Riverside Astronomical Society General Meeting Update

For those of you who aren’t in SoCal, I thought I would update you on the goings on of my astronomy club, the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS).

This month’s guest speaker was the world famous Dennis Mammana.  Dennis is also a member of the RAS and a writer/speaker/teacher of astronomy and photography.  Dennis is one of the 33 members of The World At Night (TWAN).  If you haven’t visited the TWAN website, I highly recommend that you spend some time.  The photography/photographers are spectacular.

Dennis is also going to be teaching a two day workshop on September 7-8, 2013 on how to take night sky photographs at the RAS’s dark sky site, GMARS.  The cost for the workshop is $99 for RAS members and $119 for non-members.  If you would like to learn to take images like those above that are from Dennis’s collection, come join us.  Food and fun, plus a little learning.

Meeting Start

Setting up for the meeting.

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Diane brought our snacks for the break before Dennis’s talk.

 

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Some of the TWAN members.  I am sure you have seen their work on the internet (or people trying to copy their work).

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Last slide

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Dennis

Winning Ticket

And the winner is…

Do I have it

The anticipation is palpable on Mark’s face.

Winner

Yeah! Chocolate’s have been won!

– 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

Global Astronomy Month

April is Global Astronomy Month.  There are many activities and programs available for amateurs and educators.  You can find out more about GAM here. These events are mostly run by Astronomers Without Borders who hope to once again bringing enthusiasts together in a worldwide to celebrate their motto “One People, One Sky.”

There is a Globe at Night photo contest, a poetry contest, an art contest, observing events, star parties and outreach.  So this month take the time to look up at the night sky.  Better yet, plan an event to take a group out to somewhere dark and be inspired to write, photo or draw what you see.

There are many other groups involved in this effort.  Some of them are The World at Night (TWAN),

the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)

and others.  This month make a point to get out into the dark and see the Universe again, or take someone out and show it to them for the first time.  Look up everyone, and enjoy.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  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 +.  If you need help with any patent, trademark, or copyright issue, or know someone that can use my help, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.

Norman