Winter sunset scene at HGO.  Image taken by Stuart Shultz

ASTRONOMY 101 - JUN 17TH 2016

SVAS President Walt Heiges will be June's Speaker after the General meeting at 8pm.

Want to learn about basic sky-gazing? This presentation will be perfect for everyone from 8 to 80. Easy to understand with no math to learn, you will gain a better idea of what is there when you look up. I have taken the simple approach to explain the difficult. Join SVAS at Sacramento City College in Mohr Hall.

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Lyn VanWinkle and Phil Robinson from Aeroject Rocketdyne - Apr 15th 2016 speaker

Topics will include the Basic Physics and types of Rocket Propulsion, with a focus on some of the systems used to Launch, Control, and Land several of the US Planetary Missions, such as Viking, Cassini, Curiosity, and New Horizons. Technology for future planetary assent systems will also be discussed. Be prepared to learn something new!
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blue canyon nights - auriga ic complex

While the observatory at Blue Canyon (HGO) is blocked by snow this year, members have still walked in to take advantage of the dark nights, using the C 14 in the Dome or their own equipment. One of the more interesteing constellations to observe during these winter months is Auriga, the Charioteer. Auriga has more sights that just the sixth brightest star in the Galaxy, Capella and the Messier Clusters, M36, M37 and M38. In fact, this constellation contains some outstanding nebulae, most notably IC 405, IC 410, and IC 417 read more here...


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