April-May, 2007 Volume 2, Issue 2
PO BOX 951, Topeka KS 66619
The official newsletter of Farpoint Observatory and the Northeast
Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League
FASTTracks: Goodbye to FAST - an open challenge Gary Hug
Gary Hug sums up the soon-to-end FAST program and its great accomplishments. But the opportunites and potential projects that await on the Tombaugh are limitless. This is an open challenge by Gary to the imagination and scientific curiosity of the membership. The big scope becomes everyone's baby, now.
Even Solar Sails Need a Mast Patrick L. Barry
February's NASA SpacePlace article. The development of solar sails for transportation within the inner solar system is underway. In this article, Patrick Barry describes the upcoming 2009 Space Shuttle launch of a prototype sail to test technology that may be operational by mid-century.
NEKAAL Christmas Party Photos Photos by Jerry Majers
Photos by Jerry Majers taken at the Christmas Party at the Miller's. These are actually pretty high res. You can take these up to about 225% for viewing, and they remain sharp. Editor's note: The next one will be at my new house, finally!
Early Bird Gets The Worm Dr. Tony Phillips
Using the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), an ultraviolet space telescope, and looking at over 10,000 galactic cores, astronomer Suvi Gazari of Caltech actually caught a black hole in the act of gobbling up a star. NASA's March SpacePlace article.