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 9/2013- 6/2014~~

oNE orbit:

oUR past ACADEMIC YEAR

The Path we traveled the past
365 Days, 5 Hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds
FROM MOST RECENT, back TO THIS POINT
one year ago

 

Our Past June 11, 2014 Meeting:
OPEN HOUSE ALL WELCOME

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Thinking of joining us as a member this fall? Check us out at our June meeting.  Members will be presenting and all are welcome to attend.  It's a great way to meet those who are active in our Society.

Call for presenters.  Members are welcome to share their  astronomical interest or passion.
Alan Daroff - Sky Report
Dan McCormick
- Expectations Vs. Reality, Celestial Soundscapes
Dave Walker - This is Rocket Science
Ted Williams- Field of View / Great Globular Triangle
Denise Vacca - Report from Cherry Springs
Mike Mountjoy -The Expanding Franklin



 

Our PAST May 14. 2014 meeting
was a musical tribute dedicated to:
Dr. Milton Friedman
Honorable Past President Deceased

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  The Seasons
A special musical experience.

  Long time Member/Maestro
Martin Knoblauch
and selected fellow musicians from the
Orchestra Society
to perform
 

Special Thanks To Darling's Cafe
21st and Spring Street
For donating the delicious coffee.
 At Darling's Coffee, Each cup specially prepared for you!
 

 

         

 Science Carnival on the Parkway
   This past MAY 3, 2014  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  

OUR PAST
APRIL 9,  2014  Meeting
The Franklin Institute
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
FEATURING:

Dr. Derrick Pitts :
City Wide Telescope Night
 ALL CALL!
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Dave Walker:
This is Rocket Science!
Celestial Soundscapes (D. McCormick)
Carolyn Hershel (Lynn King)
Observing Jupiter (Ted Williams)

Meeting open to the public, area astronomy clubs and societies, students encouraged to attend, welcome Girls Incorporated!
 

Philadelphia Science Carnival 2012

 
 

Our Past March 12 meeting, we welcomed returning guest presenter
Dr. Andrew Johnston.

NAVIGATING ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
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music for our sky talk &
at our directed mixer provided by:
Celestial Soundscapes

Our PAST February 12th 2014  Meeting:

Dr. David Bradstreet
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Newsletter: See Dr. Bradstreet, February Guest Speaker

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.
"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

Denise Vacca:
Lunar Love

Live Musical Accompaniment by
Celestial Soundscapes

Our PAST
 
January 8th 2014 Meeting
@ The Franklin Institute 7:15 PM.


http://www.deepskycolors.com
 

Presenter
Ted Williams
NASA Solar System Ambassador
Methacton School District
Hayden Planetarium Presenter

"Celestial Polar Express."
 At this darkest time of year, as the Polar Vortex envelopes our city, escape with us and explore the Celestial Poles, the Ecliptic Poles and the Galactic Poles in a Polar Express!

Fels Planetarium
 

Astronomy Lesson
Dave Walker
Rittenhouse Member at Large
Fels Planetarium
"This is Rocket Science"

Celestial Soundscapes
will provide live musical accompaniment for our meeting.  Celestial Soundscapes is Member-at-Large Dan McCormick. 

 

Our  past December 11, 2013 meeting with :

Dr. Ken Kremer of Universe Today

@ The Franklin Institute

"Curiosity, MAVEN and the Search for Life on Mars"

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this self-portrait, composed of more than 50 images using its robotic arm-mounted
MAHLI camera, on Feb. 3, 2013.  The image shows Curiosity at the John Klein drill site. 
A drill hole is visible at bottom left.
Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer (kenkremer.com)

 Celestial Soundscapes will provide live musical accompaniment for our meeting.  Celestial Soundscapes is Member-at-Large Dan McCormick.  Dan is administrator of our social media  Facebook and Members Network "NING".

 

OUR PAST November 13, 2013 Meeting:
 
Professor Bill Luzader 
 Physics Instructor, Past Planetarium Director, Return Presenter 

  "Sixty Years of Watching Science on TV... 
    & Some Suggestions...?"  

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Trapped!  The Numbers Guys (Uranium), Ultra-Violet, and Gamma Ray.
Starring in a Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays

 Garco, Future Robot of Walt Disney

Early Astronomer, Disney

 

Our Past October 9, 2013 Meeting:
Franklin Institute 7:15 PM

Sky Pictures, "I'm just starting to try this!"

Wayne King and Joe Stieber
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Photo Credit: Joe Stieber

 Photo Credit: Wayne King (RAS Member)

 Joe Steiber and Wayne King, fellow RAS members have generated a lot of interest in our membership as to how they take their "sky pictures." This is not really an astrophotography night since we are sharing how to start out taking some amazing sky pictures with no previous background. Joe will introduce some basic 'tricks' that can provide one some impressive sky pictures.  Wayne wants to share a simple method to layer multiple pictures together to produce amazing deep sky pictures.  Join us as we start learning to catch pictures of nearby heavenly bodies and sky phenomena, then travel a little further out to some Messier objects of interest!

Photo Credit: Joe Stieber

 Photo Credit: Wayne King (RAS Member)

Special FEATURETTE:  Celestial Soundscapes will provide live musical accompaniment for our meeting by Dan McCormick.  Dan will be featured at this meeting with a new short segment titled "Spaced Out."  This will be a short musical interlude to accompany the view under the night sky.

 

Our PAST September 11, 2013 meeting
Franklin Institute ~ 7:15 M.

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Take it to the
Next Level

 

Join with us
 for our 2013-14
Academic Year
(Open to public, membership not required, students encouraged to attend.)  If there is a good time to begin, this would be it.

 

Many of our guests have a basic interest in astronomy or the universe around us.
 At our opening meeting we can answer a common question:
How can I take this interest further, to the next level? 

 

 

We have some
ideas for you to consider:

 

Get involved with the Science Festival Girls Incorporated ~ Princess
Take your Telescope to the Streets David Walker
Delve into Astronomical History Milt Friedman
Attend a Public Star Watch Joe Stieber
Check out the Night Skies program Dr. Carol Ludolph
Find a dark sky to observe from Michael Mountjoy
Consider an RAS membership Ted Williams
Explore the Planetary Society Phillip Rossamdondo
Participate in an RAS field trip Denise Vacca
Make an Astronomy YouTube Video Shawn Rush
Attend a Suburban Meeting Ted Williams


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