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.

October 2015: Monthly Membership Meeting

Photo: CWRU Prof. Corbin Covault. Photo by James Guilford.
CWRU Prof. Corbin Covault

On Monday, October 12, at 7:30 PM, the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will meet at the Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070. The program is free and open to the public.

The night’s speaker will be Corbin Covault, professor and associate chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, who will discuss OSETI: Optical SETI, a means of searching for extra-terrestrial life. Where the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) most often seeks radio frequency evidence, OSETI looks for signals that might be generated by extraterrestrial civilizations employing coherent light.

The scientist’s proposal for a Northeastern Ohio OSETI facility will also be discussed. Following Dr. Covault’s talk, the CAA will convene its regular members’ business meeting.

Telescope show and tell

Photo: Broadhurst, Clarkson & Company Refractor from England. Photo by James Guilford.
Broadhurst, Clarkson & Company Refractor from England

Among the member-owned telescopes shown and discussed at the June 8, 2015 meeting was a lovely antique refracting telescope. The ca. 1900 Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co. instrument was made in London. CAA member Steve discovered the scope while visiting England, purchased it, and shipped it home. The brass beauty needed no refurbishment by its new owner and sits atop a tall, wooden tripod with a unique mount. Steve told the audience the telescope was built to be used for both terrestrial and celestial observing. Interestingly, however, when the scope is arranged to view distant objects on land or sea, the user would likely need a step stool to reach the eyepiece!

June 8 meeting: All about ‘scopes

The June 2015 meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will feature a gathering of telescopes. Members are invited to bring their personal telescopes to the meeting so that various designs can be seen and compared, all in one place.

The meeting begins Monday, June 8, at 7:30 PM at the Rocky River Nature Center; 24000 Valley Parkway; North Olmsted, Ohio. Visitors are welcome!

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