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April 2021 Online Meeting and Observing Night

28 March, 2021 (19:16) | Events, Observing | By: mlott

On Saturday, April 10, 2021 we are offering the fourth in a series of joint online presentations with Fernbank Science Center featuring noted NASA astrophysicist and popular TV science host, Dr. Michelle Thaller.

The online program begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, with a short planetarium presentation by Fernbank’s planetary geologist Scott Harris. Following that will be a few remarks by Mike Shaw, director of the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club about our club and its parent organization, the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Afterwards, Dr, Thaller will take us on a journey to the biggest black holes in the universe as we try to understand the mystery of how they got there in the first place and what they’re up to in our own Milky Way home.

All of the presentations will be streamed live via the Fernbank Science Center’s Facebook page .

In the evening we will have an observing session on Jon Wood Astronomy Field, weather permitting. This will be informal observing with social distancing and no program. Facemasks are strongly suggested.

Sunset will be at 8:02 p.m. Astronomical dusk ends (and maximum darkness begins) at 9:28 p.m.

The Elliott Trail automatic road gate at Marben Farm Rd. closes for incoming traffic at dusk., so be prepared to enter the gate code if you arrive afterwards. Guests without the code should plan to arrive before gate closure. The gate opens automatically for outgoing traffic as you approach it to leave.