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Bellevue, WA 98008-7482

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Seeing in the Dark

The next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Lake Hills Library at the corner of 156th SE and Lake Hills Boulevard. Access is by using the new elevator in the tower on the southern side.

The documentary Seeing in the Dark takes place in the course of one night at Rocky Hill Observatory starting before sunset, ending at dawn. Ferris speaks of the joys of stargazing from when he was age 12 to 17 years with his son playing him. The film outlines experiences with stargazing till now as he observes with the Key Biscayne Astronomical Assoc. Ferris is an award-winning film maker, journalist and best-selling author. Besides the book Seeing in the Dark Ferris wrote Coming of Age in the Milky Way, The Red Limit, The Mind's Sky, The Universe and I, & The Whole Shebang.

He has great friends. Mark Knofler provided the music. Astrophysicist Debra Fischer, and Stephen O'Meara who writes for Astronomy magazine, stargaze with him. Ferris also helped his friend Carl Sagan produce the golden records, "Murmurs of Earth," that were launched aboard Voyager spacecraft 1 and 2, that are now on their way to the nearest stars.

The book drawing will be for The Backyard Astronomer by Terence Dickinson. There'll be cake.

We take July and August off, so the next meeting will be in late September, most likely at Lake Hills Library.
| Lake Hills Library Directions |

Seattle Astronomy Blog:
Greg Scheiderer writes a very informative blog site about local Astronomy events and happenings in the Seattle area. He is also an EAS member. He can almost always be found at the Museum of Flight events and lectures taking notes and asking questions. So be sure to add his blog to your Astronomy reading list. Like most blog sites, you can even set up an RSS feed to keep up on the latest entries.

He also has started a calender on the site, and he'll have a lot of good info about just about everything astronomy related on that. All local clubs, museums, and star parties.

| Seattle Astronomy |
| Astronomy Calender |

Don't forget our blog site! Remember, EAS does have a blog site with a lot of the latest space, astronomy, some aviation, and whatever else looks good to share. President Tom Gwilym writes the blog and usually has a new entry or two every week, depending on what is going on that looks interesting. The blog is very easy to update, so there is more new goodies to read there than on the main EAS site (this one you are looking at) so make sure to check that out now and then or you can even set up an RSS feed when something new is posted.
| Eastside Astro-Blog |

Looking down rather than up: Seems that this summer hasn't been good for viewing the sky, and this fall has been pretty challenging also for that matter.
Sometimes it's fun to look the other direction and look down at the Earth. There is a site that shows very high resolution images of the Earth and your home area should be updated once a day. The MODIS satellite images the entire country each day, so on a good day you can look down and see your city. On a bad day, you can look down and see the tops of the clouds that delivered the rain and hid the night sky. The images from this site are really fantastic, and you can download them in different resolutions.
Give it a try.

| Daily view showing the Seattle area |