~ Meetings ~


The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society meets
the second Wednesday of the month, September through June. 
 
Fels Planetarium

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Our next meeting is
Wednesday ~ December 10, 2014
Call to Order 7:15 PM

Meeting is open to the public, students are encouraged to attend

Business Dinner precedes meeting at
Little John's Pizza-  5:30 PM on the corner of Race and 21st.  
All members welcome to attend. Guest speaker is also invited to attend.

  Enter the Institute on 20th street through the Business Entrance that is to the right of the main entrance stairs when facing the museum.
 

5:30

Business Dinner

 ~ All members invited, Little Johns Pizza next to museum
 

7:15

Welcome

 ~Call to Order

7:20

Planet Report

 ~What to look for in the night sky for the next few weeks.

7:25

Astronomical Lesson
How the Universe Works

~General astronomy topics of interest to the beginner or professional

7:50

President's Message

~Acting President Ted Williams; V. Pres.

8:00

Spaced Out

~Musical Segment

8:02

 Break

~ House lights up / brief intermission

8:10

RAS ACTIVITIES

~Activities and Announcements

8:15

Guest Presenter

~Astronomical Topic of current Interest


9:00


Observatory Viewing
(Weather Permitting)
Observatory Mixer


Q and A with Speaker
In Observatory

 ~ Look through telescopes on rooftop observatory as Rittenhouse members give guided tours of stars,  Jupiter's moons, the rings of Saturn, & craters on our moon.   
 ~ Members attending designated to  lead individual discussions. All questions and recent observations are shared and welcomed.

9:00

(Poor weather alternative)
Q and A mixer
Bring your Astronomical
Questions!

Q and A with Speaker
In Meeting Room

 ~ Members-at-Large attending designated to lead individual discussions.   All questions and  recent observations are shared and welcomed.

This meeting is open to the public and hosted by Rittenhouse Astronomical Society members.  Franklin Institute members are always invited to attend. 
Guests are welcome to attend along with the general public. 
Students are encouraged to attend.

If you know of an interesting guest speaker,
have an idea or suggestion for a future meeting,
contact Alan Daroff or  Ted Williams.

 

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DATE

Astronomy
LESSON

 SPEAKER
TOPIC

SPEAKER


September 10
2014

Surfing the Milky Way
Deep Sky Sights
around the Core of the Galaxy

A New Vision
Virtual Universe
The Grand Tour

Dr. Carter Emmart
American Museum of Natural History
Rose Science Center's
Hayden Planetarium

October 8
2014

Astronomical Monstrosities

Astrophotographer's
Guide to the Deep Sky

Jerry Lodriguss
Willingboro
Astronomical Society

November 12
2014

Easy to spot
Current Deep Space Objects
Ted Williams

Holiday Gift Ideas

Members To Present
Alan, Al, Denise, Ted W., Ted C.,
 Mike, Eric, Renee, Dave, Mitch

December 10,
2014

Spotting Celestial Sights
 from an Earth in motion
Daily, Annual, and Planetary Motion


"Did Einstein
and Schrodinger Discover Dark Energy?"
 

Dr. Paul Halpern
University of the Sciences

January 14
2015

  Mars Insight
Lander Mission

Patrick McQuillan
Education and Public Outreach Specialist
IRIS
 
February 11
2015
  "Astronomy in the Era
of Large Surveys"
John Bochanski
Assistant Professor of Physics,
Rider University
 
March 11
2015
 
Astro 101~The Basics
Binoculars
Small Telescope
Dobsonian Light Bucket
What can you expect to see?
 
Rittenhouse
All Star Presenters
 
April 8
2015
  Philadelphia Science Festival
Thirty Meter Telescope
Dr. Derrick Pitts
Chief Astronomer
The Franklin Institute
May 13
2015
  Gustav Holst
The Planets
Ed McCaffrey
Music Director
Methacton School District
June 10
2015
  Members are asked to submit ideas for 10-15 minute presentations
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OPEN HOUSE
RAS Member Presentations
####### ADJOURN FOR SUMMER SUMMER BREAK #########
July 8
2015
No Presentations Members welcome to attend
Governors and
Members-at- Large gather to chart the course for the upcoming 2015-16
Academic Year
RAS BUSINESS MEETING

 

 

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Rittenhouse Record (Details) 2013 / 2014

DATE

Astronomy
LESSON

 SPEAKER
TOPIC

SPEAKER

 

September 11
 201
3

 

What-Cha Gazin At?
Members share favorite
summer sky sights

Take it to The Next Level

Rittenhouse Members
review upcoming activities for
the academic year.

