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Con Stoitsis Director ASV- Comet Section
Astronomy with an E
The speech from the October ASV monthly meeting is now available online. Presented by Assoc. Prof. Christopher Fluke, Swinburne University of Technology. Chris speaks on the topic of Astronomy with an E : the role of massive data exploration e-research in modern astronomy.
Further videos can be viewed on the ASV Youtube page http://www.youtube.com/AstroSocietyVic
Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project
A new GMT newsletter has been uploaded to the Phoenix page. You can download a copy here.
A summary presentation has been uploaded with images from the recent VASTROC 2013 event. Members can download the presentation from here.
COMET C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS OPPORTUNITY
Hi all I've attached a finder chart for Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs, which is currently located very low in the SW sky. Start your observations at around 9pm, local time. The comet is approx magnitude 2.4, and easily visible to the naked eye with a short tail.
In binoculars it's sporting a tail over a degree in length. Keep in mind the comet will disappear from our skies shortly
Finder chart below http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/comets/2011_L4.pdf
Director ASV Comet Section
Now is as good a time as any, to observe meteors. The ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate) taking into account current active meteor showers, both major and minor, and the current sporadic rate, is 18 in the evening hours, and 28 in the morning, a few hours before sunrise. Obviously the moon will affect the ZHR, as will observing from a light polluted sky.
Presented by Ross Berner, director of the ASV Cosmology and Astrophysics section.
A total Eclipse of the Sun was visible in the Cairns / Port Douglas on 14 November 2102. Many ASV members travelled north to experience this rare event.
Visit the ASV Total Eclipse page to see images taken by ASV members.
Click here to view.
New GMT Newsletter
Find out more about the Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project - the November 2012 edition of the Phoenix Newsletter is now available for download from the GMT page.
Images and videos taken by ASV members can be viewed on our dedicated page.
Click here to view.
Andrew Prentice Prediction 9 May 2012
Dr. Andrew Prentice's presentation from his speech at the ASV monthly meeting held on 9 May 2012 has been uploaded to the ASV website. You can download a copy using this link. Refer to page 94 for the details! Audio file
Dr. Prentice's final prediction relates to the Dawn Press Conference (NASA HQ, Washington DC) on Friday 11 May 2012: 4.00 am that will present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency's Dawn spacecraft.
The prediction is as follows:
Chemically-uniform model: MOI (moment-of-inertia factor) = 0.388 +/- 0.004
Differentiated model: MOI = 0.369 +/- 0.004
Good luck Dr. Prentice and thank you for a very enjoyable speech.
ASV - Meteor Section
ASV members interested in all things relating to meteors, can join the ASV Meteor Section yahoo page at here.
The section caters for all levels of experience.
Con Stoitsis Ph 0421 616 547
GMT in the News
An interesting article about the Great Melbourne Telescope appeared in The Age recently:
New ASV Observatory
Thanks to Phil for this timelaspe movie of the new ASV Observatory constuction at LMDSS.
Beavis Star Atlas Story
A must read for all ASV members, and includes a great picture of Barry at the State Library of Victoria. Fully story available online at The Age website.
ASV Comet Section
For members interested in all things comet related, please join the ASV Comet section yahoo page
The group caters for all levels of experience.
The group page has a wealth of information, including finder charts on comets visible in our skies at the moment.
Please call me if you have any questions
ASV-Comet Section 0421 616 547
ASV on Facebook
They said it would never happen - but it has. The ASV is finally on Facebook. Please click on the icon below and join in the discussion, and don't forget to 'like' us.