Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 3111 NW 18th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605
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    Holiday Party

    Location: Barnett Residence 

    Good food, presentations, auction, sci-fi space music, fun!

    Special historical video about a significant and remarkable club achievement prepared by member Howard Cohen. "The Royal Park Stadium 16 Theater Project. Don't miss seeing this important show.

    Chuck Broward's family has made available a framed and signed copy of "Venus Kisses the Moon" by John Moran.  The picture will be auctioned at the Holiday Party and proceeds will be donated to the AAC. 


    REGISTRATION REQUESTED. Please indicate what food dish you will bring, e.g.:

    Wings, cheese & crackers, finger sandwiches, dessert or other. (please designate when you register)

    Soft drinks also needed!


    FOODS PEOPLE ARE PLANNING TO BRING

    1. Lasagna

    2. Baked Beans

    3. Dessert (2)

    4. Meat & Cheese Platter

    5. Soft Drinks

    6. Deviled Eggs (2)

    7. Vegetarian Dish 

    8. Cherry Cake

    9. Rolls

    10. BBQ Meatballs

    11. Chili 


    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 9300 SE CR 234 Micanopy, FL 32667
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    AAC volunteers needed for a Stargazing Outreach @ Hickory Ranch. 

    Volunteer members with and without telescopes please register here for entry to the event and for updates. I can still put volunteers to work even if you don't have a telescope!

    A GO or NO GO will be emailed to registrants the day of the event.  You need to be registered for me to send you updates!!

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is hosting an outreach for stargazing by the Alachua Astronomy Club, weather permitting, at Hickory Ranch. 

    Visitors (not AAC volunteers) need to register with Friends of Paynes Prairie at their website www.prairiefriends.org then click events for registration.  

    Sunset is at 5:32 pm 

    Volunteers should arrive no later than 5:00 pm.  Pick out several sky objects and note a few details about them to share.  Limited ac power is available with a long extension cord if needed.  Temps fall after dark so dress warmly.

    Point of contact for Alachua Astronomy Club is Lisa Eager, Star Party Coordinator @ 352-318-4074. 



    • 10 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kika Silva Pla Planetarium & Zoom
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    Our speaker will be attending in person, please try to attend in person too!

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:15 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:15 - 7:30 Short topic presentation by a club member

    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshment break

    7:45 - Public Presentation

    Speaker: Bob O’Connell

    Title: Visual Lunar Observing

    Abstract:

    Our Moon is the most accessible and easily observed object through a telescope. Many nights each month, “The Face of the Moon” offers a bewildering array of 3-D surface features presented to our eye under continually changing solar illumination.  All of us can remember the first time we looked enthusiastically through a telescope at that beautiful sight. But today, few amateurs make routine visual lunar observations. The Astronomical League acknowledges this reality noting the Moon is “that object in the sky that most of us take for granted, and which deep sky observers have come to loathe.” 

    We will briefly look back over the 360-year historical legacy of visual lunar observing which gradually faded away post Apollo Moon landings. Today, the Moon has been relegated to a target only worthy of occasional recreational viewing. We will then consider if and how a serious interest in visual lunar observing can be developed, nurtured, and sustained by amateurs in a world dominated by deep-sky enthusiasts obsessed with astrophotography. Replacing the human eye with a camera at the telescope’s focus is not observing. Lunar observing is placing eye-to-eyepiece with an observing agenda and with the Moon center-stage.

    About the Speaker:

    Bob is a psychiatric nurse in Gainesville and a longtime member of the Alachua Astronomy Club. He earned a BA in Political Science in 1989 from the University of Colorado at Denver and an associate degree in nursing from Santa Fe College in 2005.

    Bob’s first view through a telescope was of the first quarter Moon in 1964 at the age of five with a 2.4” refractor. Since then, he has used a wide variety of telescopes to observe the Moon. From 2006 to 2013 he researched the controversial topic of Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLP) resulting in a paper published in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association co-authored by Dr. Anthony Cook from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. Paper’s website www.the1963aristarchusevents.com

    • 14 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kika Silva Pla Planetarium & Zoom
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    Our speaker will be attending in person, please try to attend in person too!

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:15 General Meeting & Announcements
    7:15 - 7:30 Short topic presentation by a club member

    7:30 - 7:45 Refreshment break

    7:45 - Public Presentation