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NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.
Read more: NASA
YCAS April Special
York County Astronomical Society presents a short course on
Appreciating the Heavens on Saturdays 7-9 p.m., April 26. Learn more: Appreciating the Heavens
"Back To The Moon For
Good" will be presented on
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 7:00p.m., "StarWatch" at 7:40p.m., and
"Chasing the Ghost Particle" will be presented at 8:20
Planetarium for more information: Planetarium
M42 Great Orion
M42, Great Orion Nebula, shot from Hanover, Pa, by
YCAS club member Butch Kimmel with full-spectrum modified Canon 600D and Astronomik clip-in CLS-CCD filter on 8-inch Meade Schmidt Newtonian telescope (f/4) at 812mm. 102 minutes collected as three-min subframes at ISO 100, January 29, 2014.
See larger image: M-42
below of planet Jupiter by YCAS member Mike Wenz on November 8,
2013 showing the Great Red Spot.
Jupiter imaged on 11/9/13 at 4:24 am through a 10 inch Newtonian
telescope. A DMK21af CCD camera was used with a Wratten #38A filter.
YCAS Speakers available
YCAS is available for
educational and speaking engagements. YCAS speakers are members
on a volunteer basis and therefore limited to evenings and
weekends. Contact YCAS at: E-Mail
YCAS member John Sachs
new unknown asteroids. For more information of discovery and
animations see: Discovery
is an image of the lunar
crater Schiller taken by YCAS member Mike Wenz. It was taken at the YCAS
observatory at John Rudy Park in York, PA using the York County's LX-200
telescope and his DMK21AF04 CCD camera. The images were stacked
using around 1000 exposures out of 1500 exposures and processed using
Registax. See: Lunar
images by Michelle Wenz showing sunrise
on the Lunar surface. Animation was made from Michelle's images.
See More here: Lunar
County, Adams County, Pennsylvania Astronomy The Scout Merit Badge
and stared; the sky was lit,
The sky was stars all over it,
I stood, I knew not why,
Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill
And stared into the sky until
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky. --Ralph Hodgson (1913)
York County Astronomical Society, Located in York, Pennsylvania
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