A Busy Weekend.

With so many things to do this weekend (including work), it was exhausting.  Saturday started with about 4 hours of work to meet deadlines.

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Then it was off to the Riverside Astronomical Society’s Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. There we concluded the year’s business for the club and more importantly finished next years calendar of events.  Then we had a pleasant meal before the next event…the general meeting.

As president, I get to preside over and run the meeting.  We had reports on all the happenings at the Board meeting and then our Chief Observer gave his report for the month.  A first type presenter, Michael Bauer, did this month’s “What’s Up?” presentation of Wolf Reyet stars.  The interesting thing is that Michael did it using his phone!  I will have to work that out for my presentations.

Dusan Keres

After our break, the guest speaker for the evening Dusan Keres, from the Department of Physics, UCSD gave his talk on “Understanding Galaxy Formation with Supercomputer Models.”  Interestingly enough, many of the points that Michael gave in his presentation were echoed in Dusan’s.  Michael said it was just coincidence, but I am not buying it.

What I found most interesting was the dark matter halos that theory has surrounds each galaxy, and may have actually caused the galaxies to form.  This is a little different than the super-massive black hole theory that has them forming galaxies.  It will be interesting to see how this all works out.  I would probably be easier if we could either observe or measure dark matter.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Too Much Good Stuff Going On This Weekend In SoCal.

I hardly know where to begin, so we will start with the big one.

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The JPL Open House is back!!!! Yeah!!! If you have youngsters that want to be run over by a Martian rover, or you want to see the place where history is continually made, this is it! Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm each day.  You MUST go if you live in the area.  More information here.

Next is the SIA Expo (Science, Imaging and Astronomy) at Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Saturday from 10am to 6pm.  Farah and everyone from Woodland Hills Photo and Telescope put on a great event each year.  Great deals.

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And of course it is the monthly meeting of the Riverside Astronomical Society.  In addition to that it is quarterly board meeting and all RAS members are welcome to attend.  Afterwards we have dinner and everyone that wants to eat with us is more than welcome to come.

Another happening on Saturday near the entrance to Joshua Tree Nation Park is the 10th annual Sky’s The Limit celebration at the nature center.  More information can be found here.

 

The last little guilty pleasure for the weekend is the Bargain Camera Show.  This Sunday from 10am-3pm at the Elks Lodge in Pasadena, camera bargains galore can be found.

 

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Pirate Star Party This Weekend!

It is time for the annual Riverside Astronomical Societies themed Star Party.

And in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Friday, September 19th), this year’s theme is pirates!

I, of course, will be dressed appropriately.  P.S. The image is to see if anyone actually reads this post, my outfit is WAY sexier than this. As you might be able to tell, really like this idea as I have been a fan of the Pirate Day festivities for years.  Alas, there are no pirate constellations, nebula to photograph.

The only possibility is what Stephen O’Meara calls it the pirate moon cluster, NGC 1647.  So I will try to image that and post the results on Monday.

As always, everyone is invited to attend the star party, costumed or not, this weekend.  Come out to GMARS and have a good time.  More information can be found here.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Recap Of This Weekends RAS General Meeting.

 

John Carpenter

Our guest speaker was John Carpenter, from the Department of Astronomy at Caltech.  His talk was an interesting twist on what was once a lone subject: The Origin of Solar Systems (notice the plural).

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Now that the Kepler mission has provided us with a lot of new planetary systems, the old model of how our solar system was formed has to be tossed.  It just didn’t hold up after all the new data was analyzed.

John said: “The common theme to my research over the years has been to understand how stars and planetary systems form. My interest in these topics began in graduate school, where I imaged the large-scale structure of molecular clouds and searched for newly formed star clusters.  At Caltech, I have continued this research and expanded into new areas. In particular, I am heavily involved in operating the CARMA millimeter-wave interferometer.”

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The CARMA site is about 15 miles from the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (250 miles north of Los Angeles).  John also told us that they give tours once a month, so you can check their website for more information.

Oddly enough, our “What’s Up?” presentation (done by club member Mark Melnyk), was about Cygnus (the Swan), which was the area that Kepler imaged to find all these exo-planets.

Additionally, our Chief Observer, Michael Barker, gave a lively presentation on a “meteorite” strike in Nicaragua.  The debate raged for a few minutes, because, well the photos don’t really show a meteorite strike.  Can you tell why this isn’t a meteorite strike.  Its like “Where’s Waldo,” only much easier.  It looks like a ordinance crater to me.

All, in all, it was another fun evening of astronomy and hanging out with friends.  Please be sure to check our website for meeting times and speaker info at: www.rivastro.org.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Riverside Astronomical Society Star Party Weekend Recap.

It was a great weekend for viewing or photographing the night sky.  The new roof worked great.  I’ll have some images processed this week and post them.

Only a few newcomers at the party, but everyone had a good time.

A lot of meteors, most likely remnants of the Persieds from earlier.

We had meetings to discuss the future development of the site and are anxiously looking toward Nightfall.  This years event will have even more than the past 20 years.  We will once again be at the Palm Canyon Resort and RV park.  You need to act fast if you want to be onsite.  Otherwise there are two other hotels near the event that still might have openings.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Star Party Weekend.

For those of you that have a chance, you are more than welcome to come out to the Riverside Astronomical Societies dark sky site (GMARS).

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If you would like more information or directions, they can be found here.  We have two houses, 8 beds, 3 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, internet available, and lots of good people and good times.

Please be sure to come early in the afternoon on Saturday so that everyone can see who you are before it gets dark and you can meet and greet other club members.  It will also give you time to eat!  That’s right, we will be hosting our usual Star-B-Que Saturday evening.  It is free, but if you would like to bring something, it is a pot luck.

No matter what you skill level, you will find something to look at.  You don’t even need to bring your own telescope.  You can wander around and look through other peoples telescopes.  Don’t worry we are a friendly bunch ( except for that SOB of a Club President…wait…that’s me!).

If you would like to set up your own scope, we usually have pads available and there is a whole lot of field that you can also use.  There is electricity on the field that is also available.  It looks like the weather gods are going to be nice this weekend (the viewing was AWESOME last weekend).

I hope to see you there.  If not, I hope you can make an evening of observing somewhere.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman