December President's Message
Winter is nearly upon us; although it seemed to come early at times. The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, falls on December 21. The solstice marks the first day of winter for us in the United States. It also marks the day in which the Sun appears lowest in the midday sky.
With winter, our days are shorter and nights longer. The extra darkness gives us a great opportunity to observe our night sky. Be sure to bundle up, head out to a dark night sky, and look up on December 13. Geminid meteors should be shooting. The Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. I hope for clear skies and bright meteors because the last quarter Moon rises a little after midnight.
It is the end of the year, and this president's message will be my last for a while. New officers with old, familiar faces are coming for 2015. However, we will have an election run off at our December meeting/Christmas party. John Scholl and Ron Marcella are running for Treasure.
The party starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5 at the Kenner Planetarium in Rivertown. Drinks and entrees will be provided by the club. Please bring side dishes, desserts and your Christmas spirit. I hope to see everyone there.
It has been a pleasure serving as your 2014 PAS President. I hope to serve the club more in the future.