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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

We will talk about the human experience of the moon. The Moon is that endlessly fascinating astro-feature we usually take for granted, even if the first thing we show friends or the public. Aside from the Sun, what other object in the heavens, naked eye, actually looks like what we read about?

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

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.


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