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Welcome to Umpqua Astronomers of Douglas County 

Astronomy enthusiasts of Douglas county gather for monthly meeting at Umpqua   Community College the
second Tuesday of each month at
Wayne Crooch Hall Room 10.
Please see a link to U.C. C. Campus map to locate Wayne Crooch Hall on the far eastern part of campus. 

https://www.umpqua.edu/about/facts-visitor-information/ucc-map
NEXT UA MEETING AT U.C.C.
The next UA meeting is  April 9 , 2019 at Room 10 Wayne Crooch HalL U.C.C.

First scope UA help:
What do you do with your new “Astromaster”  or “ Powerseeker” 
or “Starwatcher” telescope?  Come to the April9th UA meeting
at 6:30 p.m. at U.C.C. Wayne Crooch Room 10 for tips on how use your new scope. Free star charts and observing advise will be offered to help get you started exploring the Cosmos. Telescope demos will be
available.
  

Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30 to ask questions and learn about the night sky. The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Each month we discuss a bit of club news, what's new in Astronomy, what's up in the sky and have a feature presentation. Anyone interested in astronomy is welcome to come to the meetings. 

Go to EVENTS page to see UA meeting Scedule at U.C.C.for 2019.  Also, check out other astronomical events for each month. 
UA ASSOCIATIONS AND PARTNERS

Umpqua Astronomers is a participating in the Astronomical League. This provides members with a quarterly national magazine, "the Reflector" and many observing project to help beginners to use a hands on approach to learn about astronomy. Umpqua Astronomers  is an active member of the Night Sky network , International Astronomical Union programs, the Global Astronomy Month, and  the International Observe the Moon program .  Club members are encouraged and supported in becoming comfortable learning and exploring the night sky.

Umpqua Astronomers are an active supporting partner of U.C.C.'s Paul Morgan Observatory. Club stargazing events are held at the observatory during spring to fall months.   Link to 

 Morgan Observatory website

ASTRONOMY HAPPENINGS  March   2019

Although Spring nights in the Umpqua Valley are often cloudy or
foggy, if the skies clear, look at some special astro-treats.


COMETS 
MArch 2019 still ofers a  comet for our viewing pleasure. 
This fuzzball now requires a telescpe to find. A newly discovered comet,C2018 Y1 Iwamoto is slowly fading.  More  details at http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2018Y1/2018Y1.html  

Spring nights and the Analemma
The sun has crossed the Celestial Meridian on March 20th (Spring). let's look at a chart of the Declination of the noon sun called
the analemma. In late December and January, the sun is between  -23.5 to -20 Declination. Notice that
the chart is an odd shaped "figure 8" with a large bottom and a smaller top. The width of the chart is determined by the speed of the earth revolving about the sun. In the Winter, the earth is moving much more rapidly than in the
summer.

New Horizons

The New Horizon spacecraft has successfully passed by KBO
Ultima Thule to give us earthlings our first most distant
Solar System object
photos.   

Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Lunar Far-Side Landing
A Chinese spacecraft successsfully landed on the far side of the moon near the southern region. The Chang'e 4 lander touched down on 
January 3rd and released a small rover called Yutu 2 or Jade
rabbit 2.  check out these links for more info. updates to Chang'e 4 mission or an in depth look at Chang'e 4 on the moon