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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:

As this issue went to press in mid-November, we were aware of two available positions in astronomy.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is looking for an Astronomy Outreach Project Coordinator. “The Astronomy Outreach Project Coordinator will work with the Sharing the Universe (STU) education team to coordinate activities associated with the development of services for amateur astronomy clubs.” For information go to:

Apparently, the current Lick Observatory Operations Director has retired and a replacement is needed. However, this position is not yet posted at but you might try again. We were unable to obtain more information before our deadline.

Q: What is the most distant object that can be seen with the naked eye?A: The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is the most distant object that can be seen with the naked eye if you have a decently dark sky. (RASC 2009 Calendar, November).

December 13, 9 p.m. Geminid meteor shower. The 2009 RASC Observer’s Handbook suggests this may surpass the Leonids.

December 19, 8 p.m. SJAA Holiday Party at Houge Park.

December 21, 2012 Really, not that much happening. As for the galactic plane passing thing, see

“I’m definitely a product of the first moon landings,...I think I told my mom I wanted to be the first female astronaut–although that tells you more about my household than it does about me.” - Dr. Andrea Ghez, UCLA


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