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Lincoln Hills Astronomy Group

Past Meetings
2014

 
2014

December 7       LHAG Holiday Party at Kilaga Springs Lodge
                         
This party was well attended by Astronomy Group members and guests who enjoyed an excellent hot buffet with
                          dessert. A challenging Astronomy Photo Contest, a display of telescopes, binoculars and astronomy magazines, a
                          solar video presentation, and a raffle provided challenging and interesting activities for the guests.

November 5      LHAG General Meeting      "Exploring the Solar System" by Anthony Oreglia

                         
These and other questions concerning currently active exploratory missions to the planets, moons, and other objects
                          in our solar system were answered in this presentation. A survey of the key characteristics of these missions and a
                          summary of the most interesting findings was discussed along with many stunning images of the objects under
                          exploration.
                          -  How many spacecraft are currently exploring our solar system?
                          -  What types of spacecraft are being used and which objects are they exploring?
                          -  Which spacecraft have arrived at their targets objects in just the past couple of months?
                          -  Which objects are receiving the most attention and which ones are not being explored?
                          -  What are the major findings of these exploratory missions?

October 21        Blue Canyon Star Party
                          Members enjoyed clear, dark skies and a great night of observing through binoculars and telescopes up at Blue
                          Canyon.



October 20        CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                          Lecture 19 - Primordial Roughness - Seeding Structure
                          Lecture 20 - The Dark Age - From Sound to the First Stars
                         
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

October 18         LH 15 Year Anniversary Parade
                         T
his event celebrated Lincoln Hills 15th anniversary started  from the Orchard Creek lodge  and proceeded to Kilaga
                         Springs Lodge.
The LHAG will had two entries in this parade plus our banner. The Lincoln Hills Astronomy Group
                         Lunar Rover was  covered with photos of planets and deep sky objects, with stars flying above. Following this was
                         our mobile telescope with an astronomer viewing these stars through a telescope.

October 1         
LHAG General Meeting      "The Search for Finding Earth-like Planets - Exoplanets Update" by Dave Wood
                          Dave's presentation reviewed the various techniques used to search for exoplanets. There have been more than 2000
                          exoplanets identified. He showed recent results, with a focus on the observations from the Kepler Mission. Dave
                          also discussed the criteria for "Earthlike" planets.

                          What's New in Astronomy - Nina Mazzo informed us about solar sail technology and its implications for interstellar
                          exploration.


September 30    Binocular Interest Group (BIG)
                                       The first observing night at Rossi Lane of the "re-incarnated" BIG was very successful, with a good turnout of
                          astronomers and excellent weather.

                                       If you are interested in joining this group,  please contact Bob Collins 253-9890 bobpcoll@community.net


September 15   CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                          Lecture 15 - Primordial Sound - Big Bang Acoustics
                          Lecture 16 - Using Sound as Cosmic Diagnostic
                         
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

September 3      LHAG General Meeting      Video: The Final Frontier
                          This BBC video described Man's journey to understand the Universe, highlighting some of the scientific milestones
                          along the way and explaining them in layman's terms. The video started with the discoveries of Newton and Einstein
                          and ends with today's search for what took place before the Big Bang.
                          
What's New in Astronomy - Ron Olson  presented a short summary of the Rosetta Mission which had just arrived at
                           the comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is the first mission to orbit a comet and land a rover on the comet.


August 20         Presentation - "Saturn's Rings" and Planetarium show at Sierra College by Prof. David Dunn


August 18         CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                          Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background
                          Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years
                         
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

July 21              CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                          Morey Lewis reviewed the lecture series "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe"

                          LHAG General Meeting
                          No general meeting was held in July.

June 16              CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                          
July 21              CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                           Morey Lewis reviewed the lecture series "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" Morey Lewis continued his review of previous lectures from the DVD series “Cosmology – The History and
                           Nature of our Universe."
He will also updated some of the data presented in the lectures with newer data discovered
                           since the lectures were made. 
          

September 15   CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                           Lecture 15 - Primordial Sound - Big Bang Acoustics                           Lecture 16 - Using Sound as Cosmic Diagnostic                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A

September 15   CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                           Lecture 15 - Primordial Sound - Big Bang Acoustics                           Lecture 16 - Using Sound as Cosmic Diagnostic                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A

June 5                 Community Star Party behind OC Lodge
                           
LHAG members welcomed a large number of observers to view the Moon, and the planets Jupiter, Mars and
                            Saturn.

