Clemson Area Amateur Astronomers

The Universe From Here

Our Mission

Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain by providing a varied and interesting program of activities for our membership and the communities we serve.  Our projects include educational programs and presentations by guest speakers and our members, public star parties, field observation of various astronomical events and trips to observatories and other space science venues. If you are as interested in Astronomy as we are, we hope you will join us at one of our star parties, meetings, or lectures. If you would like to become a member please click HERE.

January 2019 Sky Report:

(By Jim Feiste)
“How faint the tune. Somewhere there's heaven. How high the moon?” (Ella Fitzgerald)

One of the joys of Amateur Astronomy is the sense of wonder one can feel from exploring and understanding the nature that surrounds us.  On Christmas day, while we were driving east on I-85, my wife and my mother-in-law noticed that the moon appeared red in color and much larger than normal as it passed the horizon.  Then, as we continued, the moon seemed to return to its normal color and size as it rose into the sky.  What was going on?  

50 years ago last Christmas, Apollo 8 flew humans around the far side of the moon for the first time.  This year, on Jan 2, China landed a probe on the far side of the moon.  And, on Jan 20-21, we will witness a Total Lunar Eclipse! 

In honor of these events (and at Debbie’s request), I am devoting this month’s newsletter to the Earth’s moon…. More...

CAAA Club News

The next meeting is Monday, February 4th, at 7pm . Telescopes will be set up outside the library at 6:30 pm for a public viewing – everyone’s invited! 

Recent Member Photos and Drawings

CAAA has been a NASA Night Sky Network member since 2004. The Night Sky Network(NSN) is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public.


Upcoming Events

  • Total Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon, Supermoon

    January 20 @ 10:30 pm - January 21 @ 2:00 am

    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umb...

  • Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

    January 22 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am

    A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on January 22. The two bright planets will be vis...

  • New Moon

    February 4 @ 5:00 pm

    The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night ...

  • February Meeting

    February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Central-Clemson Library

  • Full Moon, Supermoon

    February 19 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be f...

For More Information Contact:

Ram White, President

Tom Wehrman, Program Coordinator

Jim Feiste, Secretary

Bill West, Treasurer

Stan Smith, Outreach Coordinator & Webmaster

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