Our Next Public Event
- March 8, 2014
- Regular Monthly MeetingStarts:6:00 pmLocation: The River Ridge ObservatoryDescription: Regular Meetings will be held at River Ridge Observatory at 6PM (during Standard Time, 7PM during Daylight Savings time) on the Second Saturday of each month (excepting December) unless something comes up. Depending on weather, there may be observing afterward. If you need directions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
2014 is supposed to be a Solar Maximum year with aurora’s and stormy weather on the sun. But things don’t seem to be working out and just like global warming is failing to live up to expectations, so is the sun this year. Maybe there is a correlation here. Darrell Heath, CAAS President, will give a presentation this month on our closest and most important star. Rocky Togni will give a Dead Astronomer Bio on Edward Emerson Barnard.
Supper Bowl at 5 PM – jambalaya, shrimp, chicken and anduie sausage (no beef coy)(please RSVP online by noon Sat. if possible – there is usually plenty but it helps us decide whether to panic or not).
The Messier Marathon has been rescheduled for March 28/29.
Please note that this will be the last 6PM meeting until November as the following we will spring forward to Daylight Savings Time.
The February 8 CAAS meeting has been postponed for one week until February 15. Everything else is the same.
The February 15 CAAS meeting at 6:00 pm will concentrate on Messier Objects. The club has two dates scheduled for a Messier Marathon at RRO – March 1 and backup date of March 29. Chris Lasley will give an introduction to Messier and the Messier Objects. Then he will talk about the Messier Marathon and the strategy of seeing all the Messier Objects in one night. Rocky Togni will follow up with Messier and Binocular Messier Programs, star hopping, and star charts. Steve Block will present Cancer as the constellation of the month.
At 4:00 pm there will be a Novice Clinic led by Bruce McMath and help with calibration / telescopes following. No reservations needed. Supper Bowl of course at 5:00 pm. Please make reservations at caasastro.org as usual.
Regular Monthly Meeting January 11 at 6 PM, RRO RRT Planning Meeting at 3 PM, at River Ridge Observatory
Our January meeting (Jan 11 at 6:00 pm) is titled “The Binary Stellar Zoo” by CAAS member Jeff Robertson who is also a science professor at Arkansas Tech. Binary stars make up about half the stars we see at night. This presentation will be be an introduction to binary stars, variablility, and what happens to stellar evolution when another star gets in the way.
In addition Chris Lasley will be giving our first Dead Astronomer of the Month.
The meeting will start at 6:00 with Supper Bowl at 5:00. There will also be a planning meeting at 3:00 on development of the new Remote Telescope and observatory. A joint effort between CAAS and Arkansas Tech. Purpose of the meeting is to make design decisions on the new observatory and set a game plan for construction. Anyone wishing to help with design and/or construction is welcome to come.