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.

December 2018 Sky Report: A Comet for Christmas

(By Jim Feiste)

There is much for amateur astronomers to celebrate this month! Whether you celebrate Hanukah (Dec 2- 10), the Winter Solstice (December 21), Christmas (Dec 25), Kwanza (Dec 26-Jan 1), or other traditions; the night-sky this December offers many gifts. The sky will be beautifully clear and dark early in the month. Comet 46P will be easily visible throughout the night all month long. Join me this month as we hitch a ride on a comet to experience the wonders of the December skies!  More...

CAAA Club News

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

This month we will be providing astronomy instruction to a local Girl Scout Troup. All members interested in participating are invited to sign up for this event. Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 6:00PM at Camp Wabak, 36 Camp Wabak Rd, Marietta, SC 29661.

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.

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Upcoming Events

  • 46P/Wirtanen Comet Encounter

    December 12

    If early predictions play out, comet 46P/ Wirtanen may brighten enough in December to be spotted eas...

  • Geminids Meteor Shower

    December 13 - December 14

    The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in th...

  • Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

    December 15

    The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 21.3 degrees from the Sun. This is the bes...

  • CAAA Girl Scout Badge Outreach

    December 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Camp Wabak

  • December Meeting (None)

    December 15 @ 6:30 pm

    Annual Christmas Party (Postponed)

  • December Solstice

    December 21

    The December solstice occurs at 22:23 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun...

  • Ursids Meteor Shower

    December 21 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm

    The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust gr...

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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