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Boötes and Its Maverick Star

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The Astronomy Club of Augusta for the CSRA (ACA) will present the program Boötes and Its Maverick Star in the meeting room. The constellation Boötes (the herdsman or ploughman), located in the northern night sky from spring through the summer and one of the largest in the night sky, contains some interesting features. The most notable one is the maverick star Arcturus. A review of this constellation and its famous star is intended to reacquaint the observer with its salient characteristics.

Speaker Ron Ferris is a longtime member and past vice president of the ACA. He has been interested in all aspects of astronomy since childhood. At age 13 he built all major components of his first 6” Newtonian reflecting telescope from scratch, including grinding, polishing, figuring and silvering its mirror. Ron’s increased interest in the Sun occurred several years ago. He has subsequently used his Coronado telescope to share that interest in observing the Sun with scores of children at the annual ACA on the Lawn for Science Education Enrichment Day events, at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC-Aiken.

Refreshments will be served.

Lunar & Star Observing will be held after the meeting weather permitting. Bring what you have of planisphere, binoculars, telescope, towel. Wear layered clothing.

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