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Mtg&Talks: “In Search of the Shining Mountain” & “The John Glenn Astronomy Park”

January 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

At the Warren Astronomical Society’s Cranbrook meetings, we spend the first hour or so of the meeting on club business and observing reports, then have two presentations, one short and one full-length.

Main Talk: “In Search of… The Shining Mountain, and Other Discourse on Moon Astronomy” by Gary M. Ross

In which it will be shown that observing the Moon with simple telescopes in unfavourable locations, but diligence and the lynx eye of a dedicated field observer — to wit, my own self — leads to spiritual improvement, of which many Society members are in demonstrable need. Per Tennessee Williams: Suddenly, Last Summer.

Again the theme is the utility of small or very small instruments, often in wretched observing locations. That wonderful little world. What fascination on a morning last summer when observing sunset on the southern southern terminator with all of 45X. The eye wandered to the far right limb, and set in motion an observing programme by two blokes with primitive telescopes a continent apart . . ..

(“Apollo”, “astronaut”, and “N.A.S.A.” will not be mentioned.)

About the speaker:
– First lunar observations in 1958 with Dad’s French binoculars @ 8X, dropped in a row-boat a few years later, but not repaired for over fifty years by the Wizard of Mount Hukee.
– Fired for incompetence from Wayne-Oakland Science Olympiad.
– Not worn gym shoes since the Kennedy administration, owned any “camo” since the first Bush administration, have never sent nor received a text message, do not and never have owned a black pick-up truck — with no intention of starting.
– Can not find Camelopardalis nor Lynx, but should get cracking.

Short Talk: “Visiting the John Glenn Astronomy Park” by Jeff Macleod

Last summer Jeff & Janelle took a trip to the Hocking Hills region of southern Ohio, during their stay they found the John Glenn Astronomy Park. Better than that, there was an observing night while they were they, better than that, it was clear! Jeff will share the experience and fun of the John Glenn Astronomy Park with the WAS in this short presentation.

Jeff MacLeod is a physics and astronomy major at Wayne State University, where he also works at the Wayne State Planetarium. He is the former President of the Warren Astronomical Society and has been obsessed with space his entire life, with a special place in his heart for NASA, cosmology, and this club.

Immediately after each Cranbrook meeting of the Warren Astronomical Society, a number of Club members go to the Redcoat Tavern (31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073) for a snack and/or a drink and informal chat. Guests are also invited to join us there.

Directions: Head south on Woodward. The Redcoat will be on your left, on the east side of Woodward, two blocks north of 13 Mile and just north of Burger King. Make a Michigan left and find parking either in front or the large back lot.

If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Jonathan Kade at firstvp@warrenastro.org.

The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.

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January 6, 2020
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cranbrook Institute of Science
1-27 Institute Way
Bloomfield Hills, US


Warren Astronomical Society

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