Astronomy Club marks anniversary

COVINGTON -- As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 concludes, the Charlie Elliott chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club marks this 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's astronomical use of the newly invented telescope and his subsequent discoveries with a video presentation with insight as to the personality of Galileo, the politics of his time and how he lived, worked and taught within those politics -- including his relationship with the Catholic Church -- and more.

The program is free and open to the public and the start time will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Visitors Center, off Ga. Highway 11, just south of Mansfield.

The lecture will include Professor William Shea, the holder of the Galileo Chair of the History of Science at the University of Padua, at which Galileo himself taught for 18 years, who will explain Galileo's discoveries.

A "Sunset Time Alert" will follow the feature presentation for those who wish to leave a bit early and set up observing equipment on the nearby observing field before dark, weather permitting. Sunset will occur at 6:17 p.m.

The main presentation will be followed by "Current Events in Astronomy and Space Exploration" and "Observing 101," which feature graphics and other visuals of coming celestial events, including sky locations of currently visible planets, comets and other interesting sky phenomena.

After the final presentation, everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of observing near the Wildlife Center through their own telescopes or one provided by the Astronomy Club, weather permitting.

The CE Wildlife Center is located at 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA, 30055, off Ga. Highway 11, about 10 miles south of I-20, Exit 98. The CE chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club is open to all persons and meets monthly at the CE Wildlife Visitors Center.

For more information, visit http://ceastronomy.org/blog/home, or call Theo Ramakers at 770-464-377 or e-mail ramakers@bellsouth.net.