Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club

The Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club is a group of like-minded astronomy enthusiasts who appreciate and observe the wonders of our universe.


Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club

Charlotte , NC
United States
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The mission of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club is to share our passion for amateur astronomy with the community through education and public outreach while providing the highest value astronomy club experience for our members. It is through this sharing process that we will work to build a greater appreciation of the dark night sky that will help protect its natural beauty from the encroachment of artificial lighting.

General Info

The CAAC was established in 1954 by local astronomy devotees, Charlotte Kelly and Forrest Selby who sought to share their experiences with other individuals in their area. We currently have approximately 120 members of various experience levels – from the beginner to the most advanced, serving an eight-to-ten county geography roughly centered on Charlotte, North Carolina. Each month, club members gather as a group for a meeting to share our night and day-time sky observing experiences and to hear from speakers who present a multitude of astronomy related topics to our members in their lectures. Throughout the year, the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club sponsors several community and private events to share our passion of the night sky at “star parties”. Here, club members assemble with their telescopes and allow the public to view the magnificence of the heavens that they have most likely only seen in books. The Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club’s greatest physical asset is the “Gayle H. Riggsbee Observatory” where club members gather under dark skies, away from bright city lights, to view and photograph celestial objects using their own personal equipment or one of the club’s three large telescopes. Access to the club observatory is available to members who choose that membership option. Come join us, won’t you? Clear, DARK skies await your visit.

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Published on 2014-07-04 00:41:00 GMT

Do you work uptown and take lunch between 11.30am-1.30pm. If so, a couple of our club members will be outside the Central Library at the corner of East 6th & North Tryon with a couple of solar telescopes. They tell you to never look directly at the sun... and they're right. But, we can help you break that rule, while keeping your eyesight. Come on down and say hello. Both to us, and your local star!

Published on 2014-08-06 06:13:00 GMT

Hope for clear skies tonight! We will be helping Discovery Place hold their Statewide Star party event tonight on the top deck of their parking lot in uptown Charlotte. Come out and join us for some beautiful views of the Moon, Venus & Jupiter. Starting at 7pm as we set up telescopes and enjoy the sun setting and the planets appearing. With the best views coming after about 8pm, event ending at 10pm. Hope to see you out there!