MARS Region Election - Call for Nominations


The MARS Region is opening nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Regional Representative. During the annual convention each regional Chair and Representative (or their proxies) vote on matters before the Astronomical League Council. They also may participate in other meetings, usually teleconferences, to help guide the League in its activities.

In order to be considered the nominee must be a resident of a state in the MARS region and a member in good standing of the Astronomical League. This means that their name is on the club’s current roster or they are currently affiliated with the League as a Member-At-Large. 
Nominations are to be submitted between February 1, 2016 through February 15, 2016 by sending an email to Wayne Green (current MARS chair) stating the person's name, affiliation, position they are seeking, and a brief description (150 words or less) of their background and what they wish to accomplish in the position. A person may self-nominate if they wish.
Since there has not been a regional meeting these positions may be elected by the Regional Council (refer to Astronomical League By-Laws Article IX. Section 3, see ).
The Regional Council consists of the president and a representative of each club in the region, the current Regional Officers, current Regional Representative, and a representative of the Astronomical League members-at-large within the region (Astronomical League By-Laws Article IX. Section 2).
A list of the nominees for each position will be emailed to each Regional Council member (club president, etc. per previous paragraph) on or before March 1st. They are then to make their selections and email to Mitch Glaze by Tuesday, March 15th. The list will also be sent to patron members, lifetime members, and members-at-large within the MARS region. The majority vote for each position from these members will be the representative vote for these members.   
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Dr. Tim Brown to receive distinguished Watson Medal


Long time Longmont Astronomical Society (CO) member, Tim Brown, is to receive an award, the "James Craig Watson Medal for Astronomy, from the National Academy of Sciences on May 1st in Washington DC. The award recognizes Tim for “his visionary scientific and technical advancements that have been critical to the fields of helioseismologyasteroseismology, and the emerging field of spectroscopy of transiting exoplanets, and for his critical role in helping a new generation of scientists and facilities to succeed”.  For more info see the press release at the Las Cumbres Observatory website,

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AstroCon 2017 Registration Now Open


You may now register for the Astrocon 2017 conference in Casper, Wyoming onAugust 16 through August 19, 2017. Visit the Astrocon 2017 webpage at and click on the "Registration" tab at the top right of the page.


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Last Call -Coordinators Needed


If you are interested in helping the AL as an Observing Program Coordinator, we need to hear from you by Friday 1/15/2016.  We are beginning to contact those we have already heard from.  These programs are in need of a leader:  Analemma, Double Star, Galileo, and Sky Puppy Observing Programs.  Please send an email to Aaron Clevenson, Observing Program Director, at

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Reflector Digital Edition Notice has been sent


The Reflector Digital Edition notice has been sent out finally.  It is about 7 weeks late this time. Hopefully we'll do better in March.  Both the database and user interface were re-designed to correct a number of problems and make the interface more flexible.  If you are a member of multiple clubs you may now have different contact information and Reflector delivery options for each.  If you are a member of multiple clubs you may have Reflector Magazine delivered by postal mail for each of your memberships or from one or none. Digital delivery notices may be in set up in the same manner.

If you are a member and did not receive a notice there are a number of possible reasons:

  • We don't have your email address
  • Email address we have is incorrect due to a typo
  • Its no longer valid
  • Email has been marked as spam by your email service provider

Just send an email with your club and your contact information to and I'll add your contact email.

I just noticed that the greeting in the announcement was not sent correctly.  It should have been:  "Hello {your name}, {astronomy club}" but the "{your name}" part didn't get set correctly. I'll get that fixed for the March notice.

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Astronomics Sketching Award

Sketching the details of a celestial scene allows the observer to see more and to better understand what he or she sees. In short, it makes one a better observer while making the hobby more satisfying.

This award recognizes the remarkable work of sketchers who patiently depict what appears in the eyepiece.

Today’s sketchers use all types of media, from the standard pencil and paper to electronic drawing, and they sketch all types of celestial scenes from intriguing lunar features to subtly shaded nebula. All are fair game for the sketcher and for the Sketching Award.

While one does not need to be an artist to succeed at sketching, it does take practice. So, why not begin tonight and try your hand at drawing what you see in the eyepiece? For more general information about sketching, please visit the Astronomical League Sketching Observing Award webpage:


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