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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.

                          July 19  Meeting

Robots in Space IV - Pluto: The New Frontier. Join Iowa State Universities Evan Zerby for the fourth installment of the acclaimed Robots in Space Series. Pluto is the only planet yet to be explored of the solar systems heritage nine. The New Horizons mission to Pluto arrives in July 2015. Next stop, EXIT 9 Pluto!

 

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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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