After an unsuccessful attempt in the fall, about 50 4th grade students along with their parent and Bancroft Elementary school staff, were treated to a night of clear skies. After a short presentation by Brewster LaMacchia on craters, and what we can learn from them and the moons of Jupiter, students headed outside to observe with club members John Hobbs, John Gall, Kandy Rathinasamy, Dick Luecke, Kevin Ackert, David Aucoin, and Bryan Stone.
Guests were treated to views of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, Mizar & Alcor, Pleiades, Eskimo Nebula and thanks to Bryan Stone’s amazing new personal best world record, M81 & M82, which he located with Kevin Ackert’s dob using only the finder in 2 seconds, beating his prior record of 3 seconds. Yes, if you weren’t there you missed this!
It was a great crowd and the younger guests had to be pulled away by the parents. Or maybe it was the other way around.
Afterwards a few of us headed to downtown Andover for a slice of pizza and beverage at Salvatores.