Astronomical Observations

The abri Blanchard bone dating back to 13,000 B.P.  From Wikipedia- Before Present (BP) years is a time scale used mainly in geology and other scientific disciplines to specify when events in the past occurred. Because the “present” time changes, standard practice is to use 1 January 1950 as commencement date of the age scale, […]

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Astronomical Observations

Yep you looking up at night through a telescope are continuing on in the world’s oldest science and 1st science- Astronomy.  Ancient Babylonians notice the stars motions from around 1,800 BC on.  Very little was recorded until the invention of cuneiform writing.  Taking a reed and pressing it into a clay tablet.  Very little survived, but […]

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SkyWatch Nov 2016

Nov 18th, 2016 was the SJAC last Public SkyWatch of this year.  Temperature was not too bad.  It really started to get cold around 9pm, but I had my snow coveralls and hot chocolate with my new Stanley Thermos! My daughter and I got there at 6:30 and this time of the year it was […]

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Astronomy Club Meeting

I took my kids to this past Thursday’s South Jersey Astronomy Club meeting.  We stopped at a Wawa prior to going so the kids could get a Hot Chocolate.  Wanted to make it fun and they love Hot Chocolate.  There were 2 other kids there which was great.  15 in all attended. So what do […]

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Stars and Hot Chocolate

My first sky watch last night with a local Astronomy Club.  One word, FANTASTIC!  I’ve done some reading prior to going on do’s and don’ts, how to dress, what to take etc… I took my daughter, Crystal, with me.  We ate dinner, so munchies were not going to be a problem.  Got dressed-  it was going […]

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Cygnus- The Story Behind the Stars

Cygnus is the Latin word for swan. Cygnus Mythology The constellation is a mythological representation of the swan. There are several different stories associated with the Cygnus constellation. One story involves the Greek mythological character of Leda who was the Queen of Sparta. As with many ancient Greek myths the amorous advances of the King […]

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Cygnus- Look Straight up!

Last night was a good night!  Got to see Mars (Still just an orange fuzz ball).  Venus and finally- Saturn (Way cool.  Got to see the ring around it, but it was low on the horizon and as a result you end up looking through a lot of the atmosphere and it makes it hard […]

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