April Meeting: The Martians are Coming!

Image: Henrique Alvim Corrêa Illustration
Henrique Alvim Corrêa Illustration

The regular monthly membership meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will take place Monday, April 10, beginning at 7:30. Meetings take place at the Rocky River Nature Center; 24000 Valley Parkway; North Olmsted, Ohio, in the Cleveland Metroparks.

“The Martians are Coming! – Astronomical Hoaxes and Panics.” CAA member Steve Gallant will discuss some of the great astronomical hoaxes, including the famous Orson Welles “WAR OF THE WORLDS” radio broadcast of 1938!

Following the presentation, the business portion of the meeting will convene. If Martians have not overrun the auditorium, inciting panic by then.

First meeting of 2017

Our first CAA meeting of the New Year is scheduled tomorrow (Monday, Jan. 9) at Rocky River Nature Center. Our speaker, at 7:30 PM, will be Jay Reynolds, CSU astronomy instructor, who will give a presentation about NASA’s missions to Pluto and Ceres. Non-members are welcome to attend! 

October Meeting: Relativity & election nominations

by William Murmann, CAA President

Tonight is our monthly CAA meeting Monday night (Oct. 10) — 7:30 PM at the Rocky River Nature Center. CAA member Bob Fritz will give a talk at 7:30 entitled “General Relativity: What It Is and Why It Matters.”

After Bob’s presentation and our break we will have our monthly business meeting and the first nominations for election to officer and member-at-large positions. Second nominations and the election will be held at our November 14 meeting.

Under our club bylaws, voting privileges start after six months of membership. Any member in good standing can run for a member-at-large position on the Board. Candidates for the office of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer shall be limited to members who have been CAA members for at least two years, and who have attended at least half of the membership meetings during the preceding two years, or who are recommended by the Board.

The CAA Board consists of the four executive officers and the three members-at-large.

June 13 CAA Monthly Meeting

Photo: Paul Harding - CWRU
Paul Harding – CWRU

The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will conduct its monthly club meeting beginning at 7:30 PM, Monday, June 13 at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Nature Center. Nonmembers are welcome to attend.

The night’s speaker Dr. Paul Harding, Observatory Manager, Department of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University will discuss “Expanding the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to the Southern Hemisphere.”

April Meeting: Telescope “Show & Tell”

The General Membership Meeting (April 11) will feature telescopes brought in and presented by CAA members. This is an excellent opportunity to compare various sorts of telescopes, especially for those looking to purchase their own. Non-member guests are welcome to attend! A business meeting follows the program. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Nature Center; 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted.

January 11 Meeting and Talk

Our first CAA meeting of the new year will be held this Monday (Jan. 11) at 7:30 PM in the Rocky River Nature Center. Our guest speaker at 7:30 PM will be NASA scientist Dr. Geoffrey Landis, who will discuss NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) program. Dr. Landis has presented several talks for our club and always has an interesting program. Our regular business meeting follows the presentation. Hope to see you there!

November 9 Membership Meeting, plus: “How Astronomy and Physics Collide at CERN”

Photo: Dr. Glenn D. Starkman. Credit: CWRU
Dr. Glenn D. Starkman
The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will have our monthly membership meeting this coming Monday (Nov. 9) at 7:30 PM in the Rocky River Nature Center.  Our speaker at 7:30 will be Dr. Glenn Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University.  His topic will be: “The Big Bang to the Milky Way: How Astronomy and Physics Collide at CERN.” Non-members are invited to attend this timely talk. As usual, the monthly general membership meeting will take place following the presentation. A Board Meeting will be held at 6:30 PM before our regular meeting. Board meetings are open to all CAA members.

NOTE: This will be the final membership meeting for 2015. In December the CAA organizes a members-only holiday gathering in place of a formal meeting.