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January 2000 Newsletter

Astronomical Society of Greenwich
Bruce Museum of Arts & Science
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-6786, Ext. 338

Upcoming Events

Remember, there's no monthly meeting in January ? but we do have a big celestial event:

Thursday, January 20/Friday, January 21 ? Total Eclipse of the Moon
10:01 PM ? Umbral Eclipse begins
11:05 PM ? Totality begins
11:44 PM ? Mid-eclipse
12:22 AM ? Totality ends
1:25 AM ? Umbral Eclipse ends

We'll open the Observatory around 9:30 PM, and of course the public will be invited. Because this is the first total eclipse visible from our area since 1996, we may get a crowd despite the low temperature and late hour. So plan to come (dress really warmly!) to enjoy the eclipse and help explain what's going on!

Moreover, in February we have two ASG events!

Wednesday, February 9 ? Monthly Meeting at the Bruce Museum ? 7:30 PM
Rick Bria is planning a presentation based on the pictures he's been taking at the Observatory with our new computer. Don't miss it ? it's sure to be great!

Saturday, February 19 ? Astronomy Family Day at the Bruce Museum ? 1-4 PM
You have six whole weeks to prepare a display or presentation, and/or volunteer to help! Please, make the most of it!!!

Bowman Observatory Public Nights

(Weather Permitting)

January 11 & 25 ? 7-9 PM

February 8 & 22 ? 7-9 PM

March 14 & 28 ? 7-9 PM

Lunacy January

Moon Face and Stars Image

2 - Moon in conjunction with Venus

4 - Moon at apogee (252,536 miles from Earth)

6 - New Moon

8 - Moon in conjunction with Neptune and Uranus.

10 - Moon in conjunction with Mars

14 - First Quarter Moon in conjuntion with Jupiter

15 - Moon in conjunction with Saturn

19 - Moon at perigee (223,297 miles from Earth)

20 - Full Moon - "Wolf Moon" will be totally eclipsed, 10:01 PM-1:25 AM

28 - Last Quarter

31 - Moon at apogee (252,033 miles from Earth)

News of the Worlds

Earth reaches perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun, 91.4 million miles) at midnight on January 2.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower
peaks on the night of January 3-4. Look northeast near the Big Dipper's handle starting at 1 AM for 40-100 meteors per hour.

Jupiter and Saturn are still high in the sky, a very beautiful sight on these cold winter evenings. Over the next four months they will move farther and farther west; by April they'll join Mars which will still be hovering in the evening twilight (we can't seem to leave it behind, can we?). Venus and Mercury are "morning stars" this month.

News Notes

? Several members attended our Observatory Star Party on December 7, and enjoyed cookies and cider as well as great views of Saturn, Jupiter, and a number of M-objects. The night was beautifully clear (and cold!). As Rick Bria and Anne Burns were leaving after locking up, they spotted a meteor near the eastern horizon. This may have been an early Geminid ? probably the only one most of us saw, since the peak of the shower was clouded out.

? Don't miss the Bruce Museum's new Exhibition, The Art of Time, and its hands-on companion, Marking Time, which contain many things of astronomical interest. A time theme for your Astronomy Day project (you are going to do one, of course!) would be a great idea too.