Jun 18, 2012
Our mission is to inspire, inform and educate children, families, educators, and all West Virginians about our planet, our universe and the many benefits of scientific thinking, technological advancement and exploration.
Although we were clouded out, about 50 friends watched the Venus Transit with us in Hyma Auditorium. Keep your solar glasses to continue observing the Sun as it enters maximum sunspot activity next year.
New sound system
Our Fisher "high fidelity stereophonic" sound system, which was originally installed in 1968, finally gave out. We purchased a new Yamaha RX-V671 AV receiver and Harmon Kardon HKTS 20BQ speakers for 5.1 surround sound. To get 5.1 surround sound out of the laptop computer, we use a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi external USB sound card with THX SB1095.
West Virginia Skies in summer.
Saturn and Mars are spectacular evening planets while Venus has now transitioned to a "morning Star," rising just before sunrise. Jupiter also rises before the Sun each day. The summer solstice occurs on Jun 20th this year and marks the Suns's northernmost point on the celestial sphere as well as the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. Spica and Arcturus are a couple of the bright stars visible in the night sky as well as the summer triangle composed of Vega, Deneb, and Altair.
Where is the Sun?
The Sun begins June in Taurus. By June 20th, the summer solstice, the Sun moves into Gemini where it will remain until late July when it moves into Cancer. The Sun begins August in Cancer and enters Leo by mid August.
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