FOR THE PROMOTION OF ASTRONOMY AND SCIENCE FOR FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY in GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA AND SURROUNDING REGION EST 1987
Photo by Mike Fedor at the Hwy 11 Dark Sky Site, July 5, 2014
The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years.
Roper Mountain Science Center’s
Friday Starry Nights
Now Showing in the Giant Dome Theater & Planetarium
Tonight Sat. July 26
at the Furman Observatory on HWY 11
Members and invited Guests only.
We will not have a July Meeting
Our Next General Meeting will be on August 21
HISTORY OF THE DANIEL OBSERVATORY
By Lee Ott
We have RMA Tee Shirts, Patches, Coffee cups, and star maps for sale. These will be for sale at meetings, star parties, and other events.
Getting started with Star Gazing
By Lee Ott
RMA is looking for a dorm size refrigerator and microwave for the Hwy 11 dark sky sight. Please contact Ed Richards if you know of one available.
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OUR CURRENT NIGHT SKY