Monthly Archives: July 2011

2011 Convention a great night

It was a great night at Letha House Park! CAA members and invited astronomy club members from the area gathered under gloriously clear skies for an evening of socializing and a night of excellent observing. Many thanks to all those who … Continue reading

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Target Mars: Gale Crater selected for Mars Science Laboratory

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet’s Gale Crater. The US space agency made the announcement Friday, July 22. The car-sized MSL (Mars Science Laboratory), or “Curiosity,” is … Continue reading

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Dawn: First close-up image of asteroid Vesta

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid … Continue reading

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2011 CAA Convention coming July 30

The CAA OTAA convention will be held at the Letha House Park building and grounds the afternoon and night of July 30, 2011. Registration starts at 3 p.m.  There will be an Observatory demonstration session at 4 p.m. to learn … Continue reading

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Special Findley State Park star party – CANCELED

UPDATE: Due to a very unfavorable weather forecast, the Findley State Park star party has been canceled. We hope to try again in September! — Aug. 5, 2011 CAA will host a star party on the beach at Findley State … Continue reading

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A summery triangle

by William Murmann During the summer months, stargazers can see the famous Summer Triangle almost directly overhead. The triangle is a giant asterism created by drawing imaginary lines between three bright stars — Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, Vega in … Continue reading

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