Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 5:00 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B!

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October Meeting, & Observing

Measuring Star Spectra in the Magellanic Cloud!

Meeting Details

Join us at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Conference Room B, on October 5th, 2019 at 5 p.m. for a discussion with GSU PhD candidate Katherine Shepard as she presents her research on star spectra in the Magellanic Cloud!

Katherine’s interest in astronomy was sparked in the fifth grade when learned about and began to contemplate the “big bang.” She wrestled with the idea that all of the matter in the universe was wrapped up in a singularity that violently expanded for reasons unknown. To her fifth grade mind, and many of ours, that matter had to come from somewhere. She didn’t solve the mysteries of the universe in the fifth grade, but she realized she loved chasing questions that had no clearly defined answers.

Katherine didn’t consider astronomy as a career until her junior year of college when she participated in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at the University of Oklahoma where she worked on solving discrepancies between the models and simulations of the Oort Cloud. During this project, she realized she was where she needed to be…doing research in astronomy.

For all of us, free time is a commodity. Katherine enjoys spending hers working on her photography skills, reading sci-fi novels, playing video games, and enjoying the company of her dogs, cats, and hamster.

Check out our Facebook Page! You’ll find a welcoming group of people sharing ideas and tips as well as organizing ad-hoc observing and imaging sessions on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.

Image Credit:  Warrick Ball

The Peach State Star Gaze!

Woo hoo!! The Peach State Star Gaze is upon us! Registration is open and it looks like we’re going to have some very cool door prizes this year.  It’s an awesome star party with wifi, real bathrooms, hot showers, a food truck on site all week, a grill if you want to cook your own food, a pavilion so you can gather with your closest friends, lots of space if gathering isn’t your thing, great company, and dark skies at Deerlick Astronomy Village!  If you want to bring an RV, get registered sooner rather than later as power and water hookups are first come, first served.

Perspective & All of the Above

Observing Coordinator Steve Siedentop will be on hand to discuss what you can see and image in the night sky this month.  His short presentation will cover observing from both a visual and a contemplative perspective.  Steve started out as an observer, moved into astrophotography and enjoys doing both, finding observing particularly therapeutic. That’s a good thing, because he needs all the therapy he can get!

Observing After the Meeting

All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). As always, the event is free and open to the public.


If you have an idea for a 15 to 20 minute presentation about something you’ve learned or a project you’re working on, contact Charlie Elliott Astronomy Program Coordinator,Steve Siedentop.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2019-2020

August 3, 2019, August 31, 2019, October 5, 2019, November 2, 2019, December 7, 2019, January 25, 2020, February 22, 2020, March 21, 2020, April 18, 2020, May 23, 2020

Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary and occasionally meeting dates change under unusual circumstances, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting, weather permitting.

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All Charlie Elliott Astronomy events are free and open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings or join us on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  However, we would encourage you to consider a yearly paid membership for less than the cost of a couple of pizzas.  Your membership dues allow us to continue our science outreach programs in area schools and youth organizations, merit badge programs with area Scout Troops, and allow us to maintain the facilities on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  To become a member, you can fill out our membership form or contact an officer.

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