SaddleBrooke SkyGazers

Astronomical calendar of events

Rita Fletcher

September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Star Party at softball field parking lot near back gate

See: Planets (Saturn, possibly Jupiter), the moon, asterisms (Summer Triangle), Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius, the colorful double star Albireo in Cygnus the Swan.

October 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Dr. Tom Fleming, U of A at HOA 1 Activity Center

Topic: “Making Relativity Simple.” Dr. Fleming received his A.B. in Physics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the U of A. He has worked with NASA in the field of x-ray astronomy. He serves as host of the Steward Observatory Public Evening Lecture Series. He has received the U of A’s Provost’s General Education Teaching Award for his innovative techniques in teaching science and astronomy to students not majoring in science. He received an Excellence in Academic Advising Award from the U of A as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor. He has written The Cosmic Perspective, edited the textbook Stars and appeared in the TV series Naked Science episode “The Birth of the Earth” on the National Geographic Channel and the BBS documentary “Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk.

October 20, 3:45-8:45 p.m. – Trip to the U of A at Science SkyCenter Observatory on Mt. Lemmon – members $60; 24-person limit

October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Star Party at softball field parking lot near back gate

See: The planet Saturn, the asterism the Great Square of Pegasus, an open cluster the Double Cluster in Perseus and the Andromeda Galaxy.

November 10, 7:00 p.m. – Dr. Lockwood Carlson at Mountain View Clubhouse West Ballroom

Topic: “Gravitational Waves”

November 12, 7:00 p.m. – William Hartman at Planetary Science Institute HOA 1 Activity Center

Topic: “Latest News about Lunar Origin and Martian Climate Changes”

William Hartman’s work has been divided among three areas: Scientific research at PSI, paintings and writing. He is currently on the imaging team of NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor mission. His paintings include astronomical scenes (used for magazine and book covers), and his writing includes popular science books and two recent novels.

November 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Star Party at softball field parking lot near back gate

See: Moon, possibly Saturn, Northern Cross, Ring Nebula in Lyra, Andromeda Galaxy and the double star Albiereo.

The SkyGazers Astronomy Club invites all residents of SaddleBrooke and the Ranch to these FREE events!

To learn more about the benefits (discounted trips and socials), support and join the club, call Sam Miller at 520-468-2525 or email [email protected] or write a $10 check to SkyGazers and mail to Sam Miller at 62930 E. Silkwood Way, Tucson, AZ 85739.