this website is currently under construction. Stay tuned for updates.
- If the sky is clear, the observatory will be open to view the Geminids meteor shower on Friday night, Dec. 13 through early Saturday. It will likely be a poor 'show' because of the 85% full moon that does not set until 3:45am Saturday, but die hard meteor observers will still be out. Watch this space on Friday for an announcement. - John, Observatory Director.
- The next Public Event will take place on March 29, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The topic and presenter is yet to be determined. (See the Events page for additional information)
The January CAA Business meeting will be at St. Luke’s Resource Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Appointment of committee members and section heads is on the agenda. The new 2014 elected officers take office.
- Download a flyer with all of the 2014 Public Event dates and times (1.5MB pdf)
- Download a map (276 kB pdf) to Pal-Dows Preserve.
A listing of publications and media available in the EIOLC library are on the Documents page.
Welcome to the website of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc.
Thank you to all who attended our events!
As well as being a member society of the Astronomical League, the CAA is a member of NASA's Night Sky Network, a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy societies committed to sharing their time, their telescopes, and their enthusiasm for astronomy with their local communities. The CAA hosts public viewing nights during the year and information about those public observing nights can be found on the Events page of the website.
The Society serves its members, the public, local school districts, youth groups, as well as college and university classes. We have also hosted state and regional conventions in Cedar Rapids. Since its founding, the Society's membership has grown from 12 members to over 100. Our members come from all walks of life and with all levels of interest in astronomy.
The Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc. was founded on September 29, 1979, and incorporated in 1980. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the CAA is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve is jointly operated by the Cedar Amateur Astronomers and the Linn County Conservation Board.
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