Episcopal Collegiate School Star Party

On April 16, we met the school group at CAAS at 7:30.  Sandy and Pat Morris, Don Ferren, Bill Sanders, Carl Freyaldenhoven, and Jim Dixon were there. The school group consisted of one teacher and 6 to 8 students. It was still daylight so we had a chance to show them how telescopes work while they could still see them.  We then waited and watched.  Finally, someone spotted Venus so all scopes were turned that way.  Later, Sirius appeared.  Soon, it was like a bag of popcorn. Pop … pop … pop … popopopopopopop.  We looked at several objects, every astronomer choosing his or her own object to look at.  We also spotted some satellites.  The students seemed very appreciative of our efforts.  Finally the evening was capped off by a very bright Iridium Flare to the North at 8:47.

Submitted by Jim Dixon

Join us this Saturday, April 21, For Astronomy Day!

CAAS and Pinnacle Mountain State Park join hands to bring you an introduction to the wonderful world of astronomy! CAAS will be at the Pinnacle Mountain Visitor Center from 2-10 p.m. this Saturday, April 21. Come on out and meet the club, check out different types of telescopes and equipment, and learn more about this wonderful hobby, while enjoying the beauty of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. When the sun sets, parking lot lights will be turned off so we can enjoy the marvels of the universe! The activity is FREE for all. If you would like more information, please write to info@caasastro.org. Hope to see you there!!

~Stacy Edwards, CAAS Secretary