Skynet Tonight! The Cincinnati Observatory & Tour of the Constellation Centaurus 9PM CT

coc20with20star20trails20by20keith20allen_keith20allenSKYNET!!!! June 18, 2016 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Cincinnati Observatory” and “Tour of the Constellation Centaurus”
Net Control: Kelley K5KTX
Afterglow Movie at 10:30: “Mars Attacks!”
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT. 

Links to tonight’s Sky Net:

Discussion topic of the evening.

Tonight’s topic is The Cincinnati Observatory, the oldest observatory in the U.S. – Maybe!

Cincinnati Observatory:



·         Google location map:,-84.5819537,11z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xda4c62b0038cc1c4!8m2!3d39.1390743!4d-84.422609

·         Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, founder:

·         2nd director, Cleveland Abbe:

·         Paul Herget with telescope:

·         Original observatory building on Mt. Adams:

·         1843 Merz und Mahler Refractor:

·         1904 Alvan Clark & Sons Refractor:

·         Building today:

·         Observatory image gallery:

In the sky this evening:

Moon, Saturn, Mars, & Antares

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Constellation Centaurus

Photo #1 Centaurus A (NGC 5128)

Photo #2 Omega Centauri (NGC 5139)

Photo #3 Spiral Galaxy (NGC 4945)

Photo #4 Spiral Galaxy (NGC 4650 & NGC 4650A)

Photo #5 Blue Planetary Nebula (NGC 3918)

Photo #6 Backward Galaxy (NGC 4622)

Photo #7 Merging Galaxies (NGC 5090 & NGC 5091)

Recent Astronomical discoveries

The Most Distant Oxygen Ever Observed

Did Gravitational Wave Detector Find Dark Matter?

Space Exploration and Space History

Small asteroid – Earth’s constant companion

Space history, including NASA’s 1963 contract with the David Clark company for spacesuits; and the launch of the first woman in space


YouTube animation of asteroid orbit:

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.


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