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Lincoln Hills Astronomy Group

Past Meetings


December 3     Annual Christmas Luncheon
                         1-4 PM at the Kilaga Springs Kitchen. Check out our Home Page for details.
                          Contact Elsa Paszek for reservations or to volunteer to help out

November 20   CIG
                                     Don Wilson continues his lecture series "Demarcation Wars: Draining the Big Bang 'Swamp' and the 2nd
                         Copernicus Revolution."  Lecture #3    "Rotten to the Core"

November  9    TIG  Star Party at the Sports Pavilion    Cancelled due to rain.
                         Sunset is at 4:00 PM  We're holding this event early in the month to avoid a conflict with Thanksgiving.

November 1     General Meeting  Video Lecture on "The Antikythera Mechanism" by Prof. Bradley Schaefer
                         The first mechanical computer that could predict various astronomical events based on star positions.

October  19      TIG
                         Observing the night sky. Short follow-up lecture from the General Meeting and then observing with telescopes 
                         behind the OC Lodge.

October 16       CIG
Don Wilson continues his lecture series "Demarcation Wars: Draining the Big Bang 'Swamp' and the 2nd
                         Copernicus Revolution." 
Lecture #2  "Revelation: BIG BANG'S Century Old Critical Flaw"

October 4         General Meeting  Ron Olson presents "Exploring the Night Sky"

September 28    Richard Sandler has graciously invited the LHAG to join him at Blue Canyon. Sunset will be at 6:52 PM with Civil
                          Twilight ending at 7:18 PM. Sign up with Bob Collins at bobpcoll@comminty.net  or 253-9890. Bob can help if
                          you'd like to car-pool up there.
Due to too few sign-ups, the Blue Canyon trip has been cancelled.

September 18    CIG
Don Wilson continues his lecture series "Demarcation Wars: Draining the Big Bang 'Swamp' and the 2nd
                          Copernicus Revolution."
Revised program - Don cannot attend so we will have some video lectures about what we 
                          have learned from Hubble images.
September 6     At 7:00 PM in the OC Ballroom Dr. Seth Shostak will lecture on the Science of Star Wars: The lowdown between
                         Space Travel, aliens and The Force. This presentation will be held in lieu of our regular General Meeting

August 24         TIG
                          Field Trip to Cameron Park Observatory. Sunset at 7:47 PM
                          This field trip was cancelled due to too few sign-ups. We'll try again later in the Fall when it is bit cooler and it gets  
                          dark earlier - letting us get back home a little earlier, too.

August 21         CIG
                          Don Wilson begins his lecture series
"Demarcation Wars: Draining the Big Bang 'Swamp' and the 2nd
                          Copernicus Revolution."

August 21        
                                      Solar Eclipse on the patio behind the Orchard Creek Lodge. The eclipse begins a 9:00 AM, our maximum begins at 
                         10:17 AM (80%)
and the eclipse winds down and ends at 11:40 AM. This is on Monday August 21st.
                          The eclipse event was a huge success. We had probably close to 500 people attend with long lines of people waiting
                          at each telescope to see the eclipse. Click on this link to see a short video of all the folks at the OC patio.
                          2017 Partial Eclipse

August 9           Professor David Dunn will present a planetarium show at the Sierra College Planetarium.
                          The Show will begin at 7:00 PM. Here is a link to the parking map at Sierra College.  Parking
                          Contact Ron Olson for more information.
rolson@starstream.net  408-1435   

July                   No Meeting

June 22             TIG    Star Party on the terrace behind the Orchard Creek Lodge
                          The Star Party had to be canceled because of the unusually high temperatures. It was just plain too hot.

June 19            
CIG   Wrapping up the Black Hole lecture series by Alex Filippenko.
                          Instead of showing a DVD lecture, this CIG meeting will be bringing Black hole Theory up to date since
                          Filippenko made the DVD. Internet videos will be shown to explain Quantum Entanglement and the problems  
                          created in explaining the Black hole Information Paradox and the controversial Firewall Effect.
                          Q&A and Discussion

June 10              TIG
                          The Telescope Interest Group provided telescopes and their expertise at the Airfest and Youth Expo held at the 
                          Lincoln Airport. There was a fantastic turnout which kept all of us busy most of the day. The volunteers got free 
                          admission and a free lunch.  The weather was perfect. We got to see military jump teams as well as fly-bys of T-38s,
                          a French Alpha Jet, and a number of vintage WW I and WW II planes (five P-51s). The telescopes had solar filters 
                          so we could watch the Sun safely - there just weren't ant sunspots to see that day.

June 7               General Meeting   "Tour of the Universe: My Favorite Images"  by Jim Wronkiewicz

                                  In orbit since 1990, and having taken over one million images, Jim will talk about and display his favorite 30-40 
                         Hubble Images. This should be a great presentation!

May 27             TIG
                         This month we will have a second Star Party at Blue Canyon, for all LHAG members, and guests who sign up.
                         Contact Bob Collins at bobpcoll@community.net (253-9890) for more information.

May 18            TIG
                         We are planning on having a star party just west of Thunder Valley Casino. Richard Sandler will be hosting us at the
                         model airplane field. See the TIG page for details or contact
Bob Collins at bobpcoll@community.net (253-9890)
                         for more information.

