Astronomy Club






   Monthly Meeting: All are invited to our next general meeting on Wednesday December 16,2015 (a week earlier than usual) @ 7:00 p.m. in the Tahoe Room at the Lakeview Clubhouse. The program is "Hubble, Comet Shoemaker-Levy, and Jupiter".

The drama started in March 1993 when cash-strapped observers Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy used a previously discarded photographic plate and discovered their ninth comet which had a "squashed"shape.

It soon became apparent that the comet which was orbiting Jupiter (highly unusual) had been fragmented in a previous close pass around Jupiter. Hubble was able to discern 21 fragments stretched across 700,000 miles of space. Some, a km in size, smashed into Jupiter's night side in July, 1994. The author personally watched the first two of these Earth-sized "black eyes" rotate into view at sunset. These larger fragments had an explosive energy of 100 million Hiroshima bombs.

We always present an overview of the night sky as well as upcoming space station sightings. Current events are discussed as well as a program wrap up on recent Hubble findings which are usually surprising. We especially want to note that on the early evening (not the usual after-midnight routine) of Monday December 14th we will be treated with seeing the Geminid meteor shower. Look towards the east. Enjoy!





        STAR PARTY: On Saturday December 12, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. all SCPD residents and guests are invited to enjoy sky lore and telescope viewing. The brilliant  stars of winter are rising.  A crescent moon and the Pleiades  are impressive in our telescope. Bring binoculars if you wish. We will  meet at our usual location as noted below.

Info: 360-7729 or 772-1073


























       All residents and guests are invited to join us at the east greenbelt off Donny Circle, just south of Alliance Way. Watch your step, it's dark.



Contact: Stu @ 360-7726 or Jim @ 772-1073

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