The Lima astronomical society is fortunate to be able to maintain the Schoonover Observatory, built in 1964 with an ASH dome. The observatory is owned by the city of Lima and has recently seen some renovations.
This Friday January 3rd at 8:00pm is the monthly meeting of the Lima Astronomical Society at Schoonover Observatory. A short business meeting will take place followed by a professional video lecture on Star Lifecycles. A roundtable discussion will follow on what is going on with the Red Supergiant Betelgeuse.
The telescope dome remains out of commission due to drive motor problems. If it is clear we can view with telescopes on the viewing deck.
Please support the Lima Astronomical Society with it's programs at Schoonover Observatory. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
I'm not thinking to much on the situation with Betelgeuse. I have seen it happen a couple times many years ago. This one is a little more unusual then the other two or three especially if it dims more then it has already. Sure I am hoping that it does go Supernova in our lifetimes but not holding my breath about it. Seems most likely that gravity takes over at times and it shrinks a little thus dimming the star. A star burp would usually brighten it.
The well-known bright star Betelgeuse - a red giant star, famous for its name and for the fact that it'll explode someday - has become noticeably dimmer since late October. Here's what astronomers think is happening.