2013 AAA Spring Star Fest- A Bronx Triumph by Evan Schneider
Many AAA members live in the Bronx, so observing with AAA’s Jupiter Joe Martinez at The Bronx Zoo or other locations, for some, is a weekly experience. Those of us who live far away from this borough can usually be found traveling there for a Yankee game. But, on Apr 13, hundreds gathered from both near and far to experience and enjoy the first AAA Spring Starfest held at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Most would not think to use Woodlawn as a venue for viewing the cosmos but, in fact, the minimal lighting conditions there make gazing through a telescope more effective than standing amidst the bright lights of Manhattan. A focused team of AAA board members made it all happen. Starfest organizer Susan Andreoli, Ed Fox on production, and veteran observing team leader Michael O’Gara, joined president Marcelo Cabrera to make Starfest a reality in the Bronx. “If you build it, they will come,” is an appropriate description of the evening. This was not the infinite cornfields of Iowa in “Field of Dreams,” but certain similarities abounded for sure.
Many targets graced AAA scopes throughout the evening. Board member Tom Haeberle reported acquiring the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Sirius, Arcturus, Capella, Betelgeuse, and the Pleiades.
Photos by AAA member Stan Honda (Click on photos to enlarge)