Are you ready to take your astronomical interest to the next level? Welcome!
The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society is the astronomy club for everyone.
 Join us on the second Wednesday of each month September through June at the Franklin Institute.
Check out recent guest speakers.    Consider meeting with others who share an interest in astronomy!    
Wondering what is in the sky this month? Bring your questions, and your enthusiasm to learn.
  Free, informative ,enlightening and fun.  No obligation to join.

~~Rittenhouse Record 2010-2011~~

Meeting Night 6/8/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

OPEN HOUSE
MEMBER PRESENTATION REVIEW

Our last meeting of the 2010-2011 academic year was a great line up of speakers culled from our membership. Below is a brief synopsis of each of our presentations.

Alan Daroff - Sky Report
Alan prepared us for some planet spotting for the upcoming weeks by showing some sights of the early morning sky.
Ted Williams - Secretary's Keyboard
Ted decided to give his time over to the many presenters to follow and worked in some business items during the transitions between speakers.
Dr. Milt Friedman - President's address
Dr. Friedman filled us in on past officers Charles Leander Doolittle (shown below, right) and his son Eric Doolittle. They were the only Father and Son link found in our historic blue book.
Joe Stieber - Public Star Watches
Joe showed what the Willingboro Astronomical Society Public Star watches are like at Batsto, Atsion and Franklin Parker Preserve. Pictures of the facilities, grounds and telescope set ups were included.  Rittenhouse members team up with Willingboro members for public sky watches.
Luke Brown - Right Ascension / Declination
Luke demonstrated the difference between Sidereal and Solar days proposing some amazing patterns and rotational numbers that may have surprised some, and amused others.
Mike Mountjoy - KML Google Layers / Astronomical Software Group
Mike demonstrated how to load KML layers from our Astronomical Software group which open Google and are Astronomically related.
Brian Paton - Hubble Review
Brian shared a project he has developed for the Mallon Planetarium in Eagleville PA. It was a review of the recent accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Missions to repair, restore and improve it's capabilities.
Joe Stieber - Public Star Watches
Joe showed what the Willingboro Astronomical Society Public Star watches are like at Batsto, Atsion and Franklin Parker Preserve. Pictures of the facilities, grounds and telescope set ups were included.  Rittenhouse members team up with Willingboro members for public sky watches.
Luke Brown - Right Ascension / Declination
Luke demonstrated the difference between Sidereal and Solar days proposing some amazing patterns and rotational numbers that may have surprised some, and amused others.
Mike Mountjoy - KML Google Layers / Astronomical Software Group
Mike demonstrated how to load KML layers from our Astronomical Software group which open Google and are Astronomically related.
Brian Paton - Hubble Review
Brian shared a project he has developed for the Mallon Planetarium in Eagleville PA. It was a review of the recent accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Missions to repair, restore and improve it's capabilities.
Drew Maser - Prepare for Venus Transit
Getting us prepared for the last Venus transit for quite some time to come. He showed some amazing viewing locations and a review of the previous transit.
Dr. Ken Kremer - On Site with Endeavour
Dr. Kremer brought members up to date with the current Endeavour mission that was just successfully completed. He also shared some recent mosaics from Mars, including one highlighted on APOD.
Shaun Rush - Fly me to the Moon
Well, Shaun flew us right past the moon out to some of the nearer Exo-planets. A grand view of our Milky Way, from inside and out was a treat for members that were along for the voyage!
Denise Vacca - Most Amazing Vehicle Ever Built
Denise shared a favorite video clip of the Lunar Rover that was built but may never be used. An amazing look at some amazing technology and some humor to close out the meeting.

Meeting Night 5/11/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SPACE CADETS TO SPACE STATION
Our progress in Space Travel
To be presented by David Walker, long time Rittenhouse Member-at-Large as Liaison to the Franklin Institute and Planetarium Navigator/Operator/Lecturer. 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of human space travel the audience will receive an overview of the history of space flight from the fantastic dreams of writers to the ubiquity of space in our daily lives. Included will be the historic roots, triumphs and tragedies, and some of the often overlooked challenges to making space flight real. 
 

Dave supplements his interests sharing his expertise working as technology implementer at the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.

Meeting Night 4/13/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Dr. Milton Friedman - Prescription for Space
President: Rittenhouse Astronomical Society

How will astronauts endure extended missions?  What medical implications are there for traveling to the moon, the planets, and possibly other star systems?  With Dr. Friedman's combined background as a medical doctor and the president of our society, he can give us a unique perspective of what future space travelers will have to contend with physically and medically. 

Meeting Night 3/9/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Many thanks to Dr. Bill Metz: Bill really opened our eyes to some astronomical misconceptions we carry, and some good ideas of how to go about changing those misconceptions.  Bill was able to inspire our members to take the role of teacher each time someone steps up to your telescope. 


Inquiry By Design

Meeting Night 1/5/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 100+ THANKS to the 100+ Members and Guests
that welcomed home Dr. Nemiroff to the Franklin Institute
(Dr. Nemiroff toured the Franklin and kindled some fond memories,
and he wants you to know our warm reception in the Fels planetarium topped off an excellent day!)

Doctor Robert Nemiroff :Author/ Editor
Michigan Technical Institute

Continue the experience and take a course on You Tube with Dr. Nemiroff
Beginners - Introductory Astronomy
Advanced-
The PhysicsX's Channel

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.


Credit & Copyright: Elana Kestrel (Dreamcircle)

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

   
Michigan Technical University
 

 

Meeting Night 12/8/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you Dr. Dave Goldberg for shedding some light (so to speak) on the Dark Side of the Universe. Dr. Goldberg addressed our membership for our December Meeting.

Drexel University Department of Physics
Users Guide to the Universe
io9.com - Ask a Physicist

Meeting Night 11/10/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

               Joyce Towne     
Planetarium Evolution

 
Joyce Towne represents Spitz Incorporated

 

Joyce Towne (past RAS member and educator/producer at the Fels Planetarium) will join us for a retrospective review of Armand Spitz (past RAS president and member) and his quest to bring astronomy to the masses in planetariums manufactured here in Pennsylvania.  Armand Spitz has long since passed away but his legacy lives on.   Learn how planetaria evolved as Armand attempted to make these facilities affordable to many schools and museums.  Joyce will talk about the evolution of the instrument into what is considered "state-of-the-art" today.

Joyce currently works for Spitz Incorporated, an amazing local resource for astronomy education.  The Spitz company has been installing planetariums around the world since the late 1940ís.  They entered the digital/full dome domain in the late 1990s with projection systems, real time software, and notable presentations and curriculum for those systems.
 

Meeting Night 10/13/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"The Space Shuttle, The Space Station and What's Beyond for NASA"
Focus on Orion & Falcon 9

Dr. Ken Kremer  :
NASA Ambassador  The Planetary Society

PRESS RELEASE

NASA is at the crossroads. So much is happening between our Shuttle Program winding down, completing the ISS and the ever changing future objectives of our space program. Dr Ken Kremer will present an insider's view of the thrilling final shuttle missions.......

 
Also at our October meeting we were treated to a special guest appearance by J-Walt called Spontaneous Fantasia.  You can contact and find more information about this performance artist at the Spontaneous Fantasia website.

 
 

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