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All Observatory Events Have Been CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...
Meetings will occur
via ZOOM as described below...

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now with over 1,041,389 confirmed cases in Ohio, the ACA will move forward by conducting our meetings online via ZOOM. Our next ACA monthly meeting will be:

Friday March 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM - via Zoom

Our presentation at 8:00 PM will a video from the W. M. Keck Observatory web site
Speaker: Samantha Trumbo, Ph.D. Candidate in Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology
Her Talk Title:
The Surface of Europa: A Window To The Ocean Below

Abstract: Jupiterís moon Europa is a prime target for exploring habitability in the Solar System. Beneath a comparatively thin ice shell, Europa harbors a global, salty, liquid-water ocean that is likely in contact with a rocky seafloor. Its geologically young, fractured surface suggests a history of exchange between the ocean and surface environments, such that the surface composition may reflect that of the internal ocean to some degree. However, the interpretation of surface constituents as oceanic signatures is complicated by the fact that Europaís surface is continuously altered by particle radiation and sulfur from the volcanoes of Jupiterís moon Io, which creates a complex tapestry of internally and externally derived materials. Using Keck, we have been working to unravel such complexities and have begun to change our understanding of Europaís surface chemistry, internal composition, and the relationship between the two, providing a renewed glimpse into the ocean below.

There will be a half hour social time before the program

To log into this virtual meeting on Zoom, at or a few minutes prior to 7:30 PM, click HERE
or copy and paste this URL: https://zoom.us/j/93052288593 into your browser

You may need the following

Meeting ID:
930 5228 8593

To call in by telephone (no video) in Eastern US call:
+1 929 205 6099


All ACA Observatory Events have been  CANCELLED.until Further Notice....

Please keep your eye on this website and, if you're a member,
your email account for important club communications in the future.

About The Club

Welcome to the Astronomy Club of Akron (ACA) webpage. The ACA has been a distinguished northeast Ohio organization since 1949. The purpose of the ACA is to further an interest in and promote the study of the subject of Astronomy and related sciences. The ACA will promote public interest in these sciences through the use of lectures, forums, discussion groups, publications, programs, research, instruction, and other relevant educational, scientific and literary activities.

The ACA will educate the general public through monthly programs and star parties. These programs, lectures and events cover such astronomical phenomena as the planets, solar/lunar observing, seasonal constellations, comets, meteor showers, and deep sky objects. The club also offers an annual telescope seminar on the selection, use and care of binoculars, refractors, reflectors, mounts and photographic equipment.

The ACA activities provide opportunities for its general membership to get together and participate in a variety of general astronomy related issues. There are a number of services for members. We have our own observing site and club telescope located in Portage Lakes State Park. We own a number of telescopes available for use. Many club members donate their time and services to local schools, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, as well as to the general public. The Astronomy Club of Akron has a program to assist members of your scout group with obtaining their Astronomy Merit Badges. For more information please send an e-mail to our outreach program located on our contacts page.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. No equipment is necessary and no knowledge is needed. There is no age limit!  Club members meet on the 4th Friday of every month (except June, July, August, and December) at 8:00 PM at the either the New Franklin City Hall or the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center.  Our meeting in November is usually, but not always, on the 3rd Friday to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please check our meeting schedule to be certain of date and location.

The ACA publishes a monthly newsletter, The Night Sky, which contains information on upcoming meetings, observing sessions, and articles by and for members.

The ACA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

To contact club officers with questions or comments, please visit our Contacts page
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