"Suns haste to set, that so remoter lights beckon the wanderer to his vaster home."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson




Please check this page periodically for updated information on special topics and presentations as they become known.

Jan 3 –  St. Luke’s

Feb 7 –  St. Luke’s

Mar 7 –  St. Luke's

Apr 4 –  EIOLC

May 2 –  EIOLC

Jun 6 –  EIOLC

Jul 11 – EIOLC

Aug 1 –  EIOLC

Sep 5 –  EIOLC

Oct 3 –  EIOLC

Nov 7 –  EIOLC

Dec 5 –  St. Luke’s : Election of Officers and Annual Pot Luck dinner


The CAA holds monthly business meetings starting at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are at either the Resource Center of St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids or, during the warmer months, at the EIOLC at Palisades-Dows Observatory. The business meetings include presentations and discussions of a variety of astronomy related subject matter that is relevant to current and upcoming events as well as discussion of club operations and business topics. Visitors who may be intersested in joining are welcome to attend.

Map to St. Luke's Resource Center

Resource Center

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Map to Palisades-Dows Observatory

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From the Cedar Rapids metro area and points north of the Coralville Lake, Ivanhoe Road can be reached from Highway 27 (Interstate 380) and Highway 30. From points near Mt Vernon and south of the Coralville Lake, such as Iowa City, Ivanhoe Road can be reached from Highway 1. Directions to the observatory are indicated by brown State Park signs at the entrances to Ivanhoe Road and near the observatory's driveway at 1365 Ivanhoe Road.

Watch out for deer! The area around the observatory is heavily wooded and populated with wildlife.