CVAS Events

 

CVAS business meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Hobbs Observatory classroom (unless an alernate location is announced). New members welcome.


CVAS club nights are held through out the year typically on a clear Fridays near a new or waxing moon.  If you're interested in joining CVAS this a great time to stop out and meet some of the members.  If you have a scope and need assistance with it, bring it along and we'll try to help you out.  Send an email to cvastro.org@gmail.com to let us know you'll be visiting.

 

Hobbs Observatory Astronomical Series (HOAS) programs are held at 8pm on the third Saturday of the month January through November in the Hobbs Observatory classroom.  

 

Public observing sessions follow all HOAS programs.  Additional public observing sessions are held on clear Saturdays May though October (except 8/19 and 8/26) as volunteers are available.  Public observing starts about an hour after sunset for about two hours.   Please check this calendar for the latest schedule and read the "Public Observing Etiquette" below.   Larger sized groups, such as cub scouts, girl scouts, boy scouts, etc - should arrange a private observing session.

 

Private observing sessions and programs for groups can be arranged by contacting Beaver Creek Reserve

 

CVAS 2016 Calendar:  

January 2017  (No public observing except on 1/21 this month)


January 3nd @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.   

 

January 18th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

"Worm Holes " by CVAS member Allan Moose.

 

This program topic is best suited for high school and up.

 

February 2017 (No public observing except on 2/18 this month)


February 7th@ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.   

 

February 18th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

Planets Around Other Stars
Nathan Miller
Department of Physics and Astronomy
UW – Eau Claire
For centuries, astronomers have dreamed about the possibility of
planets orbiting other stars, but until recently the planets which make
up our own solar system were the only planets known. Now, over
3400 planets have been discovered and more are continually being
found. This talk will focus the methods astronomers use to discover
these planets and how their properties are determined. Interesting
comparisons can be made to the planets in our own solar system. I will
conclude with a brief discussion of what these new planet discoveries
tell us about the possibility of life elsewhere in the galaxy. This talk will
help prepare you to understand the news reports that are sure to be
coming in the next few years in this exciting and rapidly-developing
area of science.
Exciting Discoveries of Planets Orbiting Other Stars
Dr Nathan Miller
Department of Physics and Astronomy
UW – Eau Claire
For centuries, astronomers have dreamed about the possibility of
planets orbiting other stars, but until recently the planets which make
up our own solar system were the only planets known. Now, over
3400 planets have been discovered and more are continually being
found. This talk will focus the methods astronomers use to discover
these planets and how their properties are determined. Interesting
comparisons can be made to the planets in our own solar system. I will
conclude with a brief discussion of what these new planet discoveries
tell us about the possibility of life elsewhere in the galaxy. This talk will
help prepare you to understand the news reports that are sure to be
coming in the next few years in this exciting and rapidly-developing
area of science.

 

March 2017 (No public observing except on 3/18 this month)


March 7th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

March 18th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

"From the Earth to Moon" by CVAS member Bert Moritz.

 

This program topic is appropriate all ages.


April 2017 (No public observing except on 4/15 this month)


April 4th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

April 15th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

"Worm Holes In Space " by CVAS member Allan Moose (repeat performance from January).

 

This program topic is best suited for middle school and up.


May 2017


May 2rd @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

May 6th - Astronomy Day @ UWEC from 10am to 3pm.  


http://www.uwec.edu/planetarium/astroday.htm

 

May 6th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.  

 

May 13th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about an hour after sunset for two hours.  

 

May 20st @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

 

"It's About Time" by CVAS member Emmett Kyle.

Learn about time keeping throughout history. How time relates to the earth, the sun and astronomy.
Some properties of time. Time keeping of the present. Atomic clocks and GPS.

May 28th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about an hour after sunset for two hours.  

June 2017

 

June 3th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours. 


June 6th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

June 10th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours. 

 

June 17th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.


"Orientation to the Night Sky." by CVAS member Heidi Conde


Increase your enjoyment of the night sky by understanding the apparent motion of celestial bodies.  Learn to use a planisphere to navigate the constellations.  This program is participatory and hands-on, and is suitable for ages 10 and up.

 

 

June 24th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.  


July 2017


July 1st - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours. 


July 4th - NO CVAS BUSINESS MEETING - Happy Independence Day!


July 8th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


July 11th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.


July 15th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

"The Great American Eclipse" by CVAS member John Schomburg

 

July 22nd - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


July 29rd - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear.  Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours. 

August 2017    (No HOAS program this month)


August 1st @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

August 5th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.

August 12th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.

August 19th - Observatory closed, no HOAS program or public observing this Saturday.

August 21st - Total solar eclipse across the USA.  

CVAS will have a small solar telescope available for safe eclipse viewing from

about 11:30am to 2:00pm in front of Hobbs Observatory

 

The UWEC Physics and Astronomy Department will have solar scopes and
other safe viewing methods available in the outdoor amplitheater between
Davies and Schofield from about noon to 2:30pm

For those viewing the partial eclipse in Eau Claire:

Start of partial eclipse  11:47:03am
Maximum eclipse : 1:09:58pm
End of partial eclipse: 2:31:56pm

The moon will cover just less than 82% of the sun

August 25th-27th - Northwoods Starfest 2017.   More information will be available in late May 2017.

 

August 26th - Observatory closed, no public observing this Saturday due to Northwoods Starfest.  Registration is required to attend.

September 2017


September 2rd  - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.

 

September 5th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

September 9th  - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.

 

September 16th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

Topic: TBD

 

September 23th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


September 30th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours


October 2017

 

October 3rd @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

October 7th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


October 14th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


October 21st @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.

 

Topic: TBD

 

October 22nd  - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.

 

October 29th - Public Observing @ Hobbs Observatory if skies are clear. Observing starts about  an hour after sunset for two hours.


November 2017 (No public observing except on 11/18)


November 7th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.

 

November 18th @ 8:00pm HOAS in the Hobbs Observatory Classroom. Public observing following the program if skies are clear.


Topic: TBD


December 2017(No public observing or HOAS this month)


December 5th @ 7:30pm - CVAS Business meeting at Hobbs.



Public Observing Etiquette

  • Park in the observatory parking lots, do not drive onto the observing field.  Orange cones indicate limits of vehicles.
  • When approaching the observing field with a flashlight, be sure to point it at the ground and not the observers.  Red lights are preferred.  You can find red "tail-light tape" at an automotive store to tape over a regular flashlight
  • It takes 20 to 30 minutes for eyes to adjust to the dark, and a flash of light (even from a cell phone) will cause everyone who sees it to have to wait to get their night vision back, which could become a safety issue.  Viewing dim galaxies and nebulae in our telescopes is difficult if your night vision has been compromised.
  • For some public observing sessions CVAS members use their own scopes which need to be setup before the observing sessions begins.  Wait until the CVAS members are present to touch or use the scopes.
  • Be sure to dress for the occasion! Plan for temperatures 20 to 30 degrees colder than the day time high. 
  • Bugs and mosquitoes will abound.  If you need to apply repellent please move far far away from any telescope equipment.  Overspray can carry a great distance and is very damaging to the optical surfaces.
  • Keep small children under close supervision around the equipment.