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Outreach Awards for 2014

5 March, 2015 (16:51) | Presentations | By: tramakers

At the February meeting, we gave out the awards for members who volunteered time in 2014 for outreach. Members who participated in less than 5 events during the year were listed in our presentation. Those members who participated in 5 or more events were given certificates and a pin of appreciation from the Night Sky Network. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the presentation through this link. Thanks again to all those members who graciously donated their time and talents. We are off to a great start for 2015, and welcome anyone who is willing to help out. If you are not registered on the Night Sky Network website, but would like to be, please register at this URL. All of the upcoming outreach events are listed on our calendar here.
Valorie Whalen
Outreach Coordinator CEA

Space Camp @ Hightower Trail Elementary School 2015-01-30

2 February, 2015 (17:39) | Outreach | By: tramakers

Another Space Camp at Hightower Trail. I am starting to loose the count :-) A great evening with inside presentations as part of the rotation by Theo, and outside Steve, John, Dan, the Whalens and the Edwards showed the students the night sky through their scopes, which included the comet Lovejoy. I still see the smile on the kids faces as they mentioned that. A great evening.

Trip Elementary Outreach 2015-01-29

29 January, 2015 (17:25) | Outreach | By: tramakers

Several members had signed up to assist with telescopes for this STEM night. However, the clouds had other plans so we only could do inside presentations. Frank presented the Space Rocks and Glass and Mirrors activities, while Theo informed the students about our Solar System and how astronauts live in the International Space station. They also figured out how small we are on our little Earth. A great event and not enough time to make pictures. Just one with Frank.

CEA January 2015 Meeting & Observing

21 January, 2015 (11:31) | Uncategorized | By: sdsiedentop

Steve Siedentop, Chapter Director called the meeting to order.

Steve announced a call for volunteers to judge student science projects at the Fulton County Regional Science Fair on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Contact AAC President Mark Banks for more information.

Elgin Leary, physics teacher at Grayson High School, discussed stellar formation.  Over 80% of the universe appears to be made up of dark matter and dark energy, both of which we’re still trying to understand.  The reminder is made up of stars of various sizes and temperatures and are found throughout the universe in galaxies and nebula.  Elgin gave an informative and insightful talk and we’re looking forward to more talks in the future!

John Towne, Observing Supervisor, delivered the “What’s Up” presentation.  This month, the feature constellation is Orion.  Jupiter is up all night and Saturn rises early in the morning.  There will be a Mars/Neptune conjunction with .2 degrees of separation on the January 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.   There will also be a triple shadow transit on Jupiter on January 24, 2015 at 1:35 a.m.  The Charlie Elliott Challenge Object for January 2015 is NCG 4236, a barred spiral galaxy in Draco.  Interest in Comet Lovejoy was very high and John presented a timelapse video of the comet created by Steve Siedentop.

After John’s “What’s Up” presentation, John Towne presented David Whalen with an award for completing the Astronomical League’s Binocular Double Star program.  John also presented Marie Lott with an award for completing the Astronomical League’s Stellar Evolution observing program.

Valorie Whalen and Theo Ramakers presented an Outreach Update.  At our last meeting/Raffle, the club raised over $750 that will be used to acquire additional material to support our outreach activities!  Valorie asked for volunteers for upcoming outreach events.  If you are able to volunteer at an upcoming event, please contact Valorie Whalen for details on how you can help.

After the meeting, we all adjourned to the observing field for a decent night under the stars.  After what seemed like months of cloudy weather, it was great to see that all is as it should be in the heavens!

There were 42 people in attendance at the presentation.  There were 53 people, 12 telescopes, and 1 pair of binoculars on Jon Wood Astronomy Field after the presentation.

