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Posted: March 5, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Charlie Elliott Astronomy this month: ‘The Sun’

This month, Stephen Ramsden, our organization’s solar expert or "SunDawg," discusses our sun’s history from nebula to middle-age star and the processes that keep it shining.

The program is free and open to the public and the start time will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Visitors Center, off Highway 11, just south of Mansfield. This will also be one of our quarterly potluck dinner meetings, so bring your appetite.

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 6:40 p.m.

The main presentation will be followed by "Current Events in Astronomy & Space Exploration" and "Observing 101," both of 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 and weather-permitting, all are invited to enjoy an evening of observing near the CE Wildlife Visitors Center — either with your own telescope or by viewing through those brought by astronomy club members.

The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is located at 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, off 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, go online to http://ceastronomy.org/blog/home, or contact Theo Ramakers at (770) 464-3777; e-mail to ramakers@bellsouth.net.

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