May 15            
CIG    "Black Holes Explained"   DVD Lecture Series by Alex Filippenko
- Lecture 11   "Black Holes and the Holographic Universe"                        
   Q&A and Discussion

May 3              
General Meeting    "In Search of Dark Matter" by Aaron Manalaysay
                         Aaron will describe the Large Underground Xenon Experiment. Cosmology's Big Bang Theory requires that 80% of
                         the matter in the universe must be Dark Matter. Aaron will describe the results of the of this search for Dark Matter.
                         This experiment takes place one mile underground.
April 27           TIG
This month we will have a Star Party in Lincoln, located at a site west of Thunder Valley Casino. The Associated
                        Modelers of Sacramento (AMOS) have invited us to use their facilities for nighttime observing. The site is close by,
                        easily accessible and should offer us a great night for observing. Contact Bob Collins at bobpcoll@community.net
                        (253-9890) for more information. Click here for a map to the observing site.

April 17           CIG   
  "Black Holes Explained"   DVD Lecture Series by Alex Filippenko
- Lecture 10   "Stephen Hawking and Black Hole Evaporation"
Q&A and Discussion

April 5             General Meeting  A video by Alex Filippenko
                                     Prof. Filippenko will describe the colors of the sky, sun, moon and stars at sunrise and sunset and what causes them. 
                         Learn about surprising things you can see with your naked eye during sunrise and sunset as well as other interesting
                         atmospheric phenomena. Why the length of day and night is different in summer vs winter. Vernal (Spring) and 
                         Autumnal Equinox, Solstice and the  midnight sun.
                         Dave Wood updated us on what's new in the search for exoplanets.

March 23         TIG
                         This month's meeting will be devoted to planning our activities for the rest of the year - classroom subjects,  
                         observing activities and outreach.

March 20         CIG    
"Black Holes Explained"    DVD Lecture Series by Alex Filippenko
- Lecture 09  "Shortcuts Through the Universe and Beyond"                        
                        We again had technical difficulties with the projector and computer so only lecture #9 was covered.
                     Q&A and Discussion

March 1           General Meeting  
"Dark Skies - Why Light Pollution Affects You"  by Jack Sales of the International Dark-Sky        
                         Jack will talk about preserving our dark skies as well as how light pollution affects out circadian rhythms and the
                         hormonal cycles of all living things.

February 28     Lifestyle Expo     Orchard Creek Ballroom    Lifestyle Expo Pictures

                         LHAG had a two-table booth set up at the Lifestyle Expo this year. There was a fantastic turnout and we actually
                         had to get more fliers copied as we handed out so many. John Combes had his pictures of Pluto on display. Ron
                         Yelton brought his imaging telescope and had a picture slide show on a television featuring members of the club and
                         some astro images. Barbara Swerdlow set up the tables. Mike Mathes, Ron Olson and Bob Collins got the club
                         banner displayed up on the stage and Don Wilson was out in front of the tables and did a wonderful job of getting  
                         folks to stop by out booth and chat. Cindy Van Buren, Morey Lewis also stopped by. Bill Weaver was on hand to take
                         lots of pictures for us
. Everyone had a great time!

February 23     TIG   "Preparing to Enjoy the Telescope Viewing Experience Through the Use of Mobile Apps and Websites" 
                         This month we will demonstrate how to use some of the mobile and desktop apps that we discussed at the January 
                         meeting. Bill Weaver and Ron Yelton discussed various applications that are helpful in planning an observing 
                         session. Ron also had a short presentation on the Golden State Star Party (GSSP) held annually near Adin, CA.

February 20     CIG    
"Black Holes Explained"     DVD Lecture Series by Alex Filippenko
                         This month, we again had difficulties with the A/V equipment and were only able to review one of the planned                          lectures. The schedule for the rest of the lectures has been revised.
- Lecture 08  "The Wildest Ride in the Universe"
Q&A and Discussion  

February 1       General Meeting   "Variable Stars" by Bill Goff from the American Association of Variable Star Observers 
                        Morey started us off by presenting Nina Mazzo with a Certificate of Appreciation for her wonderful talk on the
                        unusual moons in our solar system. Right after that Morey was our speaker for "What's New in Astronomy." He
                        talked about Red Novae.

                        Bill Goff then went on to describe the types of variable stars, what science we have learned from observing variable
                        stars, including some recent contributions to astronomy, as well as describing projects where professional and
                        amateur astronomers
have collaborated.

January 26      TIG   Astronomy Apps
This month TIG members will demonstrate Astronomy Apps used for planning observing nights and viewing
                       sky maps of stars, Messier objects, planets and their moons, and our Moon. The presentations were:

Bob Collins:
                           1.  Weather Underground - cloud/rain prediction
                           2.  Clear Sky- weather details for the area
                           3.  Tonight's Sky - specific viewing options for "What's in the Sky Tonight?"
                           4.  Stellarium - free, open source planetarium program
                       Bill Weaver:
                           1.  Starry Night
                           2.  Sky Safari
                       Ron Olson:
                           1.  The Moon app
                       Ron Yelton:
                           1.  A GPS app used to assist in mount alignment
                           2.  ISS Detector - When and where an ISS event will occur
                           3.  Sat Tracker - app to locate Irridium Flares and orbiting man-made objects
                           4.  Sky Time - interesting app for all astronomical times

January 16      CIG      
"Black holes Explained"  DVD Lecture Series by Alex Filippenko
                       - Lecture 06 "Quasars - Feasting Supermassive Black Holes"
- Lecture 07 "Gravitational Waves - Ripples in Space-Time"
                       Q&A and Discussion

January 4        General Meeting      "Mysterious Moons in our Solar System"  by Nina Mazzo
                        This month our very own "Moon Goddess," Nina Mazzo, moves out from Earths' Moon to explore 10 strange moons  
                        in our Solar System. Nina gave a very informative and entertaining talk while we all ate the Moon-Pies Nina 
                        Ron Olson walked us through "What's New in Astronomy."

DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                        Lecture 33 - Inflation's Stunning Creativity                        Lecture 34 - Fine tuning and Anthropiic Arguements                        Lecture Discussion and Q & A