Location: Chemistry/Physics Building, MUN
Time: 8:00 pm
There were several new people, so Randy gave an introduction to the RASC and the benefits of membership. He also noted the GA will be held here this year, Fred has his smiling face in the Journal, and if you are interested in observing, Gary Case is the Observing Chair.
Garry Dymond noted there will be a Planetarium show on January 28 at 8:30, using the new "Stargazer" show. Non-members can attend for a $2 fee.
Ben: Venus and Neptune (cool!). Fred: sun pillars. Garry has some pictures of Mars and the moon taken over the last 6 months. There were few clear nights this month.
We will again be holding our Telescope Basics course this year, on February 8th. Cost for attendance is $39.
Our meeting will be EARLY next month, on February 5th at 7:30. This is to accommodate our speaker, John Percy, from the University of Toronto.
Garry displayed pictures of Mars (various areas), including one storm. He also had several pictures of the moon, particularly Mare Humboldtianum and Mare Orientale, when libration brought them best into view.
Garry asked people to think about volunteering for the 2004 GA. He also showed us a preliminary logo.
Bill McCallum showed us a striking example of a home observatory, located in someone's property in New York. It was made of wood, but had an unusual structure and style.
One Costco telescope was brought by a newcomer. It was agreed they got an excellent value.
The GeoCentre will be working with NASA to bring live pictures from Mars, some in 3D. This event will start this Saturday, and continue for a month. Our members get a free pass, $6 for family, friends, and non-members.
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