Prime Focus

October 1999 Monthly Newsletter

October TVS Highlights

Mercury transit intrigues astronomers worldwide. See TVS Presents, pages 1 and 6.

Have you nominated a club member for a board or committee position? See page 2.

Hidden Hill Observatory open house rescheduled for October 2. Details in Star Parties on page 2.

Dave Sworin ponders the mysteries of P-coatings. Read all about it on page 7.

Junior astronomers at Mission San Jose High School sponsor AstroCon '99 at Hopkins Junior High. Check it out on page 7.

The mottled surface of Mercury combines smooth plains and irregular craters. In this black and white image shot by Mariner 10, Antoniadi Ridge, a feature 450 km (280 miles) long, is evident on the right side of the photo. The crater it transects is approximately 80 km (50 miles) in diameter. (NASA/Calvin J. Hamilton.)

TVS Presents

   TVS is very pleased to offer this evening with John Westfall, the Mercury/Venus transit section coordinator for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO). On November 15 Mercury will appear to cross the face of the Sun, as viewed from Earth. The 1999 transit  (Continued on page 6)

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