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Points of Light
[The Refractor welcomes items about EAS members in the news, their published articles, their conference presentations, or word of their completed astronomical projects.]

A color image of the globular cluster M5, captured by Joseph Liu with his 8-inch refractor, was featured in the “Small-Scope Sampler” column in the June Sky & Telescope.

John Westfall presented a paper during July’s AstroCon 2000 in Ventura. The topic: “A Preliminary Report on the November 15, 1999 Transit of Mercury.” John will next take the podium at an upcoming meeting (August 22) of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, where he’ll discuss “ALPO and Planetary Observing for Amateurs.”

Yet another EAS member,
Carter Roberts, will speak at the MDAS meeting on September 26th. Carter plans to recite his “Confessions of an Eclipse Watcher.”

Chabot Space & Science Center merits an article in the August issue of Sunset Magazine. The story features a color photo of the Ask Jeeves Planetarium showing mythological images projected on the dome.
Mike Reynolds is quoted: “Educationally, we are building our programs on student interest in astronomy and space exploration. The ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ I hear as visitors look through telescopes at the moon, Saturn, or the Andromeda Galaxy tell me that people are fascinated by their connection to the universe.”

The most recent copy (issue #27) of the quarterly magazine Amateur Astronomy profiles EAS member
Jim Scala in its “Star People” column.

Carl Trost appeared in a photo in the Pleasanton Weekly on June 23. He is shown observing the solstitial Sun crossing the local meridian, as indicated by the sundial-like sculpture adjacent to the Pleasanton Senior Center. Carl also spoke on the topic of sundials and analemmas at the July meeting of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.

The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers’ journal, The Strolling Astronomer, mailed out in June, contains an article by
Mark Gingrich, titled “Illuminated Extent: A Telltale Measure of an Inferior Planet’s Disk”. This is a more technical presentation of Mark’s EAS Members’ Night talk concerning optimal dates for viewing Mercury and Venus.

In that same issue of The Strolling Astronomer,
José Olivarez gives brief synopses of four books: The Deep Sky: An Introduction, by P.S. Harrington; A Sky Watcher’s Year, by J. Kanipe; The Monthly Sky Guide, 5th Edition, by I. Ridpath and W. Tirion; and Meteorites and Their Parent Planets (2nd Edition), by H.Y. McSween, Jr.

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