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  • September 13, 2014
    • Regular Monthly Meeting
      Starts:7:00 pm
      Location: The River Ridge Observatory
      Description: Regular Meetings will be held at River Ridge Observatory at 7PM (during Daylight Savings Time, 6PM during Standard 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 info@caasastro.org.

Conditions Now The RRO Clear Sky Clock

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

International Observe the Moon Night in Argenta (InOMN) September 6

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Quick, what is not made of cheese and is only 1.3 light seconds away?  It’s our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon!

The Moon has always been a comforting presence in our night sky and people have long gazed upon it with wonder, fascination, and more than a few romantic notions.  But, like many things in our lives, we sometimes take it for granted.

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 is International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) when people from all across planet Earth turn their gaze skywards and pay tribute to our only natural satellite.

InOMN began in 2010 as an educational outreach event from multiple NASA and astronomical organizations with 300 events in over 40 different countries.  Over the years it has grown even larger and for 2014 the Argenta Downtown Council will participate in this global event by hosting the 5th annual International Observe the Moon Night in North Little Rock’s historic Argenta District at the corner of 6th and Main Streets.

In partnership with the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, the UALR Physics and Astronomy Department, and The Launch Pad of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, the Argenta Downtown Council will make the Moon accessible to anyone who wants to put their eye to a telescope and gaze upon the stark beauty of the lunar landscape.

The event runs from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday, September 6th. It’s free and family- friendly.  Come out for a night of dining at one of the many area restaurants, or grab a bite from a food truck, and then let yourself be transported to another world when you and your family look through a telescope at our glorious Moon!

 

If the weather forecast is for inclement weather or clouds on the evening of Saturday, September 6th then the event will be moved to Friday September 5th.

Free Public Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park August 23

Join CAAS and our friends at Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a free star party. Weather permitting, we’ll set up telescopes at the Visitor Center and share our passion. 9PM to 11 PM. This is a great family-friendly activity!

Star-B-Q 2014 August 9

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