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ATTENTION! January Meeting Cancelled due to Snowy Conditions

The Columbus Astronomical Society has decided to cancel the January Meeting due to snowy conditions.  Also, because of the piled-up snow at Perkins Observatory parking lot, and the potential for icy conditions driving up to the observatory, the parking will be limited or unavailable.

We apologize for any convenience.  We are working to reschedule this month’s speaker for another meeting.

CANCELLED: Upcoming Meeting – January 13th, 2018 – Field Trip Through the Solar System: Mercury to Pluto

CANCELLED due to snowy conditions and limited available parking at Perkins Observatory.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please join us at 8:00pm, January 13th, 2018 at Perkins Observatory for a presentation by James St. John from the Ohio State University at Newark Geology Department. James will discuss the geology and features of all the planets and major moons or our Solar System.  Plus hints of some major changes in the configuration of our Solar System.  You will not want to miss it!

Refreshments will be provided and if it is clear, please feel free to bring a telescope or binoculars to observe with afterwards.

Upcoming Meeting – September 9th, 2017 – Eclipse Stories, Solar and Night Time Observing at Perkins!

Society Member Brad Hoehne took this star trail picture during the July meeting at Perkins Observatory.
This weekend, CAS will be doing an informal observing gathering of members and guests at Perkins Observatory.  Solar observing starts at 6pm until meeting start time at 8pm.  We will have a short membership meeting from 8 to 9pm where some members will share some stories of their eclipse experience.  Afterwards, around 9pm, we will be doing night observing.
If you are a new member, and need some telescope assistance or tune-up, please bring your equipment and we can help you get it working.
Instead of donuts, CAS will be ordering pizza around 7pm!
We hope to see you there!!

CAS Unveils New Official logo

Columbus Astronomical Society Official Logo

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.

CAS Participates in the Annual 10TV and Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure

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!

CAS Members pose for a picture at the event. (Photo Credit: Janet Dixon)
Perkins Observatory Director, Tom Burns, shares fun stories with CAS President Jason Hissong and Trustee Mike Henry (Photo Credit: Janet Dixon)
Society member Brad Hoehne shares how the Sun is structured to one of the attendees. (Photo Credit: Jason Hissong)
A family enjoys safe views of the sun. (Photo Credit: Jason Hissong)
Perkins Observatory Director, Tom Burns, explains how to use special solar eclipse glasses to a young guest. (Photo Credit: Jason Hissong)