The CAA will host their last program and star party of the year for the Medina Park District Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at 8 PM at the Letha House building.
Club president William Murmann will give a presentation about the European Southern Observatory at 8 PM, followed by a public star gazing program if sky conditions permit.
If the skies are clear, observers will see the 17-day waning Moon offering great edge-of-terminator views of some large craters on the eastern limb including floor-fractured Petavius.
Io should be crossing Jupiter around 9:30 that moon casting its shadow on Jupiter’s cloud tops — a good target for larger scopes. All of the Galilean Moons will be visible. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters will be up, and Orion will be rising in the east.
Club members are asked to please bring their telescopes and join in the star party.
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 attended this annual event, and to those who brought the good food for the pot luck and helped with its preparation! Special thanks in this regard to Marianne Wadsworth, who helped VP Mike Williams with her grilling skills.
Board member Tim Campbell brought in all the great-tasting wieners, brats, and sausages for the event at an excellent price. Our thanks to Bob Guttwein, president of Five Star Brand Meats in Cleveland, who offered the high-quality meat at a steep discount through Tim.
We had visitors from the Black River, Chagrin Valley, and Mahoning Valley clubs. It was nice to host them!
Many thanks to our secretary, Steve Spears, who got a good supply of door prizes in spite of tight economic conditions. Caffeine kudos to Ray and Lynn Paul, who brought a large coffee pot and fixings for coffee lovers.
Special thanks to Gail Korylak, who helped with the clean-up. Gail cleaned all the tables, moved all the tables and chairs, and then vacuumed the floor. Earlier during the dinner, she also set up and arranged the food table. She did a great job.
Our thanks also, of course, to Jay Reynolds, who gave an interesting talk about Saturn and the Cassini Mission.
The recent improvements to the park gave telescope owners the opportunity to park on solid pavement and set up their instruments on earth. Adding to the pleasure was the fact that skies over the park were the best they have been in many a year for the CAA’s event. It was a great night, indeed!