• Planetary Archaeology: Exploring the Final Stages of Planetary Life Cycles

    Sam Grunblatt will investigate some of the shortest planetary systems found around red giant stars. Then he will compare these systems to similar extreme systems found around main sequence stars and discuss how these extremely inhospitable worlds can teach us about the fate of our own solar system. Then he will talk about what we can learn from studying red giant star some selves, and how they could be the key to finding the first planet from another galaxy in the near future. For questions call Alex[masked] or Tim[masked]

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  • October 2021 Star Party - POSTPONED

    Lake Taghkanic State Park

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  • The Role of Magnetic Fields in Star Formation

    Online event

    Pierre Marchand’s research focusses on the early stages of star formation, when the gas of the interstellar medium collapses onto itself to form a protostar and protoplanetary disk, future cradle of planet formation. He will explain how the magnetic field regulates the gas dynamics during this phase through the interaction of a wide range of physical processes: chemistry, gas dynamics, magnetic fields, thermodynamics..all of them important. Questions call Alex at[masked] or Tim at[masked]

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  • September 2021 Star Party

    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required.

    Telescope operators arrive about 30 minutes early to set up. Observing begins about an hour after sunset and will probably end around 11, or whenever club members decide. All will take place at the park's West Beach parking lot.

    Participants to are expected to be vaccinated if eligible and to wear a mask if requested by others wearing masks.

    You must RSVP with your car's make, model, and license plate number at least one day beforehand. This info is required by and sent to Park management, the State Police, and the State Park Police because we are there after park hours. If you attend without being on the list and the police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.

    Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf

    You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.
    http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html

    Note: Winter and late Fall viewing conditions can be very clear - but also very cold. As you'll be standing around looking at the stars for a while you may feel even colder than otherwise when outdoors. Dress warmly and consider bringing extra layers in case you get colder as the night goes on.

    For further information text/call Jack Chastain at[masked]

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  • Moons of the Solar System

    Online event

    Willie Yee will present on this topic. All the major planets except Mercury and Venus have moons. NASA and other countries have explored these moons, usually in the course of exploring other solar system bodies. This talk will explore the variety of moons encountered, their history, structures, and possible missions for the futures. Questions call Alex at[masked] or Tim at[masked]

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  • August 2021 Star Party

    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes or binoculars, or make use those provided by our members. Having your own telescope is not required.

    Telescope operators should arrive about 30 minutes early to set up. Observing begins about an hour after sunset and will probably end around 11, or whenever club members decide. All this will take place at the park's West Beach parking lot.

    You must RSVP on Meetup with your car's make, model, and license plate number at least one day beforehand. This info is required by and sent to Park management, the State Police, and the State Park Police, because we are there after park hours. If you attend without being on the list and the police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.

    Masks are not required, as this event is completely outside, but please wear one if asked by a person nearby.

    Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf

    You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.

    Note: Even though it is summer, you may feel colder than you might expect when outdoors, because you are just standing around looking at the sky. It's a good idea to bringing extra layers in case you get cold as the night goes on.

    For further information text/call Tim Denman at[masked]

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  • Super-Earths to Super-Jupiters: Understanding the Atmospheres of Exoplanets

    Alex R. Howe, post doctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Spacefight Center, will be talking about his research focusing on his two main projects studying the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system and the techniques we use to study them. These include theoretical modeling of the evaporation of atmospheres from planets of Earth to Neptune-size, and spectroscopic analysis of the chemistry of the largest planets.

    The talk will occur at 8 PM, directly after the regular monthly meeting of the MHAA at 7:30.

    For further info text/call Alexandra Passas at[masked] or Tim Denman at[masked]

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  • July 2021 Star Party

    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required.

    Telescope operators arrive about 30 minutes early to set up. Observing begins about an hour after sunset and will probably end around 11, or whenever club members decide. All will take place at the park's West Beach parking lot.

    Participants should bring a mask in case others nearby ask them to be worn.

    You must RSVP with your car's make, model, and license plate number at least one day beforehand. This info is required by and sent to Park management, the State Police, and the State Park Police because we are there after park hours. If you attend without being on the list and the police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.

    Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf

    You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.
    http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html

    Note: Even though it is summer, you may feel colder than you would expect when outdoors, because you are just standing around looking at the sky. It's a good idea to bringing extra layers in case you get cold as the night goes on.

    For further information text/call Tim Denman at[masked]

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  • Radio Telescopes 101

    Online event

    This presentation by Kevin Lloyd is about building an inexpensive working radio telescope – no degree in engineering required. Questions call Alex at[masked] or Tim at[masked]

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  • June 2021 Star Party -POSTPONED TO SATURDAY NIGHT

    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required.

    Telescope operators arrive about 30 minutes early to set up. Observing begins about an hour after sunset and will probably end around 11, or whenever club members decide. All will take place at the park's West Beach parking lot.

    All participants must comply with New York State rules on masks and distancing for public events: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/large-gatherings-and-quarantines

    You must RSVP with your car's make, model, and license plate number at least one day beforehand. This info is required by and sent to Park management, the State Police, and the State Park Police because we are there after park hours. If you attend without being on the list and the police show up, the consequences can include revocation of our permit for after hours use.

    Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf

    You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html . This shows various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc.

    Note: Spring viewing conditions can be very clear - but also colder than you might expect. As you'll be standing around looking at the stars for a while you may feel even colder than otherwise when outdoors. Dress warmer than you'd expect, and consider bringing extra layers in case you get colder as the night goes on.

    For further information text/call Tim Denman at[masked]

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