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It Must Be Astronomical


The loaner program offers members a means to try scopes of various sizes and technologies before you buy. For more information please see the loaner program web page:

Elections 2010

The elections for the SJAA board are held at the general meeting in February. The following members are up for election: Robert Armstrong, Greg Claytor, Kevin Roberts, Rob Jaworski. The SJAA Nominating Committee has renominated these directors. After the board members are elected in February, offices are elected at the March board meeting.

Q: Of the known supernova progenitor candidates, which star is the closest to us?

A: That would be Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. It is 260 light years away. Betelgeuse is 425 light years distant making it the fifth closest and Eta Carinae, possibly the next supernova in our part of the galaxy, is 7000 light years from us. (“Death From the Skies”, Phil Plait, pg. 311)


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