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.
|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.|
Date: Saturday, 5/13/2017
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135
|Cloudy weather schedule update
April 29th is National Astronomy Day and the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society invites you to come out to Pinnacle Mountain State Park at the Visitor’s Center for an afternoon and evening of celebration! Starting at 2PM we will have activities for everyone to enjoy. If the weather is cloudy we will use a shorter schedule, 2PM – 8PM, shown below. It’s all free and all family fun. Come out and explore your cosmos!
2:00-3:00 Pinhole eclipse viewer making
3:00-3:30 LECTURE: Night Sky Observing 101
3:30-4:00 Solar System Talk: The Solar System in Perspective
4:00-4:30 LECTURE: The Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017
5:00-6:00 BIG Bubbles and Water Rockets (outdoor weather permitting)
6:30-7:00 LECTURE: Night Sky Observing 101
7:00-7:30 LECTURE: Observing the Moon
7:30-8:00 LECTURE: Light Pollution