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Open House / All Welcome
This  PAST  JUNE 8, 2016

This meeting is free and open to all, students encouraged to attend.   Members will be the presenters tonight sharing their astronomical interests.  It is a great way to meet our active members and get an idea of what our o society is all about.

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Member Participants:

Asterisms

  Lynn King

Southern Skies

Renee Stein

 Eclipse, Transit, Occultation

Adam Chantry

Celestial Soudscapes

Dan McCormick

Mars

Dave Walker

Hercules- The Strongman

Denise Vacca

Families of Planets

Cameron Planchard
 
 
 
 

Our Past May 11th Meeting:
 
The Franklin Institute @ 7:15 PM
Meetings are free and open to the public.  No membership necessary, students encouraged to attend.

[ Meeting Notice ]

Solar Observer Rodger Kennedy from the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project (New Mexico Chapter) will meet with us to better understand solar observation for the upcoming year of the eclipse. www.timmytelescope.com


 
 
 
     

 

     
Philadelphia Science Carnival
Saturday April 30th
 at Penn's Landing:
GREAT PLAZA

 

 
 
 

Active Link for tickets @ www.centennialsd.org/Page/8554

Sorry, This event is SOLD OUT, thanks for so much community interest!
 

 

Our Past April 13 Meeting

Chief Astronomer Dr. Derrick Pitts  of the Franklin Institute will assist as we prepare to participate in the Philadelphia City Wide Telescope night along with the Science Carnival
   
 

Our Past March 9 Meeting:
 
The Franklin Institute @ 7:15 PM
Meetings are free and open to the public.  No membership necessary, students encouraged to attend.

[ Meeting Notice ]

 

Greg Kennedy of NASTAR will be our guest presenter.  Mr. Kennedy will share some achievements and accomplishments made in the private space exploration.  NASTAR is local just outside Philadelphia in Southampton PA.  Their summer program is open for student enrollment!

 

 

 
 
 

 

Our past February 10th 2016  Meeting:

Dr. David Bradstreet

[ Meeting Notice ]

@ The Franklin Institute, 7:15 PM
20th and the Parkway, At Logan Circle
Open to the public, no fee or membership required,
students encouraged to attend.

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities. - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf
Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities. - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf

Since Eastern University purchased and subsequently recently upgraded the Spitz SciDome for it's Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities.  "Astronomy education remains an exciting and sorely neglected discipline in our schools.  I envision that digital planetariums, when used creatively and effectively, can revolutionize and revitalize the astronomy education community and stimulate people to look at planetariums in an entirely new way."

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf

Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities. - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf
Since Eastern University purchased the Spitz SciDome for its Julia Fowler Planetarium, Dr. Bradstreet has been developing new lessons and programs to take full advantage of the SciDome features and capabilities. - See more at: http://www.eastern.edu/node/3601#sthash.PdKHAl9U.dpuf
 
 

January 9, 2016
SPECIAL EVENT
Dr. Robert Nemiroff

Michigan Technical University

[ Meeting Notice ]

Creator & editor of one of the internet's earliest hyperlinked educational tools relative to all levels of learning will join us for a special Saturday night meeting. 

 

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

Credit & Copyright: Elana Kestrel (Dreamcircle)

In 1995 one could only imagine a web-site where visitors learn what they need by hyperlinked information allowing a totally independent, individualized course of study!  Students in Philadelphia science classrooms discovered truly individualized education as Dr. Nemiroff sparked our interest with pictures of the cosmos!

Dr. Robert Nemiroff will join us for a return engagement to address members, guests and the general public. This special event is open to all who are interested, students are encouraged to attend.  Dr. Nemiroff will review the past year of astronomical highlights.

