CCAS Newsletter Archive







Newsletter Archive
The Society publishes a monthly newsletter, Observations, available to all of its members. It includes reviews of past meetings, notes on upcoming meetings, Society business, observing hints for current objects, and other items of interest to Society members. To obtain a copy of the current newsletter, join CCAS today!

We are proud that our former newsletter editor, Jim Anderson, won the 2006 Mabel Sterns Award for excellence in newsletter editing from the Astronomical League.

We are proud that our webmaster & newsletter editor, John Hepler, won the 2009 Mabel Sterns Award for excellence in newsletter editing from the Astronomical League.

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Year 2014





 
Observations
December 2014
Highlights include: "Successful Launch of Orion Heralds First Step on Journey to Mars," by Steven Siceloff; "Through the Eyepiece: NGC 2169, the “37” Cluster," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; and "NASA Space Place: Where the Heavenliest of Showers Come From," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
November 2014
Highlights include: "LL Bean Trailblazer XR Headlamp Review," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap," Submitted by Stephanie Schierholz & Keith Koehler, NASA; "Planet-Forming Lifeline Discovered in a Binary System," Submitted by ESO, Garching, Germany; "Through the Eyepiece: The Triangulum Galaxy, Messier 33," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; and, "Where Does the Sun’s Energy Come From?" by NASA Space Place.


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Observations
October 2014
Highlights include: "Movin’ on Up (Converting from Wedge to GEM)," by CCAS Member Steve Leiden; "Through the Eyepiece: The Pleiades, Jewels of the Night!" by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; and "NASA Space Place: Twinkle, Twinkle, Variable Star," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
October 2014
Highlights include: "Movin’ on Up (Converting from Wedge to GEM)," by CCAS Member Steve Leiden; "Through the Eyepiece: The Pleiades, Jewels of the Night!" by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; and "NASA Space Place: Twinkle, Twinkle, Variable Star," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
September 2014
Highlights include: "Project ASTRO Needs You!," by Dr. Karen Schwarz, West Chester University; "Through the Eyepiece: Uranus, the Distant Green Jewel," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Book Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir," by Don Knabb; and "NASA Space Place: Droughts, Floods and the Earth's Gravity, by the GRACE of NASA," by Dr. Ethan Siegel. by Don Knabb


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Observations
August 2014
Highlights include: "Former Nixon Advisor Reminisces About Apollo 11 Mission," by John R. Price; "August 2014 Observing Highlights," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Spot Lunar Landing Sites Using Binoculars," by Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic Society; "Through the Eyepiece: The Summer Triangle," by Don Knabb, and "NASA Space Place: The Invisible Shield of Our Sun," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
July 2014
Highlights include: "3, 2, 1, Blastoff! And Just 179 Miles Away," by Melanie D. G. Kaplan, Washington Post; "Through the Eyepiece: Asteroids Ceres and Vesta," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; and, "NASA Space Place: A Glorious Gravitational Lens," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
June 2014
Highlights include: "NASA's WISE Findings Poke Hole in Black Hole "Doughnut" Theory," by Jet Propulsion Laboratory; "June 2014 Observing Highlights," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Failed Dwarf Galaxy Survives Galactic Collision Thanks to Full Dark-Matter Jacket," submitted by NRAO, Socorro, New Mexico; "Through the Eyepiece: Globular Cluster M5 in Serpens," by Don Knabb; and "NASA Space Place: The Hottest Planet in the Solar System," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
May 2014
Highlights include: "Up Close & Personal with the Space Shuttle Endeavor," by CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair Don Knabb; "May 2014 Observing Highlights," by Don Knabb; "Attending the 2014 Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF)," by CCAS Program Chair Dave Hockenberry; "Through the Eyepiece: The Leo Triplet of Galaxies," by Don Knabb; and "NASA Space Place: The Power of the Sun's Engines," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
April 2014
Highlights include: "April 2014 Observing Highlights," by Don Knabb," CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Through the Eyepiece: Mars, The Red Planet," by Don Knabb; "A New Nova Shines in Cygnus," by Michael E. Bakich, Astronomy Magazine; and "NASA Space Place: Old Tool, New Use: GPS and the Terrestrial Reference Frame," by Alex H. Kasprak.


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Observations
March 2014
Highlights include: "Bullying Black Holes Force Galaxies to Stay Red and Dead," courtesy of ESA, Noordwijk, Netherlands; "March 2014 Observing Highlights by Don Knabb," CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Through the Eyepiece: M94, The Galaxy with Rings within Rings," by Don Knabb; and "NASA Space Place: A Two-Toned Wonder from the Saturnian Outskirts," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
February 2014
Highlights include: "CCAS Astrophotography Display at West Goshen Township Building," by Kathy Buczynski, CCAS Education Chair; "Through the Eyepiece: M109, the Vacuum Cleaner Galaxy," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Recent Additions to the CCAS Lending Library," by Barb Knabb, CCAS Librarian; and "NASA Space Place: Surprising Young Stars in the Oldest Places in the Universe," by Dr. Ethan Siegel.


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Observations
January 2014
Highlights include: "Hubble Images Become Tactile 3-D Experience for the Blind," submitted by NASA; "January 2014 Observing Highlights," by Don Knabb, CCAS Treasurer & Observing Chair; "Through the Eyepiece: M44, The Beehive Cluster," by Don Knabb; and "NASA Space Place—The Big Picture: GOES-R and the Advanced Baseline Imager," by Kieran Mulvaney.


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