade 60                               provide telescopes.
locate it under these nasty conditions,      LuAnne Pigeon             Concord           Book of the Month. John Bishop
use a faint triangle of 9 to 10 mag. stars   Henry Hopkinson           Dover             discussed the positive features of 365
NNW of the core, readily apparent in         Mary Brzezenski           Derry             Starry Nights by Chet Raymo. Larry
photographs of the main galaxy. No           Jeremy Burton             Londonderry       Lopez brought several library book for
detail. At 65x, some slight elongation        Has LX200 8" Milburn Wedge                 members to borrow.
of M110 was apparent with averted                        í Barbara O'Connell             Club scope is still at YFOS.
vision and fixation. NGC206 was not                                                      Evening Program. Bob Veilleux
apparent at either 20x or 65x, but was       Lookiing Back att Lastt Montth
                                             Look ng Back a Las Mon h                    presented “The Aurora Borealis”
detected at 40x with the 12 mm Nagler        Opening. Joel Harris welcomed all,
(weighing almost as much as the scope!       reviewed the items in the mail, and wel-
===========================                  comed new member, Jeremy Burton.
M45 (Pleiades)                               Committees. Web: Barbara
Category: Open Cluster                       O'Connell stated that more items are
Constellation: Tau                           working on the new web site.
Date of Observation: Midnight, Nov.          ATMs: Larry Lopez reviewed the
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)             purpose of the ATMs but noted that
Site classification: urban                   there were no upcoming meetings.
Limiting magnitude: 4.8                      Membership: Bob Sletten reported that
Seeing: 3+ - medium good                     the officers decided to plan an
                                             astronomy lab on clear Coffee House
Moon up: no
                                             nights. One topic might be "How to use
Instrument: Reflector 4.5-in. f/4.25                                                               Photo by Bob Sletten
                                             your scope." Someone suggested that
Magnification: 20x, 40x                                                                  Bob has been studying them for 25
Filters used: None                           we try doing that at CMP skywatches.
                                             Photo Comm.: Chase McNiss said the          years and has developed a slide show
Data: mag. 1.2 size 100'                                                                 for use at CMP, where he is a
RA/DE: 03h47m +24o07m                        next meeting would be Oct. 16 at
                                             YFOS but will relocate to Nashua if         volunteer. Bob described the sources of
Description:                                 cloudy. An agenda would be provided.        the aurora: coronal mass ejections and
Under these skies with this scope, much      YFOS. Larry Lopez reviewed all the          solar wind. These hit the upper
of the stunning beauty of the seven          accomplishments of the last work            atmosphere creating charged particles.
sisters is lost! But at 20x, I could still   session (see Oct. newsletter).              He demonstrated the effect with a
count some 74 stars, and saw them            Treasury. Barbara O'Connell                 cheap "plasma ball" and said we should
scattered out to 3 degrees from the          reported a $3317.98 balance. The            all get one. The best places to view
center of the cluster, using averted         officers approved a winter plowing          auroras were of course near the poles.
vision at 40x. A pretty blue-red double      budget for YFOS. Membership last                             (See Looking Back, p. 4)
(the red color was probably due to a         month – 158; 2005 dues year has
contrast effect) were seen at 40x, but       started.
4                                                 The NHAS Observer                                             November 2004
Looking Back, from p. 3                    all point downward at different angles,      Learn more about SHARP at
Basic equipment included a camera,         each camera in turn taking a picture of      http://www.nasasharp.com and Earth
tripod, and cable release. Bob uses 400    the same piece of Earth as the satellite     science applications of MISR at
ASA 35 mm color film and scanning          passes overhead. Viewing the same            http://www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov. Kids can
the images for online use. He suggested    scene through the atmosphere at              do an online MISR crossword at
5-15 second exposures for a 50 mm          different angles gives far more              http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/misr
lens and 15-45 seconds for a 28 mm         information about the aerosols,              _xword/misr_xword1.shtml.
wide angle lens.                           pollution, and water vapor in the air        This article was written by Diane K. Fisher.
                                           than a single view would give. Ground        It was provided by the Jet Propulsion
He has made a habit of checking the        features may also look slightly or           Laboratory, California Institute of
