The Santa Barbara
Astronomical Unit Webpage is here to inform our members and the general
about Astronomy related events and activities in and around Santa
SB Co. Science Fair winner, who also took
the Gold Medal and award for Best Project In
It's Division (Junior Mechanical and Earth
Sciences) and will move on to the State
Finals for her project (Testing The
Habitability of Exo-Planets). What makes
Daniela Castleberg (she's only in 8th
grade) even more special is that she told me
she was inspired to get involved in
astronomy and do this project because of a
star party the SBAU did at her school (SB
JrHS) and talking to the "astronomer"
running it. She will received a Check for
$150.00 as part of her award along with a 1
family membership to the SBAU.
cross-network premiere event, COSMOS: A
SPACETIME ODYSSEY will continue its epic
13-episode run, airing Sundays (9:00-10:00
PM ET/PT) on FOX, and Mondays – with all-new
bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content
– on the National Geographic Channel (NGC)
(10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).
Bright Supernova in M82
A supernova has brightened to 11th magnitude
in the irregular galaxy M82 off the Big
Dipper. It's easy to see in amateur
telescopes during evening....Read
Also read a write on the Nova by
Tom Whittemore and a Image of the Nova in
the current Newsletter by Chuck McPartlin.
You can also see an image of the Nova in
Bruce Murdock on his
Monthly AU Meeting in Farrand Hall
Friday, March 14th at 7:30 PM
. Our March 14th (2nd Friday, due to Museum event) is slated to be
Professor Jordi Puig-Suari of Cal Poly, SLO, talking about CubeSats for
educational purposes (hopefully, the history, development, deployments, and
future of the micro satellites
The CubeSat Project was developed by California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems
Development Lab. The CubeSat program creates launch opportunities for
universities previously unable to access space.
With over 60 universities and high school participating in the CubeSat
program, the educational benefits are tremendous. Students, through
hands on work, will develop the necessary skills and experience needed
to succeed in the aerospace industry. The CubeSat program also benefits
private firms and government by providing a low-cost way of flying
payloads in space, all while creating important educational
opportunities for future leaders of industry. The CubeSat program
strives to provide practical, reliable, and cost-effective launch
opportunities for small satellites and their payloads. ..."
members Forum is now up & running! Register soon at
http://www.sbau.org/forum/ to start or join a conversation with Santa
Barbara area astronomy & telescope club members. Upload or link to your
latest news and photos; ask questions about anything astronomy or telescope
related (and provide answers); or comment on club activities, just keep the
conversations civil (read your comments out loud before sending and see if
your mother would approve)!"
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"Want to learn how to make your own telescope or learn more about
astrophotography? Well, the SBAU has a Telescope Workshop!
At the Telescope Workshop, we cover construction techniques for mirrors
and telescopes, but also optics, cameras, and image processing software
discussions. We encourage novice astronomers to come, ask questions,
and even build, while advanced members are re-invited to attend if they
want to discuss telescope issues not covered at the monthly meetings or
just to help out.
http://sbautw.blogspot.com for a sample of past weekly Tuesday night
sessions at the Broder Building at the Museum of Natural History."
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If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come
to the right place! Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need
to observe satellites such as the
International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as
the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of
other spaceflight and astronomical information, detailed star charts showing the
track through the heavens.