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Sunshine Coast Community Foundation Grant Successful!


Thanks to Mike Bradley’s hard work our application for a grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation has been approved! We’re getting a grant of $3,600 to pay for a camera system and video screen for our observatory. Mike and I will be attending a ceremony on the 15th of June to pick up the cheque from the SCCF.

Theophilus Crater

Thoephilus waxing crescent by mike 23 may 2015

Our past president, Mike Bradley, got this picture of Theophilus crater during the waxing Crescent Moon (30%) from Roberts Creek, 23rd May, 2015 (Megrez 120mm, DSLR, stack of 100 images, Registax 6.0). Theophilus crater was named after the Greek astronomer who was the Bishop of Alexandria from 385 AD. This is a large crater at the edge of Mare Nectaris, 100km diameter. The terminator line was close by at the time, running along the Rupes Altai creating interesting vistas. The crater is located about 400 km south of the Apollo 11 landing site. Mike wanted to share this as our upcoming speaker on 12 June is Ted Stroman, who will be talking about Lunar Geography.

New Horizons Update


Hi Starchasers,

As ‘New Horizon’s’ nears Pluto – here are some links to ‘The First Mission to The Last Planet’. My favourite observations on The ‘New Horizon’s’ mission are these:

When the mission lifted off in 2006 Pluto was still considered a Planet.

Pluto was named by a 15 year old school girl named Venetia.

Clyde Tombaugh’s (the discoverer of Pluto) ashes are onboard the probe (I’m not making this up).

When the mission lifted off in 2006, Pluto had one known moon, Charon.  As of today, it has five moons.

Here are the links:

Clear Skies,

James MacWilliam

RASC – Sunshine Coast Centre