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News & Announcements

June CCAS Events (details below in May 31 entry and the June 2023 FLL located on the Publications – Monthly Newsletter web page):

June 1, 7:30 PM – Exoplanets, Dr. Peter Plavchan, George Mason University (Zoom only)

To be scheduled – June Star Party Window, Werner Schmidt Observatory

May 31, 2023 Update

June Lecture – June 1, 7:30 PM

Dr. Peter Plavchan, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University (Zoom only)

The Zoom link has been circulated by email.

Topic: Exoplanets

Bio and Further Information:



June Star Party Window – To be scheduled

During the week of the Star Party Window, CCAS will choose one evening to hold a Star Party, weather permitting.  The specific date and time will be announced during the afternoon of that date via email to our mailing list and posted here on the Home Page and Calendar page of the web site.  Star Parties are held in the evening at the Werner Schmidt Observatory.

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 Wednesday: CCAS Officers and Committees Meeting; CCAF Board Meeting

Week of the new moon: Star Party

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 5:30pm; (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.