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Cosmic CSI January 31st

cosmiccsi Hydrogen gas is the raw material of the universe, and from this simple element we get stars and galaxies. But not all galaxies get to hang onto their gassy building blocks – there are a number of ways in which this nebulous matter can be stripped from a galaxy, robbing it of its ability to form new generations of stars.Anne Abramson, an astronomy PhD candidate from Yale University, has been on the cutting edge of studying the gas stripping that is occurring in three galaxies located within the nearby Virgo Cluster. Using the Hubble Space Telescope and state-of-the-art computer technology, Anne and her colleagues have been successful in shedding light on important processes that play a pivotal role in how galaxies within clusters evolve over time.Anne Abramson is the only astronomer currently working in the US who was born and raised in Holly Grove, Arkansas. She went to boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire and became interested in astronomy while attending Columbia University in New York City. After spending 7 years as a Ph.D. student in astronomy at Yale University, she re-located to sunny Redwood City, California, where she is finishing her thesis remotely while teaching and tutoring astronomy and physics. She also enjoys hiking, growing orchids, and spending time with her husband and pet rats.

Please join us to hear Anne’s presentation at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub’s Launch Pad on January 31st at 4pm. The program is free and open to one and all and is intended for audiences of all levels and backgrounds (in other words you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this fascinating program!)

Regular and Board Meetings Saturday January 10

CAAS program for January (Saturday, January 10 at 6:00 pm) will be presented by Scott Lookabill, recipient of Radio Astronomy Observing Program Award #1, on his experiences in Radio Astronomy. He will talk about the basics of Radio Astronomy and the projects he completed (including building a Radio Telescope) to fulfill the requirements of the award. We see light through the visible portion of the spectrum from Infrared to Ultraviolet. Radio Astronomy looks at wavelengths from the radio-TV portion of the spectrum. Whether you’re interested or not in building your own Radio Telescope, you’ll gain new insights into our hobby and a better understanding of our universe. Terry Griffin will be giving the COM on Canis Major which includes our brightest star “Sirius”.

Prior to the presentation there will be a board meeting at 3:45 pm and Supperbowl (pot roast) at 5:00 pm. Please remember to RSVP for the Supperbowl on the CAAS website. I’ll also like to hear from anyone interested in volunteering to cook. :)

Board meeting agenda Items to include: 2015 budget and approval of other expenditures, discuss potential on site outreach events and potential development of the observatory facilities and deployment of club instruments in light of the new space available to the club.

Annual Meeting and Potluck Saturday December 13

This is the event you’ve been waiting for, the CAAS Annual Meeting and Potluck where you get to sample other people’s culinary skills and show off your own.  Later as we relax with full bellies we’ll vote on the nominees for next year’s officers and other small business matters.  Meet at the home of Bruce McMath at 6 PM. For directions, contact Bruce or info at

Do not go to the River Ridge Observatory this time. See you at the RRO in January.