Aaron Clevenson

March AL Live

AL LIVE! March 1, 2024, 7 p.m. EST     Click here for the announcement. (https://www.astroleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/AL-LIVE-20240301.pdf)

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Chuck Allen: 

“Seeing Faster-Than-Light Objects

and Other Perspectives on Distance”

Props are used to initiate discussion of the distances covered, or likely to be covered, by space exploration. We’ll explore the limits of naked eye vision and of amateur and professional telescopes. We’ll then examine the four horizons of our observable universe, looking at the causes and effects of horizons and the ability of photons to reach us from regions receding from us faster than light. And if you feel small at the end, I have a cure for that too.

Chuck Allen is vice-president and past-president of the Astronomical League. He founded the National Young Astronomer Award in 1991, received the 1998 G. R. Wright Award for service, holds the League’s Master Outreach Award with nearly 600 public programs logged, and is a gold level Master-Observer with 43 programs completed. Chuck coordinates three League Observing Programs and co-chaired ALCon ’21 Virtual during COVID. He is past president of the Louisville Astronomical Society and current Program Director for the Evansville Astronomical Society.

The Great 2024 Eclipse – Your Complete Guide




In celebration of the 2024 eclipse, Sky & Telescope just released a 64-page special edition of our magazine titled The Great 2024 Eclipse – Your Complete Guide to the April 8th Solar Eclipse, (https://shopatsky.com/products/2024-eclipse-guide) plus it includes 2 free pair of eclipse glasses.

Many of us are familiar with Sky and Telescope and the American Astronomical Society.  They have published this guide to the upcoming Solar Eclipse (in April).  We are bringing this to you because the Astronomical League is an official Sky and Telescope Great 2024 Eclipse Partner.

Observing Program Division Announcement – Bambury 600 Certificate

Do you observe south of the Equator?  Are you looking for a significant observing challenge?  Then the Bambury 600 Southern Skies Observing Certification is for you.  The Astronomical League and OZSKY are offering a joint certificate to those who complete the entire list of 600 observations.  You do NOT need to be an AL member to participate.  This Observing Certificate allows for Imaging and Remote Telescopes.  Information and rules can be found on the Southern Sky Telescope Observing Program web page:


Observing Program Division Announcement – Southern Herschel 400

The Herschel 400 certification now allows the use of remote telescopes.

Do you live south of the equator? Are you stuck because some of the Herschel 400 objects are too far north for you to observe them? We have just published a new Observing option to solve that issue: The Southern Herschel 400 Supplemental Observing List. The list has 150 new objects that may be combined with at least 250 objects from the original Herschel 400 Target List (for a total of 400 observations). This certification may be used to replace the Herschel 400 certification in the Master Observer Progression.

While you may earn two certificates, a pin will be award ONLY for the first one..

For more information on how to earn this new certificate, go to the Herschel 400 web page:


Upcoming AL Live – Solar Eclipse (updated)

Upcoming AL Live – Solar Eclipse

AL LIVE! has been moved to 7 pm EST Friday January 26, 2024. (It was originally scheduled for Friday January 19.) Please join the session featuring Alan Dyer who will discuss photographing the April 8 Solar Eclipse.

Click Read More… then click on the link to get information on the upcoming AL Live! event coming up on January 19, 2024 at 7;00 PM EST, or copy the link to your web browser.

AL Live – January 2024 – https://www.astroleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/20240126-AL-LIVE-Alan-Dyer-and-Eclipse-2.pdf

Observing Program Division Announcement – April 2024 Total Eclipse Special Observing Challenge

The Astronomical League is offering a Special Observing Challenge to commemorate the 2024 (April 8) Total Eclipse.  It is quite similar to the Annular Eclipse Challenge in 2023.  You should start collecting data for the Gold Level immediately (it requires at least 6 months of data).  For more information and all of the details, go to the website:  https://www.astroleague.org/solar-eclipse-observing-challenges/

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