SaddleBrooke SkyGazers

Astronomical calendar of events

Rita Fletcher

October 20 – 3:45 to 8:45 p.m. – Trip to the University of Arizona Science SkyCenter Observatory on Mt. Lemmon; members $60; 24 person limit

October 25 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Star Party – Softball Field Parking lot near back gate

See: 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 – MountainView Clubhouse West Ballroom. Topic: Gravitational Waves

November 12 – 7:00 p.m. – William Hartman, 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 to 8:30 p.m. – Star Party – 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) and support and join the club call Sam Miller 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, Arizona 85739.

The Eclipse of the Sun was a wondrous experience! SaddleBrooke resident Don Holder shares his: “Upon reaching our destination of Glendo, Wyoming we saw it was so mobbed that we decided to move to the next exit. We found a nice rest area already filled with eclipse fans camping out. People poured into the area as morning broke. Besides eclipse glasses, we had a small 50mm spotting scope and 10×30 binos, which worked well when we removed the filters during our two minutes and 26 seconds of totality. The feelings beneath the eclipsed sun are difficult to express, but it seemed everyone was genuinely moved with emotion. We left after totality, though it took us six hours to get through traffic back to Colorado, it was well worth the effort.”