July President's Message
Summer is officially here, but it is not the heat that gets me. It's the humidity. My optics fog over, and patience is not always my strongest character trait.
While you wait for your telescope to acclimate to the humidity, look up. Mars and Saturn appear high in the southern sky and visible to the unaided eye. Jupiter sets earlier and earlier as we get into July. However, the king of planets is still visible at sunset along with elusive Mercury. Venus will be in the sky too but just before sunrise. It is doing its "Morning Star" impression.
Go outside, and look up. Also, come to this month's meeting on Friday, July 11. We will be back on UNO's campus in the Science Building, room 1001. I hope to see you all there because I am this month's presenter.
A group of astronomers developed a program to combine amateur, astrophotography images found on the internet. The resulting image rivals the quality of those taken by large, ground-based and space-based telescopes. I will tell you all about this new program and what it means for the future of amateur astronomy. See you there.