For those who are not heading to locations in the totality path, and if you do not have special eclipse glasses, you can still enjoy the event by making a “camera obscura.”
NASA has made available plans to make a camera obscura using everyday materials to enjoy the eclipse. Let us know if you would like more information.
The weather outlook for Central Ohio and surrounding areas look promising!
The Columbus Astronomical Society would like to reveal our new official logo! Our logo represents several items of interest:
- The constellations in the background show the sky around the constellation of Cassiopeia which is abbreviated as “CAS”.
- The round logo represents looking through an eyepiece through a telescope and focusing on the State of Ohio.
- The bottom of the state outline represents the dark foreground of trees and hills like what we see in the Hocking Hills. Our club has a long standing relationship with the Hocking Hills State Park.
- The “star” in the middle represents Columbus, OH, our home. It also is the location, in reference to the background constellations, of the strong radio source of Cassiopeia A.
- 1947 is the year of our founding.
- And finally, the gradient color of the state represents the twilight sky: the transition between night and day.
10TV and the Columbus Metro Parks hosts an annual event called the Outdoor Adventure. CAS attended as an exhibiter and shared views of our closest star, the Sun, and passed out free NASA posters to guests of the event. CAS members enjoyed sharing information about the upcoming eclipse and talked about how our sun works.
CAS wishes to thank 10TV and the Metro Parks for hosting the event. Our volunteers for sharing views and knowledge of the Sun. And of course the Metro Park Rangers and staff for keeping everything running smoothly and safe throughout the event. It was a great event and fun was had by all. We look forward to next year!
It is that time again for our annual picnic August 12th, 2017. Please bring your favorite dish to share. CAS will be providing City BBQ and drinks. If the weather is fair, we will be doing some solar observing. Some may even be staying late to do some observing in the evening.
Setup begins at 4pm. The picnic starts at 6pm. And of course, our annual group photo!!