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Visit our RMA Club Meeting page for links to previous presentations

 


Join Us For Our Roper Mountain Astronomers Meeting
1530601_584833251586724_54798317_n Thursday April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm

It will be in the top floor conference room beside the observatory

Everyone is welcome to join us

This is a perfect opportunity to see what Roper Mountain Astronomers is about.

Michael Fedor will be presenting the Caldwell List

Michael is the Vice President of Roper Mountain Astronomers.  He is an experienced dark sky observer and astrophotographer.

 RMA T-Shirts are for sale at our General meetings for $18

L and XL Available.

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APRIL OUTREACH EVENT

Cyrill-Westside Library

525 Oak Grove Rd., Spartanburg SC 29301

Thursday April 30, 2015

RMA member Lee Ott will present “Getting Started with Stargazing and if weather permits, the audience will have an opportunity to look through telescopes after the presentation.

RMA members are requested to bring their equipment, knowledge, and enthusiasm for amateur Astronomy.

STARGAZE PDF

Schedule:
7:30 Volunteer and Staff arrival time; set up presentation inside library and observing equipment outside
7:45 Group goes outside to observe
8:00 Presentation begins
9:30 Library closes

 


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STAR PARTY

The Star Party for this Saturday evening has been cancelled due to the weather predictions. Our page will be updated once we can reschedule.

Plan to arrive before sunset to set up your Telescope and any other equipment.

Check out our Star Party page

Weather permitting so make sure to check in Saturday evening for updates

Find more about Weather in Greenville, SCClick for weather forecast


Southern Star 2015

Link to This Year’s Speakers

RMA Members and Friends

Upper Left: Speaker Jim Mullaney (Astronomy Lecturer and Author) and Dr. John Cox

Upper Right: Frank and Debbie Crowder

Group picture

Bottom L – R Nancy Mawhinney, Jason Harrison, Ken Randall, Jack Randall,

2 nd Row L-R: Earl, Mawhinney, Dr Neil Easden, Ed Richards, Robert Jones, Ann Richards (back) Laura Randall, Dennis Wilde, Lee Pettyjohn

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A talented young lady faithfully practiced her violin each afternoon. A crowd of listeners always gathered to listen. Pictured to the left is Terry Moore

 

 

Many thanks to the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club for the great job in organizing the 29th annual Southern Star.

 


IRIDIUM FLARES

The most famous flashers in the night are the Iridium satellites. A fleet of more than 60 of these communication satellites was launched in the late 1990’s to provide global satellite cell phone service. The costly service never caught on, and the private consortium went bankrupt. The satellites were to have been de-orbited and intentionally burned up in the atmosphere but were saved at the eleventh hour by the US Department of Defense. Orbiting 780 kilometers up, the Iridium satellites have highly reflective antennas, each the size of a door. The antennas act as flat mirrors, creating brief but intense flashes of sunlight. In a few seconds, an Iridium can rise from it’s normal magnitude of +6 (barely visible to the naked eye) to as high as magnitude -8, which is 25 times brighter than Venus. A brilliant “star” literally appears out of nowhere, then, after a few seconds of prominence, quickly disappears. Iridium flares are visible almost every night but are highly localized. A friend in the next country won’t see the same flare you see. For predictions, see   www.heavens-above.com “The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide” by Terrence Dickinson & Alan Dyer

Article Contributed by Ed Richards


What’s In The Sky This Month

Compliments of Telescope.com

 


Click the download link for a PDF of the Star Map or to download


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RMA Annual Picnic 2014

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