Astronomy Column: Author to speak to Astronomical Society

By ROGER BROWER

China Lake Astronomical Society

The next China Lake Astronomical Society meeting will be held on Feb. 3, at the Maturango Museum at 100 E. Las Flores at 7:30 p.m.

The February program will feature Michael Strecker, a physician in Los Angeles who became interested in astrophotography in the mid 1980s. He published in “Structures in Space” with Bernard Abram, the education director of the Place Group in Gloucester, England.

This was one of several articles the two co-authored about basic astronomy. In January 2013 we saw his photographs of emission and reflection nebula, and in July we saw his photos of star clusters. In February 2014 we will see his photos of galaxies.

There will be no more star parties until March.

Celestial Calendar

1. Venus remains in the morning sky this month. Look for it in the southeast just before sunrise.

2. Jupiter remains in the evening sky. Look for it in the east after sundown.

3. Mercury starts in the evening sky this month where it will be visible low in the west for the first week then fades into the sun. However, it then moves to the morning sky where it is visible very low in the southeast the last couple days of the month.

4. Saturn remains in the morning sky this month where it rises in the east at 2 a.m. on the first and 12:30 a.m. at the end of the month. Look for it in the south before sunrise.

5. Mars remains in Virgo all month. Look for it rising in the southeast near 11 p.m. at the start of the month and 9:30 p.m. at the end of the month.

6. The zodiacal light should be visible from about Feb. 16 to March 2. Look for it in the west about one hour after sunset. It will appear as a left leaning triangle of light.

Visit our website at http://www.chinalakeastrosoc.org. For more information, contact CLAS at 760-375-1181 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2014-01-29