The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project (CBSAP) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. There are chapters throughout the U.S. and in countries on every continent globally.
The program brings observatory quality narrowband solar telescopes and cameras to schools, museums, libraries and community organizations to teach students and adults about the Sun, our closet star. Hopefully, as students and adults see solar activity in the Sunís photosphere and chromosphere, it may spark or reinforce an interest in the sciences.
We also provide current solar information, research and STEM activities to aid their understanding of the sun.
Charlie and Susan Bates were Air Force veterans and accomplished Air Traffic Controllers in Atlanta, GA. Charlie had a lust for life like no other. Susan was the glue that held the family together. Charlie and Susan would go out of their way on every occasion to reach out and be kind to most everyone. He was an exceedingly generous person and was very eager to help anyone who needed it. You could ALWAYS count on Charlie Bates. After the untimely death from breast cancer of Susan Bates and then tragically, Charlie Bates in 2008, Stephen Ramsden, a Navy Veteran and retired Air Traffic Controller started this outreach program in their honor.