sky every night before bedtime in case     dramatically different from one viewing      Technology, under a contract with the
there is auroral activity. He ended his    angle to another.                            NASA.
talk with a beautiful aurora slide show
set to music.                              Erin's job was to carefully examine the
                                           pictures looking for any flashes of light
            í Michael Frascinella          that might be visible from just one of
Phased by tthe Moon                        the nine angles. Such flashes are
Phased by he Moon
                                           caused by sunlight bouncing off very
In November, every Friday is a new         reflective surfaces and can be seen if a
phase of the Moon.                         camera is pointed at just the right angle
Nov. 5          Nov. 12                    to catch them. Because the satellite data
Last Quarter    New Moon                   contain precise locations for each pixel
                                           in the images, Erin could figure out
                                           exactly where a flashing object on the
                                           ground should be. Her job was then to
                                           figure out exactly what it was that made
                                           the flash-in particular, to see if she
                                           could distinguish man-made objects
                                           from natural ones.
                                           When Erin began working at JPL,
                                           scientists on the MISR project had
Nov. 19          Nov. 26
                                           already identified two large flashes out
First Quarter    Full Moon
                                           in the middle of the Mojave Desert in
NASA Space Pllace
NASA Space P ace                           Southern California. These turned out
                                           to be from solar power generating
A Summer Vacation Tracking                 stations. Soon, Erin began finding
Down UFOs                                  flashes all over the place. She learned
Erin Schumacher's summer job for           how to apply her math knowledge to
NASA was to look for UFOs. Erin is a       figuring out how the objects would
16-year-old high school student from       have to be oriented in order to be seen
Redondo Beach, California, attending       by a particular MISR camera. One time,
the California Academy of                  she and a team of MISR scientists and
Mathematics and Science in Carson.         students went on a field trip to the exact
She was one of ten students selected to    locations of some flashes, where they
work at NASA's Jet Propulsion              found greenhouses, large warehouses
Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena as part of    with corrugated metal roofs, a glass-
the Summer High School                     enclosed shopping mall, and a solar-
Apprenticeship Research Program, or        paneled barn. For some flashes, they
SHARP.                                     could find nothing at all. Those remain
But is studying UFOs a useful kind of      "UFOs" to this
NASA research? Well, it is when they       day!
are "unidentified flashing objects" that
appear in certain images of Earth from
space. Erin worked with scientists on
the Multi-angle Imaging
SpectroRadiometer (MISR) project to
track down these mysterious features.
MISR is one of five instruments
onboard the Earth-orbiting Terra
satellite. MISR's nine separate cameras
 DEADLINE for Dec. 2004 Issue: 5 PM Dec. 3
 E-mail articles to the Editor.
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 to postal or e-mail address.
 How to Join N.H.A.S.
 Write to us:                      Send E-mail to:                                                           2004 Officers
 NHAS                              info@nhastro.com                                                    President: Joel Harris
 P.O. Box 5823                                                                                     Vice President: Don Ware
 Manchester, NH 03108-5823         Use our web site:                                           Treasurer: Barbara O'Connell
 Attn: Treasurer                   http://www.nhastro.com/                                    Secretary: Michael Frascinella
 This month's contributors:
 Joel Harris, Ed Ting, Larry Lopez, Bob Sletten, Barbara
 O'Connell, Chase McNiss, Rich DeMidio, Lew Gramer




New Hampshire Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 5823
Manchester, NH 03108-5823




                                                             Lunar Eclipse, Nov. 19, St. Anselm
  NHAS Upcoming Events
 Event                         Date          Time            Location
 Coffee House                  Nov. 12       5:00 p.m.       YFOS
 Photography Comm.             Nov. 13       3:00 p.m.       Astronomy Daily, Nashua, NH
 Hancock Skywatch              Nov. 17       7:00 p.m.       Hancock School, Hancock, NH
 Nov. Business Meeting         Nov. 19       7:30 p.m.       St. Anselm's College, Goffstown, NH
 Reed’s Ferry Skywatch         Dec. 1        7:00 p.m.       Reed’s Ferry School, Merrimack, NH
 CMP Skywatch                  Dec. 3        7:00 p.m.       Planetarium, Concord, NH
 Coffee House                  Dec. 10       5:00 p.m.       YFOS
 Dec. Business Meeting         Dec. 17       7:30 p.m.       Planetarium, Concord, NH

								
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