Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting June 3, 2017

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting June 3, 2017

President Deneen called the June Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:39 PM.  There were 3 board members present and 4 club members. There were 2 guests, Mark Hildreth and John Boudreau. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

Secretary:

Minutes of the May business meeting were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer:

Treasurer Sampson is still working on getting the books transferred from the outgoing treasurer Kevin Ackert.  Once the books are transferred the treasurer will transfer the accounts to a new bank.

Membership:

There are currently 103 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:

No Report.

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich reported that the observatory was open on May 8th with 20 guests. Monday May 8 will be the observatory’s last opening until school resumes in the fall.

Star Party Committee:

Tuesday May 30 at the Brookdale Farm in Epping NH.was clouded out, but Brewster and Dan Smoody entertained 6 guests.

Upcoming star parties:

June 7th at Harold Parker State Park

June 13th Newburyport Charter School at Salisbury Beach State Park

Telescope Clinic:

No report

Old Business:

The club still would like to find other volunteers to do star party presentations. If anyone is interested please contact Brewster LaMacchia. We are also looking for any members who would like to assist at Merrimack College Observatory.

Secretary Hobbs has received the permit for use of Dark Park. Contact him if you need a copy.

New Business:

A motion was made and seconded to approve the purchase of a refurbished digital projector $370 to replace the aging one that has been having troubles.  The projector comes with a 10,000 hour lamp.  Motioned passed.

Entertainment:

Entertainment for the evening featured Dr. Mario Motta with a presentation on an investigation of a white dwarf star (WD1145+017) in Virgo that is orbited by the remains of a disintegrating small planet or asteroid.

This is the star that was thought by some to have an alien mega structure around it, because of its very strange patterns of dimming and brightening. The truth is almost as interesting as aliens would have been; the star seems to be tearing apart a small planet, leaving multiple small planetesimals and cometary trails in its wake.

Dr. Motta has been following and charting this process, and shared the process and the results with us.

Meeting adjourned 9:31 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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