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The latest news from the Raleigh Astronomy Club.

NCMNS Title 1 School Night PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Reasor   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 09:35
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.

                 

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 22:35
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July RACOBS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Keefe   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 09:02
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.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:26
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July Imaging Meeting: Recent Solar Images PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Chris Cole   
Friday, 25 July 2014 07:17

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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:21
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July Meeting: A Galaxy Full of Exoplanets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Murphy   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 16:37
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).

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 19:14
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Space Without The Space PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Keefe   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:30

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.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:45
 
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