Comet Siding Spring and Mars Encounter - Certificate

Oct
16

The Astronomical League is working with NASA to bring you some special observing opportunities and awards.  The first of these is coming up very soon.  It is to celebrate the flyby of Mars by Comet Siding-Spring.  The target date is October 19, 2014.  Submissions must be made to the NASA website by December 19, 2014.

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What's Up with the Astronomical League October 2014

Oct
03

The main highlights of this current edition are

  • Harvard Observatory is beginning the second phase of its glass plate transcription project.
  • Special observing opportunities and awards are available as a special collaboration between NASA and the League.
  • Assorted photos from the recently concluded ALCon 2014 are included.
     

Download PDF of the October issue 

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Outreach Downloads from the Astronomical League

Oct
01

The Astronomical League offers posters for clubs to download, then have printed for display at their public events such as Astronomy Day. They range in size from 20 x 30 inch sheets to materials that can be mounted on tri-fold project display boards. Some are available in 8.5 x 11 inch format. These documents can be printed at a local print shop at a rate of about $0.75 per square foot for black and white copies. Please visit https://www.astroleague.org/outreach

 

A few of the titles offered:

 

You Are Here — Illustrates our location in the Milky Way galaxy.

Navigating the Spring (or Fall) Night Sky — Gives the novice a tour of the sky.

How is Your Stargazing Knowledge? — Tests the public’s knowledge of the night sky in a friendly, interactive way.

Our Unnatural Night — Confronts the problem of light pollution.

What Telescope is Best for Me? — Guides the newcomer towards a suitable telescope.

How to Find Celestial Objects — Shows the methods amateur astronomers use to locate faint objects with ease.

The Need for Telescopes — Using the moon for comparison, the relative sizes of the planets are shown.

The ABCs of Stargazing — Explains the concepts of angular distance, brightness, and the altitude-azimuth coordinate system.

Is That a Planet or a Star? — Answers the question of how to tell a planet from a star.

 

If you would like to develop a set of downloadable materials in the style of those already available at Outreach Downloads, please contact Astronomical League President John Goss, president@astroleague.org.

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Imaging/Observing Opportunity: Comet Siding Spring Near Miss with Mars October 19

Sep
30

The Astronomical League is working with NASA to bring you some special
observing opportunities and awards.  The first of these is coming up very
soon.  It is to celebrate the flyby of Mars by Comet Siding-Spring.  The
target date is October 19, 2014.  Submissions must be made to the NASA
website by December 19, 2014.

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Sketching Observing Award

Why sketch at the eyepiece? Well the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" may apply here. Introducing the new Astronomical League Sketching Observing Award.
 
Before some of you say "but I can't sketch” understand that the Sketching Observing Award was not created for "artists". It is for everyone regardless of the level of observing experience or artistic ability.  If you can put a pencil mark to paper, if you can make a smudge with your finger, you have the ability to complete this award. The main focus of the program is not to make artists out of amateur astronomers but to help slow down the observing process and improve observing skills over time.
 
The process of sketching can be intimidating for some that have never attempted it before but with some patience and practice you will be surprised that over time your ability to record what you observe will improve. There are tutorial links and other resources listed on the AL Sketching Observing Award webpage that are highly informative and recommended for those new to sketching astronomical objects. There are also advanced tips for more detailed sketching and for those with more experience.
 
We hope this award will help you gain a greater appreciation for sketching astronomical objects and enhance your skills in recording the details of your observations.

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