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"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."

– Sir Fred Hoyle

  

upcoming EVENTs

AT THE eASTERN ioWA oBSERVATORY AND LEARNING CENTER

 


 

    • The next monthly business meeting will be on December 5th, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm at the IBEW Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids. (Just off of 16th AVE SW on Wiley Blvd). 

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    • The next public presentation will be November 30th 2019 at 7:30pm at the Observatory.

    See the Public Events Page for more details on this year's events. 

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    • The observatory is only open for scheduled Public Events (see navigation link at right) and for reserved events. If you would like to make arrangements for a group visit, and you can round up 15 or more attendees, then leave a request at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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    • The list of available books and media in the associaton's library has been updated. You can download the list on the "Documents" page under the heading Books and media available in the EIOLC library (543kB pdf). Last updated 5 October, 2018. Lists 779 items, about 20 of them new since June, 2018.
     
  • The CAA Tri-Fold Brochure was updated in October, 2018. You will also find that on the Documents page.
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  • Please send questions to: "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.".  

     

  • Download a map (276 kB pdf) to Pal-Dows Preserve.

Come Explore Your Universe!

 

Members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA) host public and private group events at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center. The EIOLC is located on the grounds of Palisades-Dows Preserve, between Mount Vernon and Ely, Iowa.

 

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.

 

INQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO

Email
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Voicemail
319.848.2068

Postal Address
Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc.
P.O. Box 10786
Cedar Rapids IA 52410

Society Officers
President,
Greg Frohner
Vice President,
John Leeson
Secretary,
Wendell Clifton
Treasurer,
Carl Bracken

 

 

 

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The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve.
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The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at Palisades-Dows Preserve. Winter aerial view.