June 4                  LHAG hosted the Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Forum - "Life - Here, There and Everywhere?" in the
                            Orchard Creek Lodge Ballroom.
                            Speakers were: John Neil - "Searching for Life on Mars," John Combes - "The Search for Exoplanets around Red 
                            Dwarf Stars," and Morey Lewis - "The Multiverse." A large crowd enjoyed these excellent presentations.

May 22                Blue Canyon Star Party
                           
Many LHAG members enjoyed the dark skies of Blue Canyon to view planets, stars, and deep sky objects. 

May 19              
CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                           
Morey Lewis presented a review of previous lectures from the DVD series "Cosmology – The History and Nature
                            of our Universe."
He also updated some of the data presented in the lectures with newer data discovered since the
                            lectures were made. He also plans to present some topics not contained in the lecture series which should stimulate
                            discussion.


May 7                  LHAG Election and 10 Year Anniversary
                           
The Astronomy group held the election of new Steering Committee members. New Members are Cindy Van 
                            Buren, Bob Collins, and Ed Miller. John Neil was reelected for a second term. This was followed by a LHAG 10
                            Year Highlights presentation by Ron Olson, and a Dessert Social in the KS Kitchen.
 

April 21               CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                           
Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A Lecture 09 - Dark Matter and Energy -96%
                             Lecture 10 - Cosmic Geometry - Triangles in the Sky
                            
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

March 17            
CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle         CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark WhittleCIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                           Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A
March 5                LHAG General Meeting    "Looking for Galaxies, Nebulae and Star Clusters" by Ron Olson
                              Ron Olson explained telescopes, deep sky objects including galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and how to locate and
                              view them.

March 5                 "Observing the Sky from Lincoln Hills" by Ron Olson
                             
What stars and constellations can you see in the night sky from Lincoln Hills using your naked eyes, binoculars
                              and small telescopes? What planets are visible tonight? What can you see on the Moon? This presentation
                              explained how the stars move, what objects you can see, and how to locate/identify these objects using free star
                              charts and astronomy apps. Attendees took home a star chart to use to locate and identify objects on their own
                              observing evenings.
  


February 17         CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                           
Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A Lecture 7 - Expansion and Age
                             Lecture 8 - Distances, Appearances and Horizons
                            
Lecture Discussion and Q & A



February 5            LHAG General Meeting     "Discovering Deep Space" - BBC video and presentation by Morey Lewis. 
                             Around the world, a new generation of astronomers are hunting for the most mysterious objects in the universe.
                             Young stars, black holes, even other forms of life. They have created a dazzling new set of super-telescopes that
                             push  the limits of science and engineering in some of the most extreme environments on earth.
These include the
                             Very Large Telescope (VLT) looking in infrared targeting Black Holes from the Atacama desert in Chile; SOFIA -
                             Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - Jumbo Jet based looking in infrared for distant nebulae; and
                             Antares  - a "telescope" located 2.5 km below the ocean surface to detect a flash of light from  neutrinos that have
                             passed through earth and collided with an atom in seawater.
Morey Lewis reviewed the electromagnetic spectrum
                             targeted by these telescopes, and update their current status
.

January 20            CIG
                              Don Wilson discussed if the Universe can be made from nothing; a net-zero energy change.


February 17         CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                             Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & ACIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark WhittleJanuary 13CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle            CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                           
Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A Lecture 7 - Measuring Distances                     
                            
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

  

January                 LHAG General Meeting
                              There was no general meeting this month.
                        
Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A
CIG      DVD Lecture Series    "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                             Lecture 13 - The Cosmic Microwave Background                           Lecture 14 - Conditions During the First Million Years                           Lecture Discussion and Q & A Lecture 11 - Cosmic Expansion - Keeping Track of Energy                              Lecture 12 - Cosmic Acceleration - Falling Outward                              Lecture Discussion and Q & ALecture 11 - Cosmic Expansion - Keeping Track of Energy                              Lecture 12 - Cosmic Acceleration - Falling Outward                              Lecture Discussion and Q & ASeptember 15   CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                           Lecture 15 - Primordial Sound - Big Bang Acoustics                           Lecture 16 - Using Sound as Cosmic Diagnostic                           Lecture Discussion and Q & ACIG
                                  
k Whittle                        Lecture 33 - Inflation's Stunning Creativity                        Lecture 34 - Fine tuning and Anthropiic Arguements                        Lecture Discussion and Q & A