October 9
2013
The Grand Illusion
Celestial Motions:
Apparent and Real:
Ted Williams
Sky Pictures
Wayne King
Joe Stieber
S.J. Astro.org

 

 

November 13,
201
3

 

 The Great Square:
 
Ted Williams
Comets 4 Record:
 Joe Stieber
Tracking ISON:
Shawn Rush

Cherry Springs:

Dan McCormick

Sky is Falling: Dave Walker

 Sixty Years of Watching Science on Television

Professor
William
Luzader

Astronomy Curmudgeon

 

December 11
201
3

 

Solstice Stars
Past, and Present
Denise Vacca

Curiosity, MAVEN and the Search for Life on Mars

 Dr. Ken Kremer
Universe Today

January 8
2014

This is Rocket Science
Dave Walker

Celestial Polar Express
Come Explore the:
Celestial Poles
Ecliptic Poles
Galactic Poles

 

Ted Williams
NASA
Solar System Ambassador

 

 
February 12
2014
 

 Lunar Love
Denise Vacca

 Astronomy Education  in the Digital Planetarium Age
The Spitz Fulldome Curriculum

Dr. David Bradstreet
Eastern University

 February 26
2014
 

 
Winter Business Meeting
Board of Governors, Members-at-Large, Members welcome,
no presentation or speaker
Business Agenda open for submissions
 


March 12
2014
 

 Goodbye Stars of Winter
Hello Spring Skies

 Navigating the Solar System

 Dr. Andrew Johnston
Smithsonian Aerospace
Museum


 April 9
2014
 

Observing Jupiter
Ted Williams

 Philadelphia Science Festival-
City Wide Telescope Night

Dr. Derrick Pitts
The Franklin Institute

 
May 14
2014
 

Memories:
Tribute to
Dr. Milton Friedman

 Music:
The Seasons

Martin Knoblauch

 June 11
2014

 
Open House
 Public Welcome ~ Members will share their Astronomical Interests

Planet Report ~ Denise Vacca
This is Rocket Science ~ Dave Walker
Report from Cherry Springs ~ Denise Vacca
Field of View ~Ted Williams
Celestial Soundscapes / Expectations Vs. Reality ~ Dan McCormick
Cosmology - A New Group Coalesces ~ Kyle Nemeth

 

   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Summer Break ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 

 

 

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Rittenhouse Record (Details) 2012 / 2013

DATE

Astronomy
LESSON

 SPEAKER
TOPIC

SPEAKER

September 12
 2012

Constellations that
Never Set
Requirement for
Girl Scout
Astronomy Badge


Girl Scout Centennial
Juliette Gordon Low
(
Founder of Girl Scouts in USA)
as portrayed by
M. Labosh

 

Special Guest
Carolyn Hershel
(Comet Hunter)
as portrayed by K. Lynn King

October 10
2012

Maya Constellations

Is it the End of Time?
Maya: Culture and Calendar


 Simon Martin
Associate Curator of the American Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
 

November 14
2012

Zodiacal Constellations
 

Take Two Pills and Call me if Mars has Entered Libra

Medicine/Astronomy/
Astrology


Annie Brogan
Librarian ~ Mutter Museum

Dr. Robert Hicks
Celestial Navigator / Author / Director
Mutter Museum
 

December 12
 2012


Winter Sky Sights
visible from Philadelphia

Box of Stuff
Holiday Social
 


Edge of the Universe
 


Dr. Paul Halpern
Prof. of Physics, University of the Sciences
 

 

Special Date:
January 3
2013

 

Greatest Asterisms
Of the Year

GREATEST HITS:
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY

Dr. Robert Nemiroff
Astronomy Picture of the Day
 

February 13
2013

Greatest Love Stories Ever Told
D. Vacca
D. Walker
T.Williams
D. McCormick (soundscape)

A  Quasar Erupts in Warminster /
21st Century Learning Lab opens


Philip Vinogradov
Director 21st Learning Lab
Centennial School District
 

February 27
2013


Winter Business Meeting:  Not open to the Public
Franklin Institute,  Information posted on Members Network
Rittenhouse.ning.com
 

March 13
2013

Stars Over
City-Wide Telescope Night
T. Williams

Exoplanet
Habitability


Dr. David Spiegel
Institute of Advanced Studies
Princeton NJ
 

April 10
2013

Assisting at a Telescope
How you can help at
City Wide Telescope Night
Ted Williams

Philadelphia Science Festival


Dr. Derrick Pitts
Chief Astronomer Franklin Institute
All astronomy clubs and
organizations invited
 

