Indoor meetings have been suspended until further notice.



August 2020 Observing Night

19 July, 2020 (17:17) | Events, Observing | By: mlott

Mark your calendars! Our next scheduled observing night on the astronomy field will be on August 15, 2020, starting at sunset.

New Closing Time for the Elliott Trail Gate

17 July, 2020 (16:53) | Events, Observing, Outreach | By: mlott

The entrance gate on Elliott Trail is now open until 7 PM. This is a change from the early closing time of 4:30 PM while the Conference Center was closed due to COVID-19. (As always, the gate opens automatically for cars to exit.)

July 2020 Observing Night

7 July, 2020 (16:56) | Events, Observing | By: mlott

On Saturday July 18th, and weather-permitting, the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club will have an informal observing night on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field (which is on the right, shortly after turning onto Elliott Trail from Marben Farm Rd). We will NOT be at the Campbell Aquatics Building. This event is free.
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  • Recommended arrival time is at sunset (~8:45 PM).
  • The automatic road gate on Elliott Trail at Marben Farm Road closes for incoming traffic at 4:30 p.m., so be prepared to enter the gate code when you arrive. The gate opens automatically for outgoing traffic as you approach it to leave, so no gate code is required to exit. [Gate codes are issued to current members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Contact a CE officer or committee chair if you need help with this.
  • Those who arrive early are invited to bring a camp chair and their own drink, food, or snack. We look forward to socializing but will not be sharing food due to COVID-19.
  • We remind all attendees that the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing guideline remains in effect. In consideration of others, please wear a facemask if you are within 6′.
  • According to Sky Safari, the 3.4% moon sets at 7:15 p.m. at our location. Sunset will be at 8:44 p.m., astronomical dusk ends at 10:22 p.m. with the Sun finally 18 degrees below horizon and “full darkness”.

June 2020 Field Meeting

7 June, 2020 (12:16) | Events, Observing | By: mlott

On Saturday, June 20 the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will have an informal observing night on Jon Wood Astronomy Field, weather-permitting. We will NOT be at the Campbell Aquatics Building. Start time is 7:30 PM.

  • While the latest official announcement from the Georgia governor’s office has lifted the 25-person limit on gatherings, we remind all attendees that the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing requirement remains in effect.  Also, facemasks are strongly suggested.
  • The Elliott Trail automatic road gate at Marben Farm Rd. closes for incoming traffic at 4:30 PM, so be prepared to enter the gate code when you arrive. The gate opens automatically for outgoing traffic as you approach it to leave, so no code is required to exit. [Gate codes are issued to current members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Contact a CE officer or committee chair if you need help with this: http://ceastronomy.org/blog/home/officers.]
  • We will have a VERY brief business meeting at 7:30 PM to elect our officers for the upcoming year and to distribute a few awards (short and sweet — no program, no talks).
  • Attendees are invited to bring a camp chair and their own drink, sack supper, carryout food, or snack so we can sit and socialize for awhile after our short meeting (articularly if it’s cloudy!) We will not be sharing food due to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Sunset at our location will be at 8:48 PM. Astronomical dusk ends at 10:31 PM with the Sun finally 18 degrees below horizon and “full darkness”.
  • All attendees are invited to stay for observing while maintaining Georgia’s social distancing requirement.
  • Because this will be on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field and not indoors, we will reschedule if the weather is bad.

Visit our Facebook Page for updates and more info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ceastronomy/. There you’ll find a welcoming group of people sharing ideas and tips as well as organizing ad-hoc observing and imaging sessions on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field.

Meetings suspended during COVID-19 health crisis

10 April, 2020 (22:29) | ALERTS | By: mlott

Meetings have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 health crisis. For the current status of our club’s events, please see our calendar. National events from the Night Sky Network are also displayed on our calendar -most of them virtual and free!

For up-to-date information on the  current situation for COVID-19 please visit the Georgia Dept of Public Health and the CDC websites.

March 2020 Potluck Cancelled

7 March, 2020 (10:23) | Events | By: mlott

From Mike Shaw: I wanted to let all of our members know that I have decided to cancel the March 2020 meeting and potluck dinner. With all the recent developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, I felt it was best to be cautious.

McConnell Middle Outreach 2016-05-05

5 May, 2016 (20:28) | Outreach | By: tramakers

Bob Jacobi and Theo Ramakers did a full day outreach event for McConnell Middle School in Grayson. The 6th grade classes from Mrs. Sandidge did have a chance to look at the Sun through our Solar scopes and learned about the relative size and distances of the planets in the solar system. Inside the classroom they learned about how the planets really look close up, how the different belts of Jupiter move in relation to each other and what the terrain on Mars really looks like. A great event again this year!

Solar make up day for Heard Mixon 2015-10-08

9 October, 2015 (09:06) | Outreach | By: tramakers

We had to postpone the solar observing part of our outreach for Heard Mixon earlier this month, so we went back yesterday to let the students look at the Sun.  The Sun was real quiet and we could not see any Sunspots, but another 98 students could observe a nice prominence, so they all had a great smile on their face of having seen the Sun with that nice arc.

Cousin’s Middle School make up day 2015-10-07

7 October, 2015 (08:43) | Outreach | By: tramakers

Because one of the Solar observing days at Cousin’s MS last week got clouded out, we went back to give the last 5 classes a chance to observe the Sun and learn about the relative distances and sizes of the planets (as well as Pluto).  The Sun was relative quiet and the one sunspot disappeared as it rotated to the far side of the Sun, however a nice prominence, more than made up for it.  Another 119 individuals who not only had a chance to take look at the Sun, but learn a lot more about it and how it can influence us here on Earth.

Heard Mixon ES outreach 2015-10-01

1 October, 2015 (18:29) | Outreach | By: tramakers

This time we went to Heard Mixon to try to give the students a better understanding of astronomical concepts, mainly related to our Solar System.  The students loved the program as always, and among many other things they learned about why we see Saturn’s rings sometimes very big, and sometimes very small, why we see the different colored belts on Jupiter and where the  moons from Mars might have come from.  As always, a great school with great teachers.