Founded in 1958, the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers' (SBVAA) goals have been to organize amateur astronomers in the San Bernardino Valley area, increase their knowledge and excitement in astronomy and spread that knowledge to the community. Members of the SBVAA have the opportunity to attend regular club meetings, local and distant star parties, guest speakers' presentations and other special events.

Club's New Home

Just got back from a meeting this morning with the head of “The Grove School” in Redlands. They are very excited about having us meet there and doing viewing events. We don’t have to pay anything and a volunteer will open and close the building for us. To accommodate them, I changed our meeting time to 6:00 pm, so our pre-meeting dinner will be moved up to 4:30.

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Club Meeting Update

It looks like the club has found a new location, The Grove School in Redlands, but we haven’t got the details ironed out yet.  In fact, Chris got an email  on Monday (9/9) from our friend out at The Wildlands Conservancy that the school wanted us (she knows the principal).  Since the Sept. meeting is only a week and a half off, we won’t be scrambling to make that date, will try to do so next month.  However, we’ll still plan on having the dinner at Sizzler from 5:00 to 7:00, no matter what.

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Partner News

A Glorious Gravitational Lens
 
In 1979, two identical-looking quasars were discovered. Later dubbed the Twin Quasar (QSO 0957+561), scientists quickly realized that both objects were, in reality, the same quasar. This discovery resulted in the confirmation of gravitational lenses—something first proposed in 1937. The light traveling from this quasar is actually bent and split by the gravity of a massive galaxy in the foreground, making us see double. Learn about how this incredible phenomenon can actually be used to peer deep into the distant universe and how you might be able to observe a gravitational lens on your own. It's all in this month's column! [PDF]
Abel 2218—a gravitationally-lensed
cluster of galaxies that is a great
target for deep-sky astrophotograhy.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and Johan
Richard (Caltech). Acknowledgement:
Davide de Martin & James Long
(ESA/Hubble).

 

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