The Sky This Month

Deep sky observers should check out Brian Cuthbertson’s Observing Targets for November and December.

The drift from Halloween to Thanksgiving brings along its own sky. If your preference is the Milky Way with its clusters and nebulae, then the northern sky is your stomping ground now. All the rest is galaxies, from Andromeda and M31 up north, all the way down to the Small Magellanic Cloud near the South Pole.

The December nights contain some of the most recognizable features and events in the sky. Orion begins his domination of the ESE; his belt points to Sirius below, and to Aldeberan above. NE of Orion is Gemini, and the Geminid meteor shower is in great view from the 8th to the 17th. The Geminids are an above average shower, with rates nearing 100 meteors an hour, under best conditions. Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn also are visible in the month, though Saturn begins his slip, visible mostly ahead of sunrise.

But no matter, it's all infinite, and all infinitely interesting. So get out and enjoy, just remember to bring a jacket this time, you might actually need it!

Solar System Events

Full Moon Nov 24th
Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
Dec 7th
New Moon
Dec 11th
Geminids Meteor Shower Dec 13th
Ursids Meteor Shower Dec 21st
Full Moon Dec 25th
Mercury at Greatest E. Elongation
Dec 29th

Walk Among the Stars
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We all have that one dream that lives in the back of our minds.  A dream we hope will one day come true.

Perhaps we've written it down on a bucket list or a cocktail napkin.  We might revisit it on occasion and then slide it to the back burner.  

Some of us may have hopes to get to it one day, others are pipe dreams never to be fulfilled.  

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Plaque dedicated to Larry K. Forrest
AAS, family, friends, investors partake in dedication ceremony.
Brian, Dawn, and Michele while at the event

Moon 2015-07-30 04:08 UT Questar 3.5” with Sony NEX-5N at prime focus (1280mm). Exp 1/80 sec at ISO

Image of the Month - Rob Pettengill

"The Nearly Blue Moon Revisited"

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AAS visits Mars!

On Monday, several members met at Galaxy Highland Cinema for a sneak preview showing of ‘The Martian.’ 

AAS received preview tickets from the movie's and cinema’s marketing team, and our Sidereal Times editor, Joyce Lynch, graciously organized the evening. 

Once members arrived, they were given special bracelets and joined inside by members of the media, who were preparing early reviews for publication. Right before the film started, members of the public were also let in, filling the theater. 

We’ll not tell you the ending - if you haven’t read the book, you should! - but the movie was quite enjoyable; it was filled with thoughtful science and engineering questions and featured a wildly inventive solution tossed out by one of the characters, an astrodynamicist.

The movie is a solid 2.5 hours, but the story moves along at a brisk pace, with good humor, engaging problem-solving, and wonderful cinematography.

You can find out more about The Martian at (

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