Meeting Leader: Beth Chato, President
Pledge of Allegiance
Lead by: Beth Chato
Invocation: Dave Wilson
Songs: Lead by Tom Gordon with JoAnn Smith at the piano.
Songs: “Yankee Doodle”, “Happy Birthday”, “The Air Force Song”, “Anchors Aweigh”, “Field Artillery Song”, “Marines Hymn”, and “The Best Things in Live Are Free”
Guests: Shirley Gordon
John Hummel still needs Bell Ringers for Nov. 26 and Dec. 10. If you can only do it for an hour, he can work with it.
Fall Conference in Normal is on Dec. 3. Several are going, register if you are interested on the Lincolnland site.
Dick Underwood amused the crowd with a funny story.
Fred Holhubner read a thank you card sent from the parents of our October Student of the Month, Corey Arnold.
Judy Hummel reminded us that the reservations are due on Dec. 8 for the Holiday Party at the Urbana Country Club.
Joys and Sorrows:
Read by Judy Hummel
$1 for 3 Miracles: Cubs won the World Series, Illinois beat Michigan State in football, and Donald Trump won the election – Great.
Wayne Weidner- Trump has been voted in – and the sun still rises!
Tom Gordon – Joy of Dave Leake as our speaker and wife Shirley as guest.
Dick Underwood $1 to welcome spring! Crab Apple Trees are blooming.
John Hummel - $1 for an uneventful trip to Maryland.
Nancy Hesselmann – Thank you Veterans for all you have given for our freedom!!
Beth Chato – Joy of having Dave Leake as our speaker today.
Ralph Lengenhorn – Base- ball is what we were, Football is what we are.
Ron Wilcox – Joy to have Dave Leake here today.
Judy Hummel - $ for the beautiful Fall Days.
Birthdays: Belated Birthday to Gary Jackson.
Today's Program: Ron Wilcox gave us information on the upcoming programs and introduced the speaker of the day, Dave Leake.
Dave has been with Parkland for 27 years with the last 16 as director of the William Staerkel Planetarium. He received his Bachelors and his Master’s in Education degrees from the University of Illinois. He teaches astronomy and physics at Parkland. He is co-founder of the local CU Astronomical Society. Dave was awarded NASA “Solar System Ambassador” status. He is married, has two grown children and is a very happy Cubs fan this year.
Mr. Leake began by telling us that this is Parkland College’s 50th year and the Planetarium’s 30th year.
The William Staerkel Planetarium is one of 37 major planetaria in the United States and is the second largest in Illinois.
He mentioned that on November 14, there will be “Super moon”, then told us that that is a made up term. It is a term coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, in 1979. A Super moon is actually a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closes point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
He spoke about the CU Astronomical Society. It began at the Champaign Park District in 1986. There was an observatory built southwest of town in 1992. There are currently 46 members in the society. They are building a new observatory.
Planets that are brightest currently are Venus, Mars, and Saturn. They can be seen in the Southwest. Venus is the brightest right now. He spoke about Planet Nine which is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, the gravitational effects of which would explain the improbable orbital configuration of a group of trans-Netpunian objects that orbit mostly beyond the Kuiper belt. – They are still looking for it. Below is an artist rending of what it might look like.
On November 17, before sunrise, you will be able to observe the Leonid Meteor Shower. There will be a Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, 93% of the son will be blocked out about 1:00 pm. Most visible in the southeastern part of the state.
Dark Sky Project is an ongoing endeavor to find solutions to the light pollution and preserve night sky viewing. Looking at possibly Middle Fork Forest Preserve. Go to www.darksky.org for more information.