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Founded in 1971, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society strives to connect the people of central Arkansas with their universe by promoting amateur astronomy activities for its members and by providing information and programs to the general public. Membership offers monthly programs, special outings, and the opportunity to share this hobby with others. No one is under qualified for membership. Experience levels range from novice sky watchers to skilled observers. You can contact us at info@caasastro.org

CAAS is hosting the Midsouth Region of the Astronomical League convention in late May this year. Click the button to the left for more information.

MSRAL Convention May 29-31

For the 2015 MSRAL conference we are striving for balance; balance between professional and amateur presentations, between inspiration and how-to education, between concepts and technical details, between substance and social interaction.

The conference will start with the traditional CAAS Pisces fry to be held at Reservoir Park in Little Rock.

On Saturday, following the region’s business meeting, we will have a full day of professional and amateur astronomer presentations on a spectrum of topics. All this topped off with an evening banquet and keynote speaker.

Sunday morning we will turn to three separate workshops. One covering imaging, to be lead by CAAS members John Reed and Chris Lasley. The second, visual and photometric observation of variable stars, to be lead by Dr. Jeff Robertson and Bruce McMath. The third, a workshop for club leaders and would be club leaders, dedicated to club development, operation and management, to be lead by Jim Small and Darrell Heath.

About the speakers
We are excited about the speakers we have lined up. A mix of knowledgeable an inspiring professional and amateur astronomers to present on a broad range of topics, from astrobiology to cutting edge outreach concepts targeting the disabled and blind; from tips on organizing and recording your visual observing program, to tracking asteroids for science; from planning for the eclipse of 2017 to the frontiers of professional/amateur collaboration. All this followed by workshops for imaging, variable star work, and club development where every participant becomes a presenter, making for an awesome pool of talent.

For more information click the button above and to the left.

Regular Monthly Meeting 5/9/2015

Join the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society Saturday evening for a night of information and, weather permitting, observing under the stars.

  • First, at 6 PM, we’ll have the Supper Bowl. This month we are having pulled pork, vinegar slaw and potato salad casserole.  The price is only $6 each.  Please use the RSVP option above to reserve your spot and so we’ll know how much to make.
  • Then, before the regular meeting we’ll have a short workshop on how to properly use the 14″ Dobsonian for observatory level member who wants to be cleared to use it.
  • Next, at 7 PM, we’ll have our meeting. On tap for tonight we have:
    • Jim Dixon, planetary imaging.
    • Stephen Caldwell, RRT update and how to participate.
    • Darrell Heath, report on recent outreach activities.
    • Chris Lasley, Alcor Report and MSRAL program review.
    • Discussion about a summer membership observing event and/or an observing outing to the Winona area of the Ouachita forest.
    • Time permitting – Bruce McMath, what we/I have learned recently about light pollution and the hope for progress.
  • Then, if the skies cooperate we’ll set up in the observing field.

See you Saturday.

The Night Sky – The Hubble Space Telescope