Saturday, June 13, 2015 Plutopalooza Learn about plutoids, dwarf planets and trans-neptunian objects, why Pluto is no longer a planet and discuss what you can do about it! Get the latest update from the New Horizon's spacecraft and decade-long mission to Pluto as the world readies for NASA's historic July 14 system fly-by and the richest photo album of Pluto and its moons, ever! You will be ready! Software Demonstration and Tutorial: NASA Eyes on the Solar System - We'll look at the New Horizon's Mission and other views of our solar system neighborhood and its exploration through the platform of this powerful, free tool that you can download from NASA and use at home or on-the-go with your mobile devices.
Bringing Astronomy to the Public - Young Astronomers Program
This year NJAA is planning to offer a Young Astronomers program on the second or third Saturday of the month, from May through October. These events will kick off at 6:30pm and will run until approximately 8:00pm. These events may or may not include some kind of presentation, but the focus will always be 'hands on' learning. The events will be facilitated and staffed by Youth Committee members.
Click HERE to register for upcoming events.
New Jersey Astronomical Association
The Paul Robinson Observatory
Buzz Aldrin Astronomical Center
Observatory Road - Voorhees State Park
P.O. Box 214
High Bridge, New Jersey 08829-0214
Saturday, June 3, 2017
So You're Thinking About Buying a Telescope?
Come to see, touch and learn how different types of telescopes work and what you can see through them from your own backyard. Get an objective overview of the selection of optics widely available to the amateur observer. Ask your questions about reliability, cost, convenience, trade-offs. Participate in a telescope "dissection" to investigate how they work. We'll review a variety of telescopes and their imaging abilities - from Galileo's spyglass to the soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope, Then we'll complete the night's mission by "kicking the tires" and looking at the Moon through a variety of NJAA telescopes - it will be the only thing we can see at 8pm in the June sky!
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Amazing Size, Amazing Scale
ure you know the planets, moons and stars are different sizes, but nearly everything you've ever seen about them has been WRONG! Get a better sense of our Solar System size and scale and our place in this HUGE universe!
Tons of fun!
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Icy Ocean Worlds
The chance for life developing on our solar system's huge gas giants doesn't't seem very likely, but many of their icy moons are promising and show signs that liquid water abounds. Come take a tour of these water worlds, see what future missions might explore and imagine "what if.....?" If our skies cooperate, we'll look through NJAA telescopes and be able to SEE one of those worlds with our own eyes!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
International Observe the Moon Nights
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth's nearest neighbor. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by attending and uniting on this one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together..
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Finding Your Way In the Night Sky
If the Big Dipper and Orion's belt are the only things you find in the night sky, come take this tour that will help you identify over 20 stars, constellations and and asterisms you might find from your own backyard. Make a planisphere to help you find your way around the Zodiac when your smartphone's battery gives out. Then we'll take a laser-guided tour of the visible stars and pattens outside our observatory door.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
When the Sun Goes Dark
We'll start by taking advantage of the last minutes of the setting sun and share safe, magnified views of any sunspots and solar prominences through a specialized hydrogen-alpha telescope (weather permitting). Learn about our magnetic Sun and just how spectacular it is. Get a better handle on Earth/Space science concepts of the seasons, tides, lunar phases and eclipses as we act out the Sun-Earth-Moon System. We'll prepare for the Aug 21 partial solar eclipse here in NJ, cover eclipse Do's and Don'ts and learn how to make viewing devices at home for safe eclipse observation. Every family will get a pair of approved eclipse glasses!