Observing Blog

ASEM volunteer data, first half of 2016

posted Jul 31, 2016, 6:36 PM by Amy White

Here is a pdf logging ASEM volunteer hours at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Site. Almost a thousand visitors, with close to 500 volunteer hours.


Personal Observing

posted Jul 31, 2016, 6:25 PM by Amy White

Ed and I enjoyed a Saturday night for personal observing out at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Site.

We used the 16" Jones Bird reflector and took a tour of DSO's appropriate for a Moon--less summer evening. My favorite: M94, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venetici. Magnitude 8.2, kind of low on the horizon at 11pm, but definitely viewable!

This is a picture of the JB scope in action during a Friday Night Open House at Broemmelsiek Park.


Neil Degrasse Tyson talk at the Peabody Opera House, 13 May 2015

posted May 20, 2015, 7:06 PM by Amy White

Ed and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.
This Cassini spacecraft image from Saturn shows Earth on the lower right as a pale blue dot.

pale blue dot

NDT, Ed, and me

Sept. 2, 2011

posted Sep 3, 2011, 10:46 AM by Amy White

After an > 100 degree day, it was warm and humid this evening, with a few clouds and much haze.  A few students and their families observed and enjoyed the setting crescent Moon, a bit of the Milky Way, and a few summer DS objects.  Thanks Jim and Grant for the aperture!

What a long semester!

posted May 7, 2011, 8:27 AM by Amy White

This has been the rainiest semester in since 1998!  In spite of this, 46 of my students in SCC Astronomy Lab sections observed at Broemmelsiek Park during Spring 2011 semester.  And students have until May 14 to complete their assignments. 

Last Tuesday evening, May 3rd, the sky was perfect.  Many students showed up and enjoyed the experience.  Let's hope the weather cooperates during the rest of the year.  MORE CLEAR FRIDAYS!

First observations of the new year

posted Jan 29, 2011, 3:05 PM by Amy White

About 10 -15 members and family attended last night's open house at BPO.  The temperature did not get below freezing for a while, and no moon, so good deep sky objects and Jupiter.  The C-14 in the shed is a beast, it will be nice to have this accessible for students.

Oh yes, and M79 is not just a rocket launcher


Wow, the semester is almost over!

posted Nov 30, 2010, 4:04 PM by Amy White

The last post was dated September 24, but we did a lot of observing since then.  Was able to motivate 50 SCC students, plus their friends and families, to come out and do dark sky observing this semester.  I appreciate all the kind sharing of asem members at the Broemmelsiek Friday Night Open House events.  Students get to see different kinds of scopes and also imaging systems.  The generation that grew up with pixels really enjoys the mechanics of imaging.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

posted Sep 27, 2010, 3:56 PM by Amy White

Two of my students, and well over a hundred students, families, and staff from Discovery Ridge Elementary School look through telescopes.  One kid ran up to, and jumped upon, the Starmaster--no harm, but mighty scary!

Friday, September 16, 2010

posted Sep 27, 2010, 3:55 PM by Amy White

One brave loyal student showed up for observing.

Saturday, September 17

posted Sep 27, 2010, 3:54 PM by Amy White

A curious couple visited and asked lots of good questions about the sky.

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