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy December Meeting & Potluck

9 January, 2015 (09:47) | Meeting Minutes | By: sdsiedentop

Steve Siedentop kicked off the Chapter’s final meeting of 2014 promptly at 3:30 PM with 42 members and guests in attendance.
After opening remarks, the meeting was turned over to Jack Fitzmier who is the chapter’s Astronomical League observing program coordinator.  Jack presented the Hydrogen Alpha observing award to Theo Ramakers and the Messier Binocular award to Steve Siedentop.
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John Towne (Chapter Observing Supervisor) then presented ‘What’s Up’ for this month, which featured the constellation Auriga, and its binary pairs, open clusters and nebulas.   John also highlighted Comet Lovejoy and its winter trek through the skies.
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After loading plates from the potluck diner table, Theo Ramakers then gave an excellent presentation covering tips and material to use at outreach events when it is cloudy. Theo will make his material available to anyone who is interested.  He also handed out newly crafted Pinhole cameras to all who wanted one.
The December meeting is home to our annual Raffle and fundraiser.  Generous vendors including Camera Bug, Explore Scientific, Orion, and Canon donated many fine prizes.
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Unfortunately, the skies were cloudy so no observing after the meeting was cancelled.
The next chapter meeting will be on Jan 17, 2015 at 3:30 in the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Banquet Hall.  As usual, observing afterwards – weather permitting.

Home School Day @ CEWC 2014-12-02

2 December, 2014 (16:09) | Outreach | By: tramakers

CEWC had their home school day on December 2nd. We did participate with one hour of astonomy and coverd the Sun and the inner Solar System including the relative size and distances of the planets. The 20 students and parents got to see the Sun in white light and Hydrogen Alpha filtered scopes and looked at our “scope on stick” and discovered when looking through it that it inverses the view. Great Students and it was a pleasure to teach the something more about “What’s up there”. Click the image to go to the gallery.

After the Tornado Warning 2014-11-24

24 November, 2014 (16:08) | Uncategorized | By: tramakers

The centerline of the Tornado warning yesterday afternoon went straight over CEWC. I went out this morning to check and see if there was any damage to our Scope building. No damage at all :-) Rusty told me Saturday afternoon that they were setting up a second Gate. I have added pictures where the North side of the field has two openings and a wooden frame is added on the side of the East side of the field. Lastly there is a little outhouse next to the scope building. Don’t know if that will stay or will be removed.

Morgan County Middle School Astronomy Club 2014-11-21

21 November, 2014 (20:24) | Events, Outreach | By: tramakers

This was the 5th year we went to Morgan County Middle School in Madison to show the students of the Astronomy Club what is happening on the Sun. We did the relative size and disatance activity, explained to them what actually happens on the Sun, so they knew what they had to look for when they looked through the Solar Scopes. Some very bright kids who did appreciate the opportunity to learn about our nearest Star.

Middle Ridge Elementary 2014-11-20

20 November, 2014 (21:50) | Events, Outreach | By: tramakers

Middle Ridge Elementary had their “Night under the Stars”. They were lucky as the weather gave a break in the icy cold snap that plagued us the last few days. We had 4 scopes at the ball field including the one of Chad Foster the organizing teacher of the school. Students and parents saw a variety of celestial objects such as Mars, the Ring Nebula, the Double Cluster, Alberio, the Pleades, the Andromeda Galaxy, and a globular cluster M15 and other like objects. A great evening for those that came out in the cold to learn more about “what’s up there” and those that showed it.
Clear Skies, Theo

Outreach for the Garden Club of Georgia 2014-11-05

5 November, 2014 (09:47) | Events, Outreach | By: tramakers

The Garden Club wanted us to reach out with stargazing, or an inside program, for as group of their members, as they visited CEWC for a two day program. Unfortunately the skies were cloudy so we had to resort to an inside presentation. We showed them the same program we show their teens in the summer. We discussed what we see when we look at planets when they make their way through the Solar system on their way around the Sun, we showed them how we took Curiosity to Mars and what the effect of gravity is in space. Discussions about meteorites and asteroids completed the 1 3/4 hour program. Thanks to Frank and Theo for doing this event.
Clear Skies,
Theo