In recognition of the work the observatory does measuring the positions of main belt and near Earth asteroids, the Minor Planet Center (MPC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge has awarded the Werner Schmidt Observatory the observatory code I06. These objects cross the plane of the Earth’s orbit and have the potential to strike the planet, making these studies important.
CCAS has cooperative program with D-Y High School in which observatory staff members work with students in areas of astronomical studies. Recently solar studies drew 275 students out to the observatory for class time viewing of solar flares – prominences and filaments as well as sunspots.
Under the direction and mentorship of Bernie Young, our Director of Research and Development, we conduct video recording of timed lunar and asteroid occultation events, which allows members and students to provide accurate data to the scientific community. This effort requires coordination with other observatories and in some cases yields a more precise picture of the shapes of asteroids.