October 9: Monthly Membership Meeting

New Horizons Spacecraft - Artist's depiction of the spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto/Charon system in July 2015. Image Credit: NASA
New Horizons Spacecraft – Artist’s depiction of the spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto/Charon system in July 2015. Image Credit: NASA

The Monthly Membership Meeting of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will take place on Monday, October 9, beginning at 7:30 PM. An astronomy presentation is first, followed by a social break, and wrapped up with the club’s business meeting.

The night’s program will be a presentation by CAA member Kai Getrost entitled “New Horizons’ Next Target: The Kuiper Belt.” Getrost enjoyed the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to Argentina as part of a 50-team effort to observe and record data on a rare Kuiper Belt object occultation. A distant object, selected as the next object for study by the New Horizons spacecraft, passed in front of a star; data collected from the event has given astronomers a better understanding of the distance and movement of their target.

Free and open to the public, the program and meeting will take place at the at the Rocky River Nature Center; 24000 Valley Parkway; North Olmsted, Ohio, in the Cleveland Metroparks.

Monday, September 11: Monthly Membership Meeting

Image: Artist's concept of Cassini spacecraft at Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
In this still from the short film Cassini’s Grand Finale, the spacecraft is shown diving between Saturn and the planet’s innermost ring. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association (CAA) will host its monthly meeting at 7:30 PM, Monday, September 11 in the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Nature Center, North Olmsted. The speaker will be Jay Reynolds who will discuss NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn and its finale, set to occur September 15. The program is free and open to the public, no reservations required.

The Cassini spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn this Friday, ending an extremely productive seven-year mission. This encounter will be like no other. This time, Cassini will dive into the planet’s atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft’s antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor.

In addition to being a research astronomer who teaches at Cleveland State University, Reynolds is CAA’s observatory director. He frequently appears on Cleveland television, hosting a show about astronomy on WKYC, Channel 3.

Following the program, the club’s monthly membership meeting will convene.

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.

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.