Jason Campanella has been a member of WASI for close to seven years. He is also a Boy Scout in Troop 321. He is working with the Bear Branch Nature Center to install a Solar System Walk. Volunteers are needed on April 1, but if you want to volunteer please contact him first at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are still details that he will have to distribute, so it is important that he knows your intent beforehand. Jason is also looking to raise a total of $200 by way of a gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/jasons-eagle-project.
This month there is an eclipse of the moon that you might not notice without prior knowledge that it’s happening. It’s not a total lunar eclipse; it’s not even a partial eclipse. It is what astronomers call a penumbral eclipse. The eclipse occurs on the evening of February 10.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, in its orbit about the Earth passes through its shadow. Because all three bodies must be lined up with the Earth in the middle, a lunar eclipse happens at the time of full moon. Continue reading “A Most Subtle Eclipse of the Moon”
January’s cold but starry nights are upon us. Did you get a new telescope for Christmas or want to rediscover an optical telescope sitting in some corner? We’ll talk about at a few targets – mostly easy to find – up there. We’ll also look at upcoming astronomical events and programs within easy reach of Carroll County residents. Continue reading “Start Winter Observing”