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MONTHLY ZOOM MEETING: Monday, January 18th, 7:30 p.m.  The old year has ended with the Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction still fresh in our minds.  Now, the new year begins with another planet-planet conjunction.  To be sure, this month’s pairing of Mars and Uranus will be less dramatic, but still worthy of our attention.  And to assist our viewing, January’s meeting program will feature our own President, John Goss.  With some help from his friends, John will zero-in on Uranus’ location, fortuitously aided by the passage of first-magnitude Mars.  With charts, graphics and explanations, John and company will cover where the pair will be, the period of closest passage and what to expect from your binocular or telescopic view.  The program will also provide historical context regarding Uranus, the first planetary body discovered telescopically.  In addition, it will encourage members to engage in the Astronomical League’s solar system observing program, part of which involves Uranus.  Our regular monthly segments such as observing and new equipment reports and the What’s Up sky review will round out the evening.  Watch for your meeting e-invitation and plan to join us at the January meeting!

 

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