May 8
2013

City Wide Telescope Report
Carnival on the Parkway Report
Go Sky Watch Application


David Rittenhouse: The Astronomer who Helped Save Philadelphia
 


Dr. Milt Friedman
President
 

June 12
2013


OPEN HOUSE
Members share with all attending their astronomical interests and passions.
RAS Members Presentations

7:15- Welcome
7:20- Alan Daroff -
Sky Report
7:30- Denise Vacca Stars on the Move /
Southern Stars
7:40 Chris Richardson -
Molecular Biology / Southern Stars
7:50- Shawn Rush -
RAS YouTube Iniative
8:00- Milt Friedman:
Presidents Address
8:10- Ted Williams
/ I-pads
8:20- Dan McCormick -
Celestial Soundscapes
8:40-
Dr. Ken Kremer- Universe Today "Send Your Name to Mars" &
         "LADEE Lunar and Antares ISS Rocket Launch from Virginia"
 

 

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Summer Break ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

July 10
2013

 

RAS Business Meeting
Governors and Members-at-Large
Members Welcome
No guest speakers, no astronomy lesson, just business
 

If you know of an interesting guest speaker, have an idea or suggestion for a future meeting,
contact Alan Daroff or 
Ted Williams.

 

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Rittenhouse Record (Details) 2011 / 2012

DATE

Astronomy
LESSON

 SPEAKER
TOPIC

SPEAKER


September 14,
2011
 

Welcome to Rittenhouse /
Last of the Summer Stars?

Planetaria and their Effect on
Modern Culture

Laura Misajet
Zeiss Planetaria


October 12,
2011
 


Astronomy APPS
How to use Astronomy Apps
to observe the night sky:

Astrolabe
Planisphere
Living Earth
Messier List
SkyWeek
 

Starpiles in Clusters of Galaxies

Dr. Mitch Struble
University of Penn


November 9
2011
 


Sights along the Milky Way
Members point out and demonstrate ways to find their favorite deep sky sites along the Milky Way
 

Detecting ExoPlanets


Dr. Hanno Rein
Institute of Advanced Studies
 


December 14,
2011
 

Solstice!
Path of the Gods
New Exoplanets

Sounds of the Universe


Charles Zarcone
Delaware Valley Astronomical
Society

 


January  11,
2012
 


Visible Planets
Astronomy Apps
Jupiter Atlas
Venus Globe
Mars Globe
 

8 Years of Mars Rovers
 Search for Life
(Mars and Vesta in 3 D)


Dr. Ken Kremer
Universe Today
Space Flight Magazine Correspondent
NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador
 


February 8,
2012

7:30: Winter Stars
Binocular and
Small Telescope Sights
 

Voyage to Jamestown


Dr. Robert Hicks
Celestial Navigator
Author
Director of the Mutter Museum
 

March 14,
2012

 


Community night to tour Franklin Institute
Starts 5:00 pm.
 

 

Johnsville Centrifuge
and Science Museum
Past, Present and Future

 

Mike Maguire
Johnsville Centrifuge
and Science Museum

 

April 11,
2012
 

Sky Safari
 


Astronomy
and the early
Land Surveyors

 


Jonathan Tabas
Professional
Land Surveyor

8:05 PM
 

May 9,
2012 

Some Very Special People
President's Address
Dr. Milt Friedman
 


Music of the Spheres
The Resonance of Art With Science
Chestnut Hill Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Martin Knoblauch
 

June 13
2012


Open House
Members Presentations:

7:15  Welcome
7:20  Alan Daroff - What to look for
7:30-7:45  Chris Richardson - Searching for Exo's
 7:45-7:55   Mike Tran Duong - String Theory
7:55-8:10 Shaun Rush - Rocket to the Mun
8:10-8:20  President's Address-Dr. Milt Friedman
8:20-8:45: Dr. Ken Kremer - Vesta & Curiosity Mars rover landing preview
 
8:45-9:00 Denise Vacca - Southern Sights
9:00 - Observatory Weather Permitting
 
 

Summer Break // Business Meeting July 11, 2012

 

 

                    PAST                  
Meeting Schedule 2010 / 2011

Rittenhouse Record (Details) 2010 / 2011

DATE Astronomy
LESSON
Feature
TOPIC
SPEAKER
October 13,
2010
Welcome to Rittenhouse /
Planispheres-
Paper vs. Software

"
The Space Shuttle, The Space Station and What's Beyond for NASA
"
Focus on Orion & Falcon 9

Dr. Ken Kremer
NASA / JPL
Solar System Ambassador
 
November 10,
2010
Members Networking Site
 / Autumnal Skie
s

Planetarium Evolution
Spitz Planetaria and their role in public education
 
Joyce Towne
Spitz Inc.

