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Founded in 1971, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society is a member-owned, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy and recreational sky watching in central Arkansas, as well as bringing the reality of the universe closer to the general public. The membership is diverse in every dimension, the one common element being a shared interest in astronomy and science.

National Astronomy Day, April 29, 2017

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

Saturday April 15 Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 PM, Supper Bowl at 6, Board Meeting at 4:30

CAAS Monthly Meeting
Join us at 7 PM for our regular monthly meeting, 6 PM if you are going to join us for the supper bowl.

The presentation will be “The Molly Project” by Jim Dixon.

If conditions allow, there will be observing afterward.

As always, meetings of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society are open to the public.

SupperBowl price will be $6 each.

All members are welcome and encouraged to take ownership in their society and come to the board meeting at 4:30.

The agenda for the board meeting is as follows:

Opening Remarks Chair
Secretary’s Report (approve minutes of prior two meeting)
Treasurer’s Report
Financial update
Any alterations needed in budget
Membership Chair Report (optional)
Observatory Committee Report (optional)
Equipment Chair Report (optional)
RRT report (optional)
Old Business
New Business
What to do with free Eclipse glasses
Give some to members to distribute to schools of their choice and/or give them (or remainder) to teachers who attend the Hub event.
Authorize and price Coy’s equipment (Silent auction – with reserves at discretion of Treasurer)
Andrew’s request to purchase astronscan ($100 w/out eyepieces, $125 with)
Procedure to authorize equipment gift approval and sale
Draft Resolution
Proposed Amended Calendar Policy
2017 Calendar – amendments
Two Hub events
2018 Calendar
Review proposed 2018 calendar for errors and oversight
Where to do the Persiedes meteor shower Buffalo River or RRO or both
What to do about scout programing – if anything (Bruce)
BRNP programing – when and how many – See proposed calendar for potential dates
Nat. Cons.?

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