The Sky This Month

Deep sky observers should check out Brian Cuthbertson’s Observing Targets for October.

October treats us to a close conjunction between Jupiter and Mars on October 17th and the Orionid Meteors on October 28th.  With the cooler temperatures it is a perfect time to spend a few additional hours outdoors each evening.

Solar System Events

Uranus at Opposition
October 11th
New Moon
October 13th
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
October 16th
Orionids Meteor ShowerOctober 21,22nd
Venus at Greatest Western Elongation
October 26th
Conjunction of Venus and JupiterOctober 26th
Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and JupiterOctober 28th
Austin Clear Sky Chart

Eagle Eye Observatory
Clear Sky Chart

Upcoming events

09 Oct 2015 6:30 PM • UT Austin Campus ETC Building Rm 2.136
09 Oct 2015 7:30 PM • UT Austin Campus ETC Building Rm 2.136
10 Oct 2015 6:00 PM • Canyon of the Eagles, Eagle Eye Observatory
16 Oct 2015 7:00 PM • Belterra Community Recreation Center
17 Oct 2015 6:00 PM • Canyon of the Eagles, Eagle Eye Observatory
30 Oct 2015 7:00 PM • 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703
05 Nov 2015 5:30 PM • 1400 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757

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 (

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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