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Thu Jul 31 @ 7:00PM
Getting Started in Astro-imaging - Free Workshop
Thu Aug 14 @ 7:00PM
RAC Meeting
Fri Aug 15 @ 8:30PM
Public Observing - Art in the Evening
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM
RAC Imaging Meeting
Thu Aug 28 @ 7:00PM
Getting Started in Astronomy - Free Workshop
Fri Aug 29 @ 6:00PM
RAC Observing Session (RACOBS)

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The next RAC Observing Session (RACOBS) is scheduled for Friday, Aug 29th, 2014 at 8:00pm. Check back after 6 PM on the day of the observing session for go/no-go status and times.

NCMNS Title 1 School Night
On Thursday night, July 24, RAC participated in the NC Museum of Natural Sciences  
Title 1 School Night program. Over a hundred guests interacted with our exhibits in the
NRC lobby. Club members set up binocular and telescope stations along with hi-res
 images of the moon that visitors enjoyed viewing. Frank W, Doug L and Daniel K
answered lots of questions and kids enjoyed getting glow sticks for viewing the moon.

                 

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July RACOBS
Click for largerFriday July 25 was the club's monthly observing session, RACOBS.  Clouds dominated the skies most of the day on Friday but skies cleared just after sunset and stayed clear until well after 2:30 AM when the last of the observers packed up for the night.  We had approximately 12 to 15 members in attendance and 20 or so guests including cub scouts from several different local packs.  It was great to see kids get excited about astronomy.
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July Imaging Meeting: Recent Solar Images

For our July imaging meeting, there was considerable interest in the new Quark h-alpha solar filter by Daystar and it's possibilities, not just for solar imaging, but for visual observing as well.

The discussion began with Phyllis Lang showing her new Quark Daystar h-alpha filter and explaining it's specifications and performance.  Input was given by others in attendance with how it would be comparable to other brands of expensive h-alpha solar scopes on the market today.  

Next, images by our members were displayed to show the Quark's potential for solar imaging.  Images also were used to give a reference of what the Quark is capable of showing visually.

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July Meeting: A Galaxy Full of Exoplanets
ExoplanettalkSpeaker: Brian Reasor

2014-07-10 – July Meeting, Officer for the Meeting: Brian Reasor

Congratulations to everyone attending the July RAC meeting in spite of torrential rain showers. A number of folks jumped into their amphibious  vehicles and made their way downtown to the museum for the meeting.

The presentation for the July meeting was an overview of Exoplanets. The slide-talk and video pulled together Exoplanet topics such as how many are known to exist (1700+) and where they are located (mostly within 500 light years of our sun).

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Space Without The Space

Click for larger  This is pretty interesting illustration by Randall Munroe of how much solid surface there is in our solar system.  As best as I can guess the illustration includes the solid surface under liquid bodies.  You can read more at  http://io9.com/a-map-showing-all-the-solar-systems-solid-surfaces-stit-1598999931, a post by George Dvorsky.

 

 
2014 International Sun-Day
Click for largerSeveral Raleigh Astronomy Club members supported the International Sun-Day events at the North of Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  

At the start of the event (12 noon) the weather was not at all cooperative with almost 100% cloud cover.  However holes in the clouds began to appear by 2pm and by 3pm we started to get some solar observing in.  The sun was somewhat quite today without a lot of activity / sun spots.  By around 3:30 we were able to start noticing a sun spot near top edge of the sun.

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