Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday April 14th, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B!

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April Meeting & Observing

Meeting Details


Join us on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B, for an informative and engaging discussion with Georgia State University PhD Candidate Sushant Mahajan covering heliophysics and space weather! Yes, space weather is a thing.

You may have heard about the supposed impending ice age and the connection to the alleged cooling of the sun over the next few decades. While that makes good filler for a slow news day, the truth about what actually happens on our nearest star is orders of magnitude more amazing and interesting than anything a Russian troll factory can post on Facebook that your brother-in-law’s cousin’s neighbor’s daughter’s interim assistant soccer coach will share in your “news” feed.

Sushant hails from Maharashtra, a state in west India, home to the city of Mumbai, and the galactic center of the Bollywood film industry. Sushant earned his Master of Technology in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2014, then earned his Master of Science in Physics from Georgia State University in 2017, and is currently an Astronomy PhD candidate at Georgia State University where the focus of his research is on our nearest star, including heliophysics, solar dynamo theory, space weather, and helioseismology. You can find out more about Sushant and his research here.

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All of the Above!

David Whalen, Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor will give a talk about what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes, as well as the monthly observing challenge. If you’ve been to one of our meetings, you know that David is a dynamic and engaging speaker and always delivers a lot of great information with plenty of laughs! Be sure to ask for the monthly target list and a SkyMap! David will be joined by Astrophotography Coordinator Mark Woolridge who will cover the imaging challenges of the month and tips on how to image them.

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 everyone is welcome.

Tech Talks

Tech Talk details are still forming.  If you have an idea for a 15-30 minute discussion or presentation that you would like to see or would like to give, contact the Charlie Elliott Program Coordinator, Steve Siedentop.

Downloads from the Last Meeting

Tech Talk
All of the Above Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List
Astrophotography Presentation

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2018

January 20, 2018,  February 17, 2018,  March 17, 2018,  April 14, 2018,  May 12, 2018,
June 16, 2018,  July 14, 2018,  August 11, 2018,  September 8, 2018,  October 6, 2018,  November 10, 2018,
December 8, 2018

Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting.

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