Rounding out the year

November and December will see two excellent speakers present talks, rounding out this most unusual year for the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s (CAA). COVID-19 isolation restrictions on group gatherings, and closed meeting facilities caused the club to take its meetings online via the Zoom cloud service. Normally the club hosts a December dinner in lieu of a meeting but since the dinner cannot be held, there will be a December “virtual” meeting complete with speaker.


Suzie Dills

Coming November 9: Suzie Dills, longtime CAA member and director of the Hoover-Price Planetarium in Canton, Ohio, will give a talk entitled “Women in Astronomy.” Dills will tell us stories of female astronomers’ inspirations, science, and contributions which have been and often are unheralded.


Glenn StarkmanDecember 14: Professor Glenn Starkman, co-chair of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University will present “The Big Bang and Beyond.” Dr. Starkman will take us to the beginnings of space and time, and show us what we know, what we think we know, and what we wish we knew.

Attendees may join the Zoom meeting beginning at 7:20 p.m. the nights of CAA scheduled meetings and meetings begin at 7:30. Details will be published on this website on how to join our meetings.

Our Amazing Moon

The video linked here is a recording of the presentation portion of the October 12, 2020 Zoom meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA). The presenter is CAA president William Murmann whose chief interest in astronomy is Earth’s own Moon. A brief question and answer exchange is included at the end of Murmann’s talk. This video, hosted at Vimeo, will eventually become unavailable.

October 12 monthly meeting takes place via Zoom

Because our regular meeting place is closed in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, meetings of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) are taking place via the popular Zoom service.

The title of tonight’s talk is “Our Amazing Moon” presented by our local lunar expert Bill Murmann. He will discuss our nearest neighbor in space and the critical role it plays in our lives, and the possible role it may play in our future.

Here is how to attend the October 12 meeting via Zoom when “doors open” t 7:20 p.m. —

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: 987 496 1637

Or….

Zoom Video with video and audio, on your web browser. (No camera required)

https://csuohio.zoom.us/j/9874961637 (No password to enter)

If you are tech-savvy, go to Zoom.com, you can download and install their app on your phone, tablet, or computer, then join our meeting using the Meeting Number given above.

Meeting Agenda

7:20 Meeting will be opened to everyone. (Socializing is welcomed!)

7:30 Opening Announcement will be made (All will be muted)

Introduction of President for commentary

Vice President will introduce our speaker for the evening

Speaker will ‘take the floor’. (No questions during the presentation)

Question & Answer session (Please be patient, it does take time to manipulate)

8:20 (ish) President calls the CAA Business Meeting to Order (All Muted)

At conclusion of the meeting, everyone is welcome to stay to socialize.

June 8 Membership Meeting Zoomed!

Members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) have been unable to meet in person. To move forward and present the year’s lineup of excellent program speakers, the June 8 meeting was conducted via Zoom, the popular video conferencing service.

Since this was the CAA’s first effort at a video conference meeting, the event was advertised to members only. At peak 27 members attended and were treated to a Powerpoint-illustrated talk by Benjamin Monreal, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University. The subject was “Engineering and Imaging in the Largest Telescopes” Besides explaining how the world’s largest telescopes sharply focus light from distant stars, Dr. Monreal described his own unique concept for a ground-based instrument.

One advantage of video conferencing, besides seeing into member’s homes and watching cats “play dead,” is that the meetings are recorded. If you were unable to participate or simply want to see the proceedings, play the video we have embedded above.