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February CCAS Events (details below in the January 29 entry and in the February 2024 FLL which is posted to the Publications – Monthly Newsletter web page):

Lecture: February 1, 2024; 7:30 PM (Zoom only)

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Wellons

Topic: Simulating the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes

Star Party Window: February 12 – 17.  See details below.

January 29, 2024

Lecture: February 1, 2024, 7:30 PM (Zoom only; the link has been circulated via email)

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Wellons; Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Wesleyan University

Topic: Simulating the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes

Abstract:  In this talk, I will summarize what we know about the physical processes that govern how galaxies form and evolve, from the collapse of their dark matter halos on large scales to the energetic processes like supernovae and feedback from accreting supermassive black holes which regulate star formation.  I will describe why and how we use numerical simulations to test our understanding of this physics and will give a few highlights from some of my work on massive high-redshift galaxies showing what we can learn from such simulations.

 Star Party Window: There will be a Star Party Window from February 12 through 17, 2024, at the Werner Schmidt Observatory.  During that Window, if the weather cooperates, we will have a Star Party.  The date and time of the Star Party will be posted on this page by early afternoon of the day of the Star Party.

Jim Lynch, President CCAS

CCAS Typical Monthly Schedule (Please check website for changes, times and locations)

First of the month:  CCAS monthly newsletter sent via email and published on the website

First Thursday: Lecture

Third Thursday: CCAS Officers and Committees Meeting; CCAF Board Meeting

Week of the new moon: Star Party Window

Periodically CCAS also hosts workdays at the Werner Schmidt Observatory to maintain the Observatory or to assist members with telescope operation.  Details will be announced.

Observatory Address:

Werner Schmidt Observatory
210 Station Ave
Dennis-Yarmouth High School
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Directions to Dennis Yarmouth HS and Werner Schmidt Observatory

For information on the location of our Dome behind Dennis-Yarmouth High School, click on the purple button “Old Website” and once there, click on “Meeting Location;” viewing the two maps that are there: external for the Dome, and internal to locate the high school library where meetings are held. NOTE: We are redoing the website, so that this information may become dated soon. We intend to move any currently useful information to our new website.

For meetings, drive in the south entrance road and go around behind the main building. Park in the lot about halfway down the building and go in the back door and turn down the hall to your left to find the library.

For Star Parties at the Dome, drive in the north entrance road all the way past the north side of the main high school building, through a gate, and on to park near our Dome.

H & K Directions

CCAS hosts a dinner gathering for the speaker (if available), members and friends on meeting nights (just before the meeting) at the South Yarmouth Hearth & Kettle restaurant at 5:45 pm. (The meetings begin at 7:30 at D-Y.) Please join the group to dine and talk about all things interesting, especially astronomy, before our meeting.

The H & K is at 1196 Rt 28, South Yarmouth, about a half mile west of the Station Avenue/Main Street intersection with Rt 28 (stop light). NOTE: Since Covid, we have a mix of fully remote and hybrid in-person + remote meetings. Check the newsletter and/or website to see what the format is each month! There are no dinners when the meeting is fully remote.