There are few natural spectacles more enthralling than laying under a dark temperate sky during a meteor shower. Few people have ever had the experience because so many things have to come together. First, there are only a few good showers during the year and these have to align with moonless nights. In many years that mean there are no good showers at all. Also, one needs dark cloud-free skies and a willingness to stay up late, which can be tough to do unless the shower peaks on the weekend during a temperate time of the year.
This year it is all lining up for the Orionids, which should peak during Saturday night Oct. 21st after the two-day-old crescent moon has set. October happens to be a time of year that frequently presents clear skies and crisp nights.
So, if the clouds behave, we have a good chance to enjoy the Orionids, one of the best showers each year from our club’s observing site which is about forty minutes north west of Little Rock near Little Italy north of lake Maumelle. The product of Halley’s comet, at its peak, the Orionids produce a minimum of 20 to 30 high-speed bright meteors each hour and sometimes much more.
This special event follows our montly club meeting, which is always open to the public (see next post), but if you want to join us for the shower, we ask that you register below. This is so we can limit attendance if need be. This will also allow us to send you some recommendations on how to prepare and what to bring and alas advise on the weather. If you do come, you should plan on staying at least till midnight. If you like we have some room to pitch some tents.
Everyone, members and non-members, please join us at 7 PM for our regular monthly meeting, 6 PM if you are going to join us for the SupperBowl. If you want to see the inner workings of this well-oiled astronomy machine, be there at 5 PM for a board meeting (the agenda is included bel0w).
And don’t forget about the special Orionid Meteor Watch starting after the monthly meeting. You must register if you plan to attend the Meteor Watch.
There will be presentations:
- Sky Charts, beyond the constellations.
- Constellation of the Month: Andromeda.
- Mythos of the Heavens: A Cultural Perspective of the Constellations.
As always, meetings of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society are open to the public.
Supper Bowl price will be $6 each.
Saturday October 21 Board Meeting Agenda
- 2018 Budget
- What to do with surplus club money
- Club telescopes: Refractor and 14″ Dobsonian
- Adding a Facebook group
- Loaning club equipment
- Security camera replacement
- A/C unit status
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 show your universe.
Discover astronomy with members of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society. Clouds permitting, the evening’s telescopic sights typically will include Saturn, the Moon, and other celestial objects depending upon what is in the sky at a given time. This is an excellent family-friendly activity for all ages to experience!
Location: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135