Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 4:30 PM in Room B

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February 22, 2020 Meeting Announcement


High Latitude Molecular Clouds – Great Targets for



Before there were the Earth, the Sun and all the rest of our solar system, there was an accumulation of dust and gas called a “molecular cloud”. Over time, this stellar nursery condensed to form the Sun, planets and the other solar system bodies. Today, amateur astronomers use affordable, off-the-shelf equipment to observe and study other molecular clouds inside our own Milky Way galaxy.
So join us at 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 22, when the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club features Dr. Loris Magnani, professor of astronomy at the University of Georgia, who will tell us exactly why these clouds are so great for astro-imagers to seek out and exactly what is required to observe them.
The program will be at Meeting Room B at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055. As always, the event is free and open to the general public; also, all attendees are invited to an open observing session after the program at the Jon Wood Astronomy Field, located a short distance from the meeting site (weather permitting).
Dr. Magnani received his BA in Astrophysics from Columbia University (New York City) in 1980 before going on to get both his MS in 1982 and PhD in Astronomy in 1986 from the University of Maryland (College Park). He served as research associate at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, from 1987 to 1991 before joining the UGA Dept. of Physics & Astronomy in 1991. His research interests and list of published works is extensive and can be seen at
For those not familiar with the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, go to
The CEWC phone is 770-784-3059, Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

“All of the Above”

Observing Coordinator David Whalen will be on hand to discuss what you can see and image in the night sky this month.  His short presentation will cover observing targets ranging from our own solar system to distant galaxies.

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 Steve Siedentop or Ken Poshedly.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2019-2020

February 22, 2020 (4:30 p.m.), March 21, 2020 (5:30 p.m.), April 18, 2020 (6 p.m.), May 23, 2020 (6:30 p.m.). Start times may change as the meeting date approaches.

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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