Monthly Archives: October 2011

Deaths: Al Panzer, club co-founder, 84

Long-time member and co-founder of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, Alexander (“Al”) A. Panzer died Friday, Oct. 28. He was 84. Panzer had a deep interest and love for astronomy, especially solar observing and telescope building. He built several large telescopes … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Astronomy: 2011 – 2012

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s popular Frontiers of Astronomy lecture series has announced their 2011 to 2012 program. The free series of public lectures takes place on Thursdays at 8:00 PM: November 17, December 8, March 8, and April … Continue reading

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Surprise aurora a real, long-lasting beauty!

The event began, for many of us, with a flash message from early Monday evening: CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 24th around 1800 UT (2 pm EDT).  The impact strongly compressed … Continue reading

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Spiral arms around star may indicate unseen planets

A new image of the disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star has spiral-arm-like structures. These features may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets. “Detailed computer simulations have shown us that the gravitational pull … Continue reading

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Hubble surveys galaxy clusters, looks for dark matter effects

October 13 — The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been used to make an image of galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847. The apparently distorted shapes of distant galaxies in the background is caused by an invisible substance called dark matter, whose … Continue reading

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