Monthly Archives: September 2014

New arrivals in SJAA Library!

Hello there,

Thanks to generous donation by some nice people in our community, SJAA library now has few more interesting books –
Star Ware – Philip S. Harrington
Norton’s 2000.0 Star Atlas and Reference Handbook – Arthur P. Norton
The Cambridge Star Atlas – Wil Tirion
Uncovering the Secrets of the Red planet – Mars – Paul Raeburn
365 Starry Nights – Chet Raymo
Astronomy – Fred Hoyle
Looking at the Earth – Priscilla Strain & Frederick Engle
A Dictionary of Astronomy – Dr. Robert Maddison
Don’t Know Much About The Universe – Kenneth C. Davis
The Accelerating Universe – Mario Livio
Thursday’s Universe – Marcia Bartusiak

And thanks to Eric Randall, we also have some fantastic new DVDs in our collection –
Astronomy Magazine – Infinite Cosmos DVD Series
Episodes available –
Biggest Things in Space
Can We Make it to Mars?
Catastrophes That Changed the Planets
Colonizing Space
Cosmic Collisions
Dark Matter/Dark Energy
How Big, How Far, How Fast
How the Solar System was Made
Life Beyond Earth
The End of Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet
The Journey to Palomar
The Search for Cosmic Clusters
To the Moon
Unexplained Mysteries
Wildest Weather in the Cosmos

Stop by and check these out!

As always, if you have any questions/suggestions/comments/feedback, please email me at

Thank you!

Posted in Anouncements, Blog

1st Sunday Sept 7th Solar

Observe The Sun Safely! Never look at the Sun without a proper filter!
Solar Programs are held 1st Sunday of every Month 2:00-4:00 PM at Houge Park weather permitting.
Great Weather, Terrific Scopes and Folks, Spectacular Prominences and 170 Sunspot Count (NOAA) =
Could not ask for More


5 Scopes and 20 Folks at 1st Sunday Solar Observing at Houge

A grab and go spotting scope and Questar scope filled the need to see the plethora of fantastic sunspots and solar faculae today. And 3 H-alpha scopes filled the bill to see a prototypical loop prominence, a 200,000 mile hedge row prom and several tree branching proms.  Here’s a pic of the spots from

Note the white webbing of Solar Faculae around the sunspots. Teruo’s Pentax Spotting scope equipped with a glass filter @30x caught all the major hot regions on today’s Earth facing photosphere.

Below – Paul M. scope caught truly veteran solar views and Wolf W. 100mm catches its first plasma light.
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Thanks to our volunteers Terry K, Teruo U., Wolf W., Paul M. and Michael P.. And special thanks to Dave Ittner would helped get the club’s scope set up today and Rob Jaworski for bringing cooler/drinks and also facilitating coverage of our Solar Sunday by a local newspaper.

Posted in Blog, Solar

NASA Ames 1st open house in 17 years

NASA Ames Open House

Saturday October 18

Check our Martian Landscape area, wind tunnels, labs….

Perhaps a SJAA Group Trip? Post us a note below…

More Details here:


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