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The Ames Area Amateur Astronomers is a dynamic organization with activities held year-round. Each month at our meeting we present a guest speaker, with exciting lectures about space and astronomy.

   August 16, 2014 Meeting
In the words of John Holdren, President Obama's science adviser, "is  already well beyond dangerous and is careening toward completely unmanageable."  Furthermore, the destabilization of climate is now believed to be more or less permanent in human timescales. Geophysicist David Archer puts it this way: the climate impacts of releasing fossil fuel CO2 into the atmosphere will last longer than Stonehenge.  Longer than time capsules, longer than nuclear waste, far longer than the age of human civilization so far.  Join us for a lively discussion, as Sam Wormley who recently taught a class on this controversial topic for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) brings us up to speed on the latest thinking on this issue.

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Click here for information on this year's Iowa Star Party.  To see the video from IPTV from last year's,  Click here.

There are two comets that will be visible yet this year - Comet ISON and Comet Lovejoy. Have you seen them?
In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point--Earth.
When the sunspot number is high, so is the chance of flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of M-class flares and a 15% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.
Solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole could reach Earth on Nov. 17-18. Credit: SDO/AIA.
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