Enthusiasm for observational astronomy, curiosity about cosmology, achievements with CCD imaging and technology. These and all other aspects of astronomy are interests shared by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The club is based in Princeton, (Mercer County) New Jersey.
This organization of 100 + promotes astronomy-related activities for members and non-members, novice to expert. A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.
Come explore our web site. Here you'll find details about our organization's meetings, discussion topics, members and their scopes, and a lot more. Our organization maintains two observatories: the larger in Washington Crossing State Park (housing a research-grade 355mm Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptric and historic 159mm Hastings-Byrne refractor). A second facility is found at Jenny Jump State Park in northwestern New Jersey. This houses a 318mm custom-built Newtonian reflector.
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|Tuesday - March 11, 2014 --- 8:00 PM
Ted Blank of the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA)
On March 20, 2014 at approximately 2:06 a.m. EDT the shadow of 163 Erigone cast by Regulus will race across the New York metropolitan area on its way to Ontario. If skies are clear, observers within the shadows path will see Regulus disappear for up to 14 seconds. Never before will so many people have the opportunity to witness an asteroid occultation of a star with their naked eyes.
Ted Blank of the International Occultation Timing Association will present Chasing Shadows for Planetary Science at AAAP’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Ted will not only tell us how and where to observe the occultation; he will tell us how we can contribute to science by timing the event with any camera able to record video. Princeton is a short drive outside the shadow path so amateur astronomers could discover moons of 163 Erigone by timing the event from New Jersey. As usual, the lecture will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Peyton Hall, 4 Ivy Lane, Princeton followed by a business meeting.
Ted Blank is a member of the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA), a group of professional and amateur astronomers collaborating to promote scientific research by recording and analyzing the occultations of stars by asteroids and the Moon. He is the current President of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society and is in his fourth year as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. He enjoys Sidewalk Astronomy and public outreach, chasing the shadows of asteroids and observing from dark places with friends.
|September 2013 through June 2014 Monthly Meeting Season (at Peyton Hall)|
Peyton Hall (right) is the location of the 2013 - 2014 AAAP monthly meetings. The building is home to the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and is located just east of Washington Road, adjacent to Palmer Stadium, on the Princeton University campus. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month and begin promptly at 8:00 PM in the lecture hall (first floor) of Peyton.
Meetings start with brief announcements of general interest, followed by a guest speaker presentation. After the guest speaker, the general meeting commences, reviewing current and future club activities, astronomy news, and public outreach projects. Regular attendees of the lectures are encouraged to become paid members to support these popular speaking events. Please email the AAAP for additional details.
Princeton University students also host a telescope open house at Peyton Hall concurrent to the end of our meeting. If the sky is clear, stop up to glimpse the universe.
The Simpson Observatory Public Open House schedule has ended, for the 2013 season.. Our thanks to all the guests who visited use during this observing year.
Public nights will resume April 4th, 2014. The facility is located in Washington Crossing State Park, a few miles outside Pennington, NJ.
Guests are shown a myriad of astronomical wonders including planets, The Moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and much more. Learn the seasonal constellations and how to identify them. AAAP astronomers operate a 6.25" Hastings Byrne refractor and a research-grade Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain on a Bisque Paramount ME mount. AAAP members often set up additional equipment adjacent to the observatory. Visitors are welcome to bring telescopes.
For directions, and further details, please visit the observatory page.