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Summer of Ice Worlds

The next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 at Lake Hills Library, at the corner of 156th SE and Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue.
NASA's Ambassador to the Solar System, Dr. Ron Hobbs, a member of EAS, will present an overview along with the latest updates on Pluto, Ceres, and Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We are truly lucky to have this opportunity. New Horizons spacecraft, one of the most advanced ever built, flew by Pluto to take the first detailed images of the dwarf planet. After 9 years and 3 billion miles we finally got wonderful close ups of the icy world. There's still much to learn about Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, being checked out by Dawn spacecraft. Those white spots have had their close-up but remain open to speculation. The comet 67P has surprised and shocked the world, because it turns out we knew far less about comets than we thought.

The drawing will be for The Practical Skywatcher's Handbook by Robert Burnham, Alan Dyer, Robert Garfinkle, Martin George, Jeff Kanipe, and David H. Levy. There will be refreshments. The following meeting will be on October 21.
| 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 |