Join us next on June 25th, 2022 at 6:30 .p.m. for our next meeting & observing night. The current gate closure time is 7 pm. After that time, a code is needed for park entry.

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy June Meeting & Observing

Meeting Details

Join us on June 25th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Campbell Aquatics Building at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for our June meeting for a presentation by Georgia State University PhD candidate Beena Meena.   Beena’s research is focused on active galactic nuclei.  At the heart of almost every galaxy, there is a supermassive black hole anywhere from a million to a billion times the size of our Sun.  Black holes, as you probably already know, aren’t actually holes, but stars that have accumulated so much mass that their gravitational field is so strong it prevents photons (light) from escaping.  These supermassive black holes are actively acquiring mass through their accretion disks which we call Active Galactic Nuclei and the “host” is called an Active Galaxy.  As matter is accreted, heat and friction results as well as a release of energy in the form of radiation.  This radiation is so powerful that it often outshines the galaxy itself.  Beena’s research focuses on these energy outflows in an attempt to identify their origins through optical and spectroscopic data from the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 meter telescope…quite a bit bigger than the telescopes we use for observing and imaging!

Beena’s interest in astronomy started at a very young age when Indian-American astronauts like Kalpana Chawla flew on the Space Shuttle Program. During her early education stages, images from the Hubble Space Telescope were widespread and extremely popular in India and this fascinated and intrigued her.  Before she started high school, she knew she wanted a career in Astronomy.  Beena is an avid cyclist and often rides up to 70 miles in a day.  The biking community in Atlanta has been incredibly supportive and motivated her to build her strength and push herself which has resulted in benefits in all areas of her life.

For more information about Beena and her research,  click here.

For details about Charlie Elliott Wildlife Management Area activities and directions, call the Visitor’s Center at 770-784-3059 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“All of the Above”

Following welcoming remarks by Chapter Director Steve Siedentop, Observing Supervisor Dennis Ruseski will be on hand to enlighten and inform us on what you can see and image in the night sky this month.  This is Dennis’ first meeting as Observing Supervisor, so all of us are excited to see his presentation!

Observing on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field

After the meeting, we’ll make our way down to Jon Wood Astronomy Field for a night of observing and imaging. Please refrain from using white light on the field. Red lights are readily available at department and sporting goods stores in the Atlanta area.

A Few Items to Note…

  • Plan to treat this outing like you would a camping trip and be prepared.  Dress appropriately for the weather and the environment, bring snacks and drinks if needed, and plan to take your garbage with you.  There is a regularly serviced Porta-Potty on Jon Wood Astronomy Field. We’re well into Spring, so don’t forget the mosquito repellant!
  • The main gate on Elliott Trail closes to new entry at 7 p.m. and will automatically open for exiting traffic.  If you plan to observe on Jon Wood Astronomy Field, please arrive before 7 p.m. or make arrangements with a club member for access.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights

Our monthly meetings and public observing nights are free and open to the public. Visit the “Our Calendar” tab at the top of the page for our 2020-2021 meeting, observing, and outreach schedule. Start times vary throught the year so please check back for details.

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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.  March is membership renewal month. If you are renewing your membership, no form is necessary.

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