October - November, 2008, Vol. 2 No. 5
PO BOX 951, Topeka KS 66619
The official newsletter of Farpoint Observatory and the Northeast
Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League
Time For Nekaal Board Nominations
Members, these are your nominating materials and information. Please complete the second page and mail or email the nominations to Secretary Dale Lee by Nov. 5. The actual elections will take place, as always at the December meeting/party/food festival.
Middleweight Black Holes Nearly Ruled Out - Space.com staff
How astronomers figured out that intermediate-mass black holes cannot exist. They are either small, the result of star's collapse, or massive, lying at the heart of galaxies. This originally appeared at Space.com.
The Tallgrass Prairie Public Event - an account Bryant Hertel
Bryant Hertel gives a first hand account of the public astronomy event on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Bryant, along with Gary Hug and Brian Martin provided a rewarding experience for public sky watchers under dark skies on the Tallgrass Prairie...and during the Perseid meteor shower, to boot. Thanks, guys for representing NEKAAL so well.
Partial Rings Discovered Around Saturn Andrea Thompson
From Space.com, Andrea Thompson writes about the two newly discovered partial rings around Saturn, each accompanied by a small moon, that were recently discovered by the Cassini spacecraft. This mission continues to deliver gigantic scientific dividends.
Water Hit With Young Star's Best Shot
From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Spitzer has been able to observe what happens when water is smacked with the jets from a young star. What chemically happens to water at plasma-like temperatures, and what does it tell us about the chemistry that led to life in our own solar system?