Upcoming AAS Events

26 Jul 2014 6:00 PM • Canyon of the Eagles, Eagle Eye Observatory
01 Aug 2014 6:00 PM • Mansfield Park Drive, Austin, TX near RR 620 and the dam
02 Aug 2014 7:00 PM • St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 6500 St. Stephen's Drive, 78746
08 Aug 2014 7:30 PM • UT Austin Campus ETC Building Rm 2.136
23 Aug 2014 6:00 PM • Canyon of the Eagles, Eagle Eye Observatory

Taken at Prude Ranch, Texas Star Party, with a Celestron Celestron CGEM DX 1100 HD, Hyperstar and AT
Image of the Month - David Clune
M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

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New 2014 AAS Executive Committee

Congratulations to our new officers elected for the 2014-2015 year. Welcome to Terry Phillips - Vice President, Larry Martin - Outreach Chair, Tim Brown - Member Services Chair, James Hall - Equipment Chair, Darron Spohn (Best wishes to Darron with his move, Rob Pettengill will be filling in for him.) - Communications Chair and Alan Carruth, David Mathias and Jim Spigelmire our new Members at Large.

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The Sky This Month
by Rob Pettengill

It's almost August! Are you tired of seeing month's old content in this spot?  If you keep up with what's going on in our skies and would like to share your expertise with your fellow members contact me.

In the meantime these are the sights that I'm looking forward to in August:

August is a great month for DSOs if you head out of town at a site like Eagle Eye Observatory.  In town observers should be able to catch M31 Andromeda, the Hercules Cluster M13, and on a dark night M57 the Ring Nebula in Lyra.

Solar System events worth noting are shown at the right.

Event  July
New Moon 26
    August
First quarter Moon  3
Full Moon  10
Perseid Meteor Shower - a gibbous moon will be at your back, but the Perseid should put on it's usual spectacular show in the pre-dawn hours.  11-13
Last quarter Moon  17
Jupiter reappears in our early morning skies in spectacular fashion passing within 0.2 degrees of Venus both immediately to the left of the Beehive cluster. Best view should be around 6:20 AM CDT about 9 degrees above the horizon at 73 degrees bearing in the east.  18
Saturn will overtake Mars low in the southwest just after Sunset. This will be a great opportunity to say goodbye to both planets for 2014.  26

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