Jan. 16, 2015
Turned on all the planetarium equipment this morning, the first time in 10 months or so. Everything lit up flawlessly. Yay!
They're getting close to completing the construction. Watch for more announcements soon
October 30, 2014
SCC Astronomy professor, Morrie Barembaum captured this photo with a handheld iPhone, 8" Dobsonian, and 17 mm eyepiece with a neutral density solar filter.
Yesterday, we viewed the awesome solar eclipse using
solar eclipse filters. Even without magnification, students and staff
members around the campus were able to spot a giant sunspot on the surface of the Sun. The sunspot
was, in actuality, about the size of Jupiter. Astronomy Picture of the
Day posted an excellent photo of the sunspot today:
October 22, 2014
Watch a live streaming of this Thursday's (Oct. 23) partial solar eclipse, between 2 p.m. and 4;45 p.m. Live streaming provided by the Griffith Observatory.
For those of you on campus tomorrow afternoon, astronomy instructor Timo Budarz posted this email about the eclipse:
Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday),
there will be a partial solar eclipse. Just under 50% of the sun’s disk
will be blocked by the moon in the sky. It will not be visible to the
naked eye. All you might notice is that the sky might be clear and yet it
will be dim like at dusk or dawn. To actually see the sun being blocked
out (reminiscent of a crescent moon in shape), you have options:
1. Come by my lab (R-328) and I will have a modified
pinhole camera set up.
2. You can go use a welding mask to view it. Only the
darkest of welding lenses are safe. I spoke with George Moreno of our
welding department, and he will be happy to allow people to use a mask to view
3. Look under almost any tree on campus during the event and
you will see very many crescent images of the sun projected onto the pavement.
At any other time when there is no eclipse going on, we simply see circles
which are images of the sun’s full disk. These are related to pinhole
optics and are generally called sun balls.
4. Use a telescope with a special solar filter. Do not
attempt this without the filter! I don’t have one of these right now.
The eclipse begins at 2:08pm,
and ends at 4:39pm. The peak (maximal coverage) will be at 3:28pm.
Feel free to stop by the physics lab (R-328) or go see George in K-101.
Keep in mind that there won’t be much going on just after 2:08 or just before
4:39. Maybe shoot for 3-4pm.
4View from above of the new column structure,
plus the roof improvement and bathroom construction continues. Second photo
is a view of the front of the building. Serious progress has been made.
The planetarium construction site is awash with activity....bathroom walls are almost up, roof reconstruction is well under way and colonnade structure beams are sprouting up around the building.
August 7, 2014
The pace of construction has picked up. Termite damage is being repaired, pipes have been laid, concrete has been poured for the base of columns for the new promenade (see illustration above), the a/c is getting an overhaul, and the bathroom is taking shape (see below).