December 8,
2010
 
Stars of Winter
Stars of Color
 
Dark Side of the Universe
Users Guide to the Universe
io9.com - Ask a Physicist

Dr. Dave Goldberg
Associate Professor
Drexel University Department of Physics

 

January 5,
2011
 

RAS members
share
their favorite night sky sights

Robert Nemiroff
Astronomy Picture of the Day:
Creator, Lead Writer, Editor
Best Space Pictures of 2010
Major review of Astronomy developments in 2010
 

February 2,
2011


 

March 9,
2011

Exoplanet Application
Developer, Author
Hanno Rein 
 
Astronomy Education Today
Dr. Bill Metz
Author
Inquiry By Design
 

April 13,
2011

 

North Galactic
Pole
Prescription for Space
Medical Implications of
Space  Travel
Dr. Milton Friedman
RAS President

May 11,
2011
Looking over the Galactic Core History of Space Travel
Dave Walker
Franklin Institute
Fels Planetarium
 
June 8,
2011

 


Multiple Topics for our Year end WRAP-UP

Open House - Members Present:

Venus Transit / Preparing for the optimum view
 -Drew Maser
Sky Tonight
-Alan Daroff
Weekly Challenge Review 
-Ted Williams
Google Astronomy KLH layers 
-Mike Mountjoy
Hubble Review 
-Brian Paton
Mars Rover Review  -Dr. Ken Kremer
Fly Me to the Moon -Shawn Rush
Understanding R.A. and Dec. -Luke Brown
Most Amazing Vehicle Ever Built -Denise Vecca
Observatory - Weather Permitting, -Dr. Carol Ludolph / Dave Walker
 

 

 

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Rittenhouse Record (Details) 2009 / 2010

 

DATE Astronomy
LESSON
Feature
TOPIC
SPEAKER
September 9,
2009
Welcome to Rittenhouse
RAS Secretary
Fixing Hubble:
Eyewitness to Shuttle Atlantis Launch

Dr.Ken Kremer
NASA Solar System Ambassador / RAS Member-At-Large
 
October 14,
2009
All presentations tonight can be considered Lessons
Members Night

1- LRO and LCROSS Post Impact Update
2-Scanning the Sky
 SETI at home
3-Sky Tonight
4- Educational Outreach
5- Planisphere
 

RAS Members
1- Ken Kremer

2- Mike Mountjoy

3- Alan Daroff  
4- Ruth List
5- Ted Williams
 
November 11,
2009

The Inverse Square Law and Astronomy
Frank Bellomo
RAS Member
 
Beginning Astrophotography
with a Digital SLR
Jerry Lodriguss
Catching the Light
Willingboro Astronomical Society

December 2,
2009
 
International Space Station,
The Future of Human Space Flight
Commander Chris Ferguson
NASA Astronaut/Pilot

January 13,
2010
 

Bright Winter Stars
Over Philadelphia
(Winter Hexagon, Color Wheel)
 
International Year of Astronomy
Looking Back,
Looking Forward
Derrick Pitts
Franklin Institute
February 10,
2010

Snowed Out

 
March 10,
2010
Psychological Archeology
Humanizing the Universe
(Planetarium presentation)
 Astronomical Web Resources
 

 Terry Underkoffler
 Instructional Technology Specialist
 
April 14,
2010
"Selected Sights"
Astronomical objects highlighted in recent RAS newsletters on display
Ivin Williams
Ted Williams
Project ASTRO  

Dr. Karen Vanlandingham
West Chester University

 

May 12,
2010
NASA Classroom Project
Rittenhouse Educators

A Research-Based Approach to Teaching
and Learning Astronomy in the
Planetarium
 
  Dr. Julia Plummer
  Arcadia University 
 Coordinator of Science Education
June 9,
2010

Multiple Topics for our Year end WRAP-UP

Meeting Open to the Public
Lagrangian Points
 -Frank Bellomo-
Summer Milky Way 
-Ted Williams-
Armand Spitz 
-Dr. Milt Friedman-
 Sky Tonight, and near future
 -Alan Daroff-
Eyewitness Highlights from Last flight of Shuttle Atlantis
 -Dr. Ken Kremer-
New Electricity Exhibit
-Mike Mountjoy-
Observatory -
Weather Permitting, -Dr. Carol Ludolph / Dave Walker-
 

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2006-2007
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