We had a wonderful turnout (around 30 people total) for our first ever Full Moon Meetup, open to our paid subscribers. We were joined by Fr. Paul Gabor, the vice-director for Tucson, who told us about the reopening of the VATT and the research going on there, including a lively discussion about exoplanets and Kuiper Belt Objects.
We plan on holding these MoonUps every Full Moon (as seen from Tucson). This allows us to remember our calendar’s roots, where the “month” is just a shortened form of a “moon-th”, while also letting the day of the meetup circulate through the week. That means our next Meet Up will be on Saturday, July 4, 10am Tucson Time/1pm EDT. Tune in for fireworks!
Meanwhile, our 2019 Annual Report is now in the mail. This publication is sent to all of our donors, describing what we were able to accomplish in 2019. Which, I confess, feels like about a decade ago. And it gives us a place to honor those who have contributed in a special way to keep us doing astronomy and showing the world God’s wonderful creation. In a week or so we hope to have a copy of this online as well.
Which reminds me; our stats: As of today, we have 170 paid subscribers (only two new subscribers since the last diary, but one of them is at the top “Andromeda” level—thanks and welcome!) and 10,244 people (nearly a hundred since last month!) who get notified of new postings. Please tell more people about our site. And if you can, please subscribe at a rate of $10 a month (about the cost of a movie ticket — remember movie tickets?) or $100 per year. And tell your friends about the site!
Meanwhile, we’ve reached the $66,000 donor level for our George Coyne Memorial Fund. This is two thirds of the way to the first milestone, where we will have enough donated to allow us to publish a memorial book of his writings and the reflections of those who contributed. There are a number of moving memorials that have been posted there recently, including passages from his friends in China, Germany, and India. Be sure to take a look!
And now, for subscribers only, a little bit of in depth as to what we’ve been up to here at the Foundation, including a discussion of astronomy and race, and my own sometimes uncomfortable role choosing names for features on Mars...
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