2019 Cedar Amateur Astronomers Public Observing Event
The Cedar Amateur Astronomers hosts Saturday Public Observing events featuring a guest speaker followed, if weather permits, by celestial viewings through telescopes at the facility. During viewing hours, society members will be available to answer questions and provide everyone with an opportunity to look through the Society’s telescopes.
Cedar Amateur Astronomers 2019 Public Event Schedule:
- March 30, 7:30 p.m. – Prof. Steve Spangler, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy: “Star Clusters: Cities of Stars”
- April 27, 8:00 p.m. – Brent Studer, CAA member: “Cosmic Mayhem: Supernovae, Active Galactic Nuclei, and Other High-Energy Events That Have Shaped Earth’s History.”
- May 25, 8:30 p.m. – Prof. Robert Mutel, University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy: “Was Einstein right? Experimental tests of general relativity over the past 100 years.”
- June 22, 9:00 p.m. – Dr. Scott Bounds, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy: “Light”
- July 13, 3:00 p.m. – Solar Day – Mr. Carl Bracken, Cedar Amateur Astronomers: “Our sun and solar cycles”
- July 20, 8:30 p.m. – Prof. Ken Galley, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy: “Does the Earth really orbit the Sun? The Importance of Perspective.”
- August 3, 8:30 p.m. – Prof. Cornelia Lang, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy: “University of Iowa and the Race for Space”
- August 24, 9:00 p.m. – Dr. Caroline A. Roberts, Astronomy Laboratory Coordinator and VAO Observatory Manager, University of Iowa, Department of Physics & Astronomy: “Finding Masses of Supermassive Black Holes”
- September 21, 7:30 p.m. – Prof. Ken Gayley, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Does the Earth really orbit the Sun? The Importance of Perspective.”
- October 5, 7:30 p.m. – Lunar Night (International Observe the Moon Night)
- October 19, 7:30 p.m. – Sam Ponnada, Student at The University of Iowa, “Gravbox- An Augmented Reality Sandbox for Gravitational Dynamics”
- November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Zach Luppen, Graduate Student at Iowa State University, “The Europa Clipper and JUICE Spacecraft: Two Upcoming Missions to the Jovian System”
The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center is located at Palisades-Dows Nature Preserve and Observatory on the southeast edge of Palisades-Kepler State Park. It can be reached by traveling south from Mount Vernon on Highway 1 past the bridge for the Cedar River. Directions to the observatory are indicated by brown State Park signs at the entrances to Ivanhoe Road on Highway 1 and near the observatory’s driveway at 1365 Ivanhoe Road.