A service of:
NASA Astro-Science Division
Goddard Space Flight Center


To prepare you may want to take an on line course by Dr. Nemiroff on You-Tube
Beginners - Introductory Astronomy
Advanced-
The PhysicsX's Channel

 
 
   

Our Past
December 9, 2015 Meeting
The Franklin Institute

Our meetings are free and open to the public, students are encouraged to attend.
[ Meeting Notice ]
Guest Presenter:
Keith Johnson
Director of the Edelman Planetarium
Rowan University

   

 

 
 

Our Past Meeting
November 11, 2015:  7:15 PM

The Franklin Institute
20th and the Parkway

[ Meeting Notice ]
"SuperNova"  & "Visualizing the X-Ray Universe"
Meeting free and open to the public, students encouraged to attend. No membership required to attend. Memberships still available for the 2015-16 academic year.

This meeting featured Eric Briggs from Spitz Incorporated.   Eric has recently discovered another (yes another) super nova!  How he does it, and what is happening to these important discoveries.

Joe DePasquale (Chandra Observatory) will also present "Visualizing the X-ray Universe"  Currently in it's 16th year of operations, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, one of NASA's greatest, has transformed our understanding of the cosmos from imagining the hot gas around black holes to providing direct evidence for the existence of dark matter.

 
 
October 17~ You missed Riverbend's 8th annual slightly spooky, but always friendly fall festival! Shiverfest is Riverbend's most entertaining night of the year, with visitors enjoying a fun, family-friendly event. Halloween is the prevailing theme with pumpkin decorating, a trick or treat trail, and songs around the campfire after our costumed visitors have trekked the infamous Haunted Trail. Back by popular demand will be our Forgotten Friends reptile show, moon bounce, pony rides, ghostly stargazing and more.

Join Rittenhouse Members at the end of the Haunted Trail for some Ghostly Sights!
 

 
 

Our Past meeting on
October 14, 2015
At the Franklin Institute
20th and the Parkway

[ Meeting Notice ]
Meetings are free an open to the public, no fee, no membership required, just an interest in Astronomy.
 

 

Too Large to be Called Planets,
Too Small to be called Stars!
Brown Dwarfs

Dr. Emily L. Rice
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Assistant Professor at C.U.N.Y. College of Staten Island and Research Associate at American History of Natural History will be sharing her expertise on Brown Dwarfs.  You can check out her You Tube video talking about Women in Astronomy.

 
 


Join Support Conowingo Dam and Rittenhouse Astronomical
Society

Join Support Conowingo Dam and Rittenhouse Astronomical Society for an unforgettable and educational event! This family-friendly event will feature an astronomy program followed by an opportunity to look through a telescope at objects in the night sky. The program will begin nat 6:30 in the Muddy Run Recreational Center on Friday October 9. The event is rain or shine and we ask that you RSVP in advance.

 

 

Friday October 9 from 6:30-9:00 PM.
Muddy Run Recreation Center: 172 Bethesda Church Road West, Holtwood PA 17532
Please RSVP to 410-457-5011 or
RSVP@supportconowingodam.com

 
 

Our Past Meeting on
September 9, 2015   7:15 PM.
The Franklin Institute
Guest Presenter:
 John Ashley 
Meeting Notice

 

Join us as we start our 2015-16 academic year. 
Meeting is free and open to the public, memberships available, students encouraged to attend.

www.JohnAshleyFineArt.com

Ever in search of dark skies we have found a photographer / author that celebrates the beauty of the darkest of skies.  John Ashley is widely known across the North West and has artwork available in may fine art shops. 

John has a biology degree from University of Montana and became an award winning photo-journalist at newspapers in Florida and Montana.  He worked for many years in the National Park Service and now combines his passion for photography and conservation in the form of Fine Art Photography.

We are fortunate to open this year with John as he shares his view under the nations darkest skies, over our nations beloved jewel: Glacier National Park.

 

 

We Escaped!  To the darkest skies in the nation...
This
PAST Labor Day Weekend (September 4,5,6)
to the top of the
Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming.
 

Vice-President Ted Williams hosted the first annual star party at the Wyoming High Country Lodge  .  Wyoming High Country Lodge is the closest you can stay to Medicine Wheel.  Details Here.  (Lodge Rooms, Cabins and Tent Sites available.)  We conducted an Astronomy themed weekend for Lodge guests.

 
 
 

 

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