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Nice May night

RAC outreach program continues already the third year.  Public observing is about once a month after dusk, when Moon  is in about the first quarter. It’s mostly conducted from the Watson soccer field. This Winter we found, that soccer field parking would not be plowed, so we could not safely use it for observing, especially in such snowy Winter. Fortunately […]
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An evening with the lunar eclipse

January 21, 2019 at 9:00 PM dozens of members of the Rochester community join the RAC to brave the cold and enjoy the total lunar eclipse. The temperature dropped to a chilling -5. With the light breeze that accompanied the clear night, making it feel even colder.  Although the air was cold, the skies were clear. With the Moon bright […]
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Earthrise from Apollo 8

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our planet and travel to another body in space, to the Moon. Crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders could see for the first time Earth rising above Moon. Now is obvious, that astronaut Williams Anders took that historic picture. Ernie Wright is […]
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Cometary indulgement by end of 2018

Updated 12/10,11/17. About four years ago we could observe by naked eye comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). This year in December, we expect to see periodic comet 46P/Wirtanen. Now, we have actually chance to see two comets! Comet 46P/Wirtanen has period 5.44 years. This year it will be as close as just 0.08 AU from the Earth, and it could be […]
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Galileoscopes in Rochester

Night Sky Network invited member clubs with courtesy of the  Astronomical Society of the Pacific  to online workshop From Pinholes to Space Telescopes: How Telescopes Work from  from September 24 to November 9 . Accepted clubs were given an activity kit for workshop use, and Galileoscopes for use in educational programs. RAC participants John Martin and Josef Chlachula applied, were accepted, and completed […]
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NASA iTech in Rochester

Post updated, see below. — On Friday November 9 at 6 PM will speak in Rochester Kira Blackwell from NASA.  The program “NASA iTech: An innovative way to work with entrepreneurs” is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Rochester MN hosted by Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and Collider Coworking at Mann Hall, 321 3rd Avenue Southwest, Rochester MN – Mayo […]
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What to expect at RAC Night Sky Viewing Events

The RAC hosts regular Night Sky Viewing and Dark Sky Viewing events. If you are new to astronomy or new to the club, these events may be new for you as well. Knowing what to expect might make the events easier to navigate and more enjoyable. The observing events typically take place in a public location, after dark. Club members […]
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Getting Connected with RAC!

The Rochester Astronomy Club is always looking to connect with our community and encourages anyone that is interested in astronomy to attend our events. We have monthly meetings that are open to the public with interesting and informative presentations. Additionally, we have regular public observing events where club members set up telescopes and share viewing experiences with anyone that has […]
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Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner

Would you like to see a comet? Now, in September 2018 is pretty good chance to see comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner by small telescope or even by binocular. Periodic comet 21P can be seen in in September the second part of the night. Below is path map till beginning of the October. About 2 AM is already high enough above horizon, and can […]
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Smoky Mars

On Friday August 17th I was driving to the Watson Soccer fields, listening to the weather forecast on radio. They said “patchy smoke”, and I could not understand, what it means. That afternoon Sun was orange, even it was still high above horizon, and in my mind it was like filtered through high clouds fog. On Soccer fields, when getting […]