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2020-4 GLPA Newsletter – Winter Solstice

GLPA Newsletter

Volume 55, Number 4
Winter Solstice, 2020

Bart Benjamin, Editor
Jackie Baughman, Cover


President’s Message
– Waylena McCully

Editor’s Message
– Bart Benjamin

Jupiter – Saturn Conjunction and Postcard from Saturn diagrams
– Bart Benjamin

Conference Reflections

2020 Virtual Conference Group Photograph

Minutes from the Fall 2020 GLPA Executive Committee Meeting
– prepared by Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht

Minutes from the 2020 GLPA Annual Business Meeting
– prepared by Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht



State News

Illinois (Tom Willmitch)
Indiana (Melinda O’Malley)
Michigan (Paulette Epstein)
Ohio (Dale Smith)
Wisconsin/Minnesota (Jean Creighton)
Beyond the Lakes (Mary Holt)

Bulletin Board

Special Thanks
– Kris McCall

“Train the Trainer” workshops begin next issue
– Jean Creighton

IPS Update

– Mike Smail

40 Years & 20 Years Ago


Image Credits

Cover Credits: In a year when we’ve all been told to “keep our distance,” the planets Jupiter and Saturn are having a very close encounter with one another in late-December. This great conjunction will bring the two largest planets of our solar system closer than they’ve appeared to be since 1623. On the evening of December 21st, the two planets will be separated by only 6 arc-minutes, easily fitting within the field of a telescope’s medium-power eyepiece. To celebrate this rare celestial event, Jackie Baughman created original artwork for our cover, and Bart Benjamin created a simulated telescopic view on page 38. We wish you all clear skies on those important evenings near this year’s winter solstice. It will be quite a show!

NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI)

M96: A Galactic Maelstrom
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA and LEGUS Team

Young stars in the “wing” of the Small Magellanic Cloud
Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC and University of Potsdam, JPL-Caltech, and STScI

M13: A Celestial Snow Globe of Stars
Credit: NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Newborn stars within the Prawn Nebula
Credit: European Southern Observatory

Big Blue Marble Earth
Credit: R. Stockli, A. Nelson, F. Hasler, NASA/ GSFC/ NOAA/ USGS



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Newsletter cover (2020-4)