Our Next Monthly Meeting

Mon, September 13, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. You can attend in person or online


This month’s speaker will be Larry McHenry, giving a presentation on “The Local Group of Galaxies (What are they, and How to Observe Them)”.

Larry will discuss what he’s learned during his observing ‘journey’ among the Local Group. He’ll review what are galaxies in general and what is the Local Group and its place in the universe, along with some of the people, both historical and modern, behind these objects, and how to go about observing them.

Larry has been active in amateur astronomy for over 40 years, and is a member of the Kiski Astronomers, and the Oil Region Astronomical Society (ORAS) in Western Pennsylvania.

You can learn more about Larry’s astronomical interests online at his web portal: http://www.stellar-journeys.org/


Directions: Our meeting in a condo association club house. The street address is 10748 Independence Dr, North Royalton, OH. Drive all the way to the end of the drive, about a half mile from the street. You can park next to the club house or on the street.

Online: You can join our meetings on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95482686049


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July meeting: A visit to the Very Large Array!

The July 12, 2021 membership meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will take place via the Zoom online service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Join Alan Studt and Gale Franko as they relive their visit to the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico. The site of these giant, moveable radio telescopes is where the movie Contact, was filmed.

Attendees may join the Zoom meeting beginning at 7:20 p.m. the nights of CAA scheduled meetings, and meetings begin at 7:30.

The evening will begin with introductions and a program by the featured speaker. The talk will be followed by the monthly membership business meeting, typically concluding at about 9 p.m. Guest attendees are welcome.

To attend:

You can either “Phone in” or watch and participate via “Zoom Video”.

Phone In:  Just dial:  1-312-626-6799  (Chicago number)

You will be required to enter our meeting number:  954 8268 6049

Zoom Video with video and audio, on your web browser. (No camera required)
https://zoom.us/j/95482686049

Or download the desktop application from: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

Moons of Jupiter and Saturn at the June meeting

was captured last week by NASA's robotic Juno spacecraft as it passed only about 1,000 kilometers above the immense moon. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
This image of Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, was captured last week by NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft as it passed only about 1000 kilometers above the immense moon. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

The June 14, 2021 membership meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will take place via the Zoom online service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gary Kader, CAA member and director of the Burrell Observatory at Baldwin Wallace University, will present a talk dealing with the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn.

Attendees may join the Zoom meeting beginning at 7:20 p.m. the nights of CAA scheduled meetings, and meetings begin at 7:30.

The evening will begin with introductions and a program by the featured speaker. The talk will be followed by the monthly membership business meeting, typically concluding at about 9 p.m. Guest attendees are welcome.

To attend:

You can either “Phone in” or watch and participate via “Zoom Video”.

Phone In:  Just dial:  1-312-626-6799  (Chicago number)

You will be required to enter our meeting number:  954 8268 6049

Zoom Video with video and audio, on your web browser. (No camera required)
https://zoom.us/j/95482686049

Or download the desktop application from: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

May 10 Membership Meeting to feature Sky & Telescope editor

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Kelly Beatty

The May 10, 2021 membership meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will take place via the Zoom online service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s speaker will be Kelly Beatty, Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, whose talk is entitled “Darkness in Distress”

Light pollution, simply put, is any unnecessary or excessive outdoor illumination. Sadly, it has become a pervasive and ugly consequence of modern 24/7 society. Light pollution robs us of the night sky’s beauty, negatively affects the ecosystem, and creates an in-your-face waste of energy. But a new mindset and new technology are poised to slow — and perhaps reverse — this bane of modern life. Learn how you can safely light up your home, business, and community without wasting energy, disturbing your neighbors, or creating an unhealthy environment for humans and wildlife.

Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he is a Senior Editor for Cambridge-based Sky & Telescope magazine. He enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He served for a decade on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.

Here are some websites Beatty recommends:

Globe at Night
https://www.globeatnight.org/

Dark Sky Map
https://www.darkskymap.com/

Light Pollution Map
https://lighttrends.lightpollutionmap.info/

International Dark-Sky Association
https://www.darksky.org/