The European Space Agency's new orbiting X-ray observatory XMM-Newton captured this false-color image in the Large Magellanic Cloud. At the TVS wesite, you will note a range of assigned false colors in this shot. Low-energy X-rays are translated to red, medium-energy to green, and high- energy to blue. (ESA/XMM-Newton)
March TVS Highlights
2 Star Party Dates are announced for White Mountain and Glacier Pt.
Bay Area amateur astronomer (and AANC president) Jane Houston Jones was one of six lucky amateur astronomers from around the world selected to fly on the NASA Leonid MAC Mission (with 40 scientists, 30 Air Force crew, and 10 reporters) in November 1999. Jane will describe her once-in-a- lifetime adventure at the general meeting on March 17. She promises to show an official NASA video of the mission, and some of the actual video taken at the peak of the storm. Jane will bring star charts so that club members can count meteors from the tapes and contribute to the research effort.