The President’s Message

To the Members of AOS,

As we have now transitioned past the Autumnal Equinox and head into the Fall Season, October brings upon us thoughts of cooler nights, falling leaves, earlier darker skies, culminating in spooky Halloween festivities with Jack–o’- Lanterns, Witches and Goblins…

October also brings us meteor season! And this October is going to provide plenty of opportunities for viewing. Two of the ones to watch out for are the meteor showers which will reach peak activity during this month along with various galaxies coming into prime view as well as an Annular Solar Eclipse and ending in a Partial Lunar Eclipse.


Oct 9th – Peak of the Draconid Meteor Shower (Variable Activity 0-10 Meteors Per Hour)

Oct 21st – Peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower (10-20 Meteors Per Hour)

And don’t forget the GALAXIES!

Oct 2nd – the  Andromeda Galaxy (M31) will be at it highest point in our sky with the Triangulum Galaxy M33 doing the same on October 15th. Perhaps we should try as a group to view these two?


Oct 1
Aldo Spadoni: Former AOS Member and President of the IAAA – International Association of Astronomical Artists – Discussion: Exploring the Boundaries of Art, Design, Aerospace Engineering & Popular Culture

Nov 5 Tom Madigan:  AOS Club Member – Discussion: HOW OLD IS THE UNIVERSE

Dec 3 Dr. Christopher Mason: Weil Cornell Medical Center – Professor of Genomics, Physiology and Biophysics – DISCUSSION: THE NEXT 500 YEARS ENGINEERING LIFE TO REACH NEW WORLDS 


Nov 9th
 – Goddard Space Flight Center – Maryland Bus Day Trip
Dec 2nd – Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory – Special Guided Private Tour Palisades NJ


Dec 9th – Holiday Party (details are coming!)

Jason Cousins, President

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