Join us May 16th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. for an engaging and informative discussion on astronomy and mythology given by one of the Charlie Elliott Astronomy founders, Phil Sacco. Those who have been to any of Phil’s presentations know that he is a highly sought after, dynamic, and engaging speaker. When I met Phil, I was attending my first Charlie Elliott Astronomy meeting and setting up my telescope while answering questions from a group of inquisitive youngsters. Even though the sun hadn’t set and there was nothing to see yet, they wanted to look in the eyepiece, so I asked Phil if I could borrow his step stool. Phil kindly obliged and we’ve been friends ever since. That night, on what we now call Jon Wood Astronomy Field, Phil gave an impromptu “Walk-and-Talk” to a group of 30 captivated visitors about the visible constellations. Not only did we learn where these constellations were in the sky, we learned their significance in cultures that existed many centuries past. For our May meeting, Phil will reprise his impromptu field presentation and discuss the mythology, history, and cultural significance of the constellations you’ll see in the May night sky. Prepare to be informed and entertained!
After a renewed childhood interest in Astronomy, Phil went on to become an officer of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, serving as President, Vice President, and Observing Supervisor. Phil also served on a national scale as the Southeast Regional Director of the Astronomical League. Today, Phil is the eleventh person to earn the title of Master Observer, one given to those individuals who complete 10 Astronomical League observing programs. There are currently 160 Master Observers in the United States.
Phil isn’t a Georgia native, but got here as fast he could. Born in New York at a very young age, Phil moved to Georgia as a young boy, eventually earning degrees at Augusta University and Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry, graduating summa cum laude. When not talking about or observing the night sky, Phil enjoys making mead using a 2000 year old Roman recipe and performing as a magician.
Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor John Towne will be giving a short presentation of what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes as well as the monthly Charlie Elliott Observing Challenge. At the meeting, remember to ask John for the target list and SkyMap! The target list and presentation from the last meeting are available for download below.
Sunset Time Alert
While we would love for everyone to stay for the entire meeting, we realize that some folks prefer to leave a bit earlier so as to set up their equipment at the observing field before dark. If the meeting runs longer than planned, a “Sunset Time Alert” will be announced.
“Observing after the meeting”
All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). You don’t have to be a member to attend the meeting or join us on Jon Wood Astronomy Field with your telescope (or just your eyeballs). Note: The security gate at the entrance to the main road leading up to the observing field closes at 10:00 p.m. You’ll be able to leave at any time, but you won’t be able to get in after 10:00 p.m. You will, however, be able to park near the gate and walk a few hundred feet to the observing field after 10:00 p.m.
Downloads from the Last Meeting
What’s Up Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List