Tag: December 2018

AAA President Message – December

Dear AAA’ers, We find ourselves in December with the Sun in Ophiuchus—a very large, unfamiliar constellation on the ecliptic. It was there last December, twelve

Events on the Horizon – December

December dates of upcoming AAA events 04/Tuesday AAA Class, Intro to Night Sky Photography Manhattan; 6:30 – 8:30PM 05/Wednesday AAA Class, Measuring Distances in Space Manhattan; 6:30

First AAA Diwali: Festival of Lights

A chilly but enthusiastic group of AAA members setup and attended the very first AAA Diwali Festival Star gazing event on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Riverside Park South. Read more and see photos of the occasion!

What’s Up in the December Sky

December’s Evening Planets Mars will be up until around 11 PM, moving between Aquarius the Water Bearer and Pisces the Fish. Saturn and will be

International Dark-Sky Association Annual General Meeting

For an amateur astronomer and seeker of dark skies, the International Dark-Sky Association Annual General Meeting was an exercise in contrasts. On one hand light pollution is increasing rapidly and humanity is not too slowly loosing our view of the stars. On the other hand, legions of scientists, professional and amateur astronomers, community activists, park rangers, artists and others are working feverishly, with many success stories, to mitigate artificial lighting.

Earthrise by NASA/Bill Anders

Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon

As the cold winds of December gently blow, and the holiday season impinges upon us, we are reminded of one of the greatest adventures ever taken by the human race- Apollo 8 and Christmas at the Moon.

Contribution of Women to the field of Astrophysics and Astronomy

For most of its 25 years in space, the Hubble Space Telescope has been astounding people all around the world with its beautiful images. Its scientific instruments have revolutionized our understanding of the universe and its history. But this is not an article about the Hubble Space Telescope; rather someone we have to thank for clearing the pathway for its success, and many other contributions she has made to NASA and understanding of astronomy.

Diwali Connection with Astronomy

Truth be told, it is human to look up at the night skies and wonder if the movement, presence or absence of certain objects mean something to the terrestrials looking at them. Though the Indian civilization happens to be one of the earliest and oldest, it is interesting to see how the math and knowledge that was passed down orally had only very small errors considering the precision we have today.