Variable Star Observing at the April 9th General Meeting!

Please join CAAS at its April 2011 meeting on April 9th at 7 p.m. in the classroom on the grounds of the River Ridge Observatory.  Please email if you need the link and password to the directions.  After a short business meeting, Rocky Togni will make a presentation on “Variable Star Observing.”

Much that we know about stars and the universe came from studying variable stars.  There are over 30,000 known variable stars that have been catalogued with many more suspected. With modest equipment any amateur astronomer can make observations that are a valuable scientific contribution.  Not only is Rocky a long time member of CAAS, a variable star observer for 20 years, he is also the Variable Star Club Coordinator for The Astronomical League. True Star Power right here at the River Ridge Observatory!

We will also have updates on the planning for the programs for the Mid States of The Astronomical League Conference and National Astronomy Day, both events coming up in May.  Clouds permitting we will adjourn to the observing field for fun and fellowship under Saturn, the crescent moon, and the stars – variable and invariable alike!