Upcoming Events

Thu Aug 13 @ 7:00PM
Getting Started in Astro-Imaging
Fri Aug 14 @ 8:00PM
RAC Observing Session (RACOBS)
Thu Aug 20 @ 7:00PM
RAC Imaging Meeting
Fri Aug 21 @ 8:00PM
[outreach] NC Art Museum Stargaze
Thu Aug 27 @ 7:00PM
Indoor RAC Meeting:
Thu Sep 03 @ 7:00PM
Getting Your Kids Started in Astronomy



The next RAC Observing Session (RACOBS) will be Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 8:00pm. Check back on the day of the observing event after 6:00 PM for go/no-go status and time.

Eyepiece Cleaning Clinic

Several members of RAC (and a couple from CHAOS) joined Jim Pressley and Phyllis Lang at the NCSU Crafts Center Saturday for an informal eyepice cleaning clinic. Supplies and refreshments were provided for attendees who brought an eyepiece or two for cleaning.

Photo by Michael Mantini

Pluto Animation

Pluto has very much been on everyone's mind this week with all the information from NASA's New Horizons mission that has been released this week. Long time RAC member Mark Lang took advantage of the skies during the July RAC observing session to build his own very cool animation of Pluto taken from here in North Carolina. Please note, you need to click the image to see the animation.

Pluto Animation by Mark Lang
July 2015 RACOBS

Although it was warm and muggy and sky conditions not optimal, the July outdoor observing session offered a chance for some summer season observing for about a dozen RAC members. Some members even took advantage of the conditions to get some imaging time, including this spectacular photograph of the Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules by Steve Christensen (Image Used With Permission).

M13 and Surrounding Area, Image Courtesy of Steve Christensen
June Meeting: Planetary Atmospheres

Speaker:  Tony Rice, Solar System Ambassador

This month's speaker was Tony Rice, one of our local NASA Solar System Ambassadors.  His topic was "Planetary Atmospheres".  Tony began by giving the club members a quiz he normally gives to teachers and broadcast meteorologists.  It had 4 questions which our group were able to answer correctly, but the area teachers and TV broadcasters (including the Daily Show with Jon Stewart) had trouble answering.  












International Sun-Day 2015

It was a very warm day on Sunday, June 21st, but the views were great! Several members brought white light and H-alpha solar scopes and set up on the bicentennial plaza outside the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The Sun provided a great show with two large sun spots and a really large prominence which just improved over the course of the observing session. About 100 folks stopped by on their way to the presentations at the museum and enjoyed the views, despite the star of the show making the temperatures near 100 degrees. Our intrepid club members stayed out for over three hours to support this event. Definitely going above and beyond!

Looking at Sunspots in a White Light Filter Looking at Prominence in a H-Alpha
AMS Sidewalk Astronomy

On June 10-12, 2015 Raleigh hosted the 43rd AMS Broadcast Meterology conference. Broadcasters from all over the country converged on the Civic Center for presentations and meetings. They also were treated to a sidewalk observation session from the Raleigh Astronomy Club. On Thursday, June 11, several members came out and set up on the sidewalk to provide views of celestial objects. Despite the city lights and storms in North Raleigh and Cary, the skies downtown were clear and seeing very, very steady. Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn provided some really great views not only to folks leaving the conference, but for many which came dowtown for the free concert on Fayetteville street. Thanks again to all the members who participated in this event.

Sidewalk Astronomy SSA Tony Rice Admires A Moon Display
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