A very Happy New Year everyone! While the weather has been a bit “damp” lately, it’s predicted to clear nicely for next week’s meeting and stargazing activities.
Monthly meeting on Monday, January 11th, 7-8:30 pm
This coming Monday night, January 11th, we’ll have our monthly FHAC meeting in the Fountain Hills Community Center from 7-8:30pm. We had a full house last month, so come and meet your fellow local stargazers! I will be presenting a talk on the Constellations and how to find your way around the night sky, with special focus on the constellation Orion. This will be at the beginner level, no experience necessary. I’ll also probably show the remaining slides from last month’s presentation on “How to Buy a Telescope” that I could not show due to the battery in my laptop running down (this time I promise to remember to bring the charger!) We’ll have plenty of time at the break to mingle, and feel free to bring cookies or your favorite snack to share. If you have observed anything of interest in the last month we’ll provide an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences.
Earlybird Q&A Period before meeting
This month I’d like to try offering an early-bird Q&A session from 6:30 to 7:00 pm before the meeting starts. If you have questions about astronomy you’d like to ask 1-on-1, come early and we’ll have a half hour to try to get your questions answered.
Library Skywatch on Tuesday, January 12th, 6:00-9:00 pm
On Tuesday night, January 12th we’ll have our monthly skywatch in the circle outside the Library. The “Friends of the Library” group will be there again to provide cookies and hot chocolate, and we’ll have great views of the Orion Nebula where stars are being born. The skywatch runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you can come early (anytime from 4:30 on) to help set up it would be appreciated. We have covers to put on the lights to darken our viewing area. You are welcome to bring your own telescope to share views with the public, or operate one of the Library’s telescopes (no experience necessary). More on this at the meeting. Dress warmly, temps are predicted to be in the 40’s.
Historical Society / River of Time Museum Dinner-Discussion on January 20th
The Fountain Hills Historical Society (which operates the River of Time Museum that adjoins the Library) has periodic dinner discussion meetings. These are open to all. At their dinner-discussion meeting on January 20th at the Community Center I will be giving a talk entitled, “Keep Looking Up In Fountain Hills – Astronomy in the Lower Verde River Valley.” I will discuss local astronomy activity including an amateur astronomer who discovered and named almost 500 new asteroids right from his Fountain Hills backyard, including one that he named for our town! More information can be found in the River of Time Museum newsletter for Jan-Feb 2016, which can be accessed here . If you would like to attend, dinner reservations can be made here. Tickets for the event are $20 for Historical Society members and $25 for non-members.
Clear skies, and hope to see you next week!