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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 also see: Science at NASA

 

YCAS April Special Event

Astronomy Class

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

Planetarium

Shows are "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 p.m. See Planetarium for more information: Planetarium

 

M42 Great Orion Nebula

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

 

 Jupiter

Image below of planet Jupiter by YCAS member Mike Wenz on November 8, 2013 showing the Great Red Spot. 

Image details:

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

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YCAS Member Discovers Asteroids

YCAS member John Sachs discovered two new unknown asteroids. For more information of discovery and animations see: Discovery

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Observing The Moon

Mike and the Moon

Below 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

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Imaging The Moon

Below images by Michelle Wenz showing sunrise on the Lunar surface. Animation was made from Michelle's images. See More here: Lunar Sunrise

York County, Adams County, Pennsylvania Astronomy The Scout Merit Badge Program

I stood 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)

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