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Saturday, January 07, 2006

January 7, 2006

Good day,

Larry Klaes posted a reference to Universe Today's offering of a 407-page
document describing the celestial events of 2006.

If I looked at my own web page where I have a link to
I would have seen that. Guess I should read what posts automatically. -


I down loaded the 13.5 MB PDF file and flipped through all the pages. Now
if I can remember to just read each page day by day should give information
on looking up.

Along those lines, the "Astronomical Calendar 2006" by Guy Ottewell,
distributed by SKY & TELESCOPE, will give you a lot of information about
looking up as well.

I'll mention one more book, which I find now is 10 years old. Boy does time
fly and we still aren't heading out on long space journeys but if we were
this book alerts us to what we will need to plan for. "SPACEFLIGHT LIFE
SUPPORT AND BIOSPHERICS" by Peter Eckart. (see reference below)
And for on-line calendars, lets not forget JPL Space Calendar.

Must organize my routines to pay homage to each day and do a better job of
looking up with you.

Larry Kellogg

Web Site
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The Study of the Pioneer Anomaly: New Data and Objectives for New
Investigation -
Authors: Slava G. Turyshev, Viktor T. Toth, Larry R. Kellogg, Eunice. L.
Lau, Kyong J. Lee

What's Up 2006 - Download it Free

Summary - (Jan 5, 2006) I'm sure some of you noticed we missed this week's
What's Up, and I apologize, my whole family was a little sick this week, so
I wasn't able to put much work into the website. However, I have a big
surprise for all of you. Tammy has been hard at work for the last 4 months
writing a book... for you.

What's Up 2006 - 365 Days of Skywatching (13.5 MB)
This is a FREE 407-page downloadable book containing What's Up material for
every day in 2006. You can download the book to your local computer, go to
the day you like and print off the page to take outside with you nicely
formatted. It's also got tons of other material including general
skywatching advice, equipment selection, and hundreds of beautiful
photographs. We've been working pretty hard on this. :-)

Click here to download the entire book. (it's 13.5 MB, so be patient).

It's an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, so you'll need to download the Adobe Acrobat
reader if you don't have it already.

And yes, this book is absolutely free. Download it, send it to your friends,
print it off. Oh, and if you could tell everyone you know, we'd really
appreciate it. :-) We'll still be having the same old web content as well,
and some additional material to support the book. I'm still getting that all
together, but I didn't want to delay the release any longer.

Also, this is an experiment, so give me any feedback you have, suggestions
for improvements, etc.

Fraser Cain
Universe Today
Snip from the foreword - LRK -

Greetings, fellow SkyWatchers! Are you ready for a whole year of what’s up in the night sky? Then look no further as we present the best of what can be seen on any night. In these pages you will find lunar features, planets, meteor showers, bright and double stars, open and globular clusters, as well as distant galaxies. There’s astronomy history to explore here, just as there is some science. You’ll find things here for those who enjoy stargazing with just their eyes, binoculars, or even the largest of telescopes! While these observing tips are designed with all readers in mind, not everyone lives in the same time zone, same hemisphere, nor has clear skies every night. No matter where you live, or who you are, it is my hope that somewhere
here you find something of interest to keep you looking up!

I am...~Tammy Plotner

This famous atlas-sized annual book is the most widely used and most
attractive guide to what will happen in the sky throughout the year.
Each page is the size of three or four of an ordinary book, allowing
large spreads of mixed diagrams and text.

The Astronomical Calendar has been published continuously since 1974,
and is now used by about 20,000 (amateurs, telescope-owners, clubs,
teachers, planetariums, libraries, enjoyers of the sky) in over 100

An introduction explains how to use the various components of the book
and, if you are a beginner, what to select at first (since there are so many
levels of information). For each month there is a large map of the evening
sky; facing it, a diary of 40 or so events, many with paragraph-long

Other features on the monthly pages are diagrams of where the planets
are in their orbits, "Constellation Clues," "Telescopic Tour" (coordinates
of selected objects findable in the month), "Observer's Highlights," and
sketches of the most striking sky scenes.

Supplementary sections include Highlights of the Year, The Sun, The
Moon, Special Moons, Young Moon and Old Moon, Eclipses, Occultations,
Conjunctions, each of the planets, Meteors, Asteroids, Comets, Spaceflight,
Deep-Sky Profiles, Light Pollution, Glossary, Magnitude and Elongation,
Rising and Setting, Quick Reference, and a colored centerfold all-sky map.
Some features are contributed by experts Fred Schaaf, Clifford Cunningham,
Alastair McBeath, and Alan Hale.

Special events in 2006 include several tight groupings of planets; a
transit of Mercury across the Sun; a comet that will probably be of
naked-eye brightness (though it separated into several pieces last time it
appeared — interesting to see whether it has survived!); favorable times for
many of the annual meteor showers; and a great eclipse of the Sun across
Africa, Turkey, and central Asia.

The cover picture for this year is based on a map of the sky drawn by a
Navajo Indian in the early 20th century. You are invited to solve the
puzzle of how these mythical figures relate to the constellations we know.
11 x 15 in., 82 pages, color painting on cover, 2-color illustrations.
ISBN 0-934546-51-7. $24.95

Some back issues (1974, 1983, and 1985 onward) are available for $10.00.
Some corrections to the Astronomical Calendar are posted here.

You can order the Astronomical Calendar at
"Every inch of its king-sized pages is packed with artistry, information,
lucid diagrams, and clever explanations"
- J. U. Gunter in Tonight's Asteroids

"So valuable that many users keep their copies for permanent
eference" —George Lovi in Sky & Telescope

"Each year's book becomes more superb—just when you think it can't get any
better!" —A reader in Florida

"Thank goodness for Guy Ottewell. If he didn't exist, I would have to invent
him... [The book is] of surpassing originality [and is] more than a
calendar; it is a compendium of all things astronomical that will happen
during the year, described with a graphic flair that is the author's
particular genius. The calendar is useful for neophytes, but it also evokes
the appreciation of experienced astronomers. It arrives every year in
December and, during early winter evenings, I curl up with it and plan my
coming year of stargazing." —Chet Raymo in The Boston Globe

Spaceflight Life Support and Biospherics (Space Technology Library, V. 5)
by Peter Eckart

A very good introduction and summary to the topic, August 30, 1996
Spaceflight life support and biospherics is a very well written book that
gives engineers, scientists and students all information needed for this
topic. It may become, or it is already, the Standard-Handbook on life
support systems for space.


Space Calendar list of all major space related events provided by the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, USA. Includes launches, conferences, astronomical
events, ...


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