The Young Astronomers Newsletter December 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 23 Number 1 December 2014

By Art Gormley

Posted in Astronomy, The Young Astronomers Newsletter | Comments Off

FAS Holiday Party December 2 at 7:30 PM

Join the Forsyth Astronomical Society at SciWorks on December 2nd for our 2014 Holiday gathering. This is a Potluck get together with wonderful food prepared by members to share with each other. FAS will provide drinks, plates, napkin, and plastic ware.



Steve will present his yearly club history review from the past up to the present.

Come on out and take part is should be a fun night for all.

Posted in Meeting | Tagged | Comments Off

Sleepless in America

November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET on the National Geographic Channel 

In an unprecedented partnership, NGC along with The Public Good Projects and NIH, America’s foremost scientific authority, will draw the nation’s attention to the science of sleep — a topic fundamental to our collective well-being.

This as information on the link between light pollution and sleep problems! Pass on to your friends and family.

Posted in Club News, Light Pollution | Comments Off

Club Observation Tonight (members only)

Hi FAS folks:

All week, the forecast for our club observation at Bullington tonight has been mediocre. But this morning, it has improved significantly, at least for early in the evening (there is a rain system coming in late tonight, which makes the overall forecast a bit tricky). So, for now, the observation is on. I will be checking the forecast update at noon, and if it deteriorates, I’ll send out another notice.


There is other good news. Sean Wood, our intrepid reporter on the endless bridge repairs on Highway 52, reports that the bridge at the the town of Pilot Mountain exit on Hwy 52 is now open. He also reports that gas is quite cheap as you come off of 52.


I have just updated my email list with some new members, so for some of you, this may be your first notice of a club observation at Bullington. If you don’t know where Bullington is, you can find directions on the members-only section of the FAS web site. If you have any trouble accessing that section, please let me know.

Steve C.

Sunset: 5:09 PM
Astronomical twilight: 6:40

Posted in Observation | Tagged | Comments Off

Rosetta Comet Landing Nov 12


RosettaLogo1Rosetta launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

Follow the Rosetta Mission << Click << the live Webcast starts on 11 November and will continue non-stop through landing on 12 November.

One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet – this one is named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
A 220-pound space probe called Philae will detach from its mothership Rosetta and head for a deep-space minuscule landing site on the treacherous surface of an object darker than coal that is 300 million miles from home.
NASA will provide TV coverage for an all-day-long experience that will never be forgotten.

Thanks Art Gormley for the reminder

Posted in Club News | Comments Off

Pilot Mountain Public Observation November 15, 2014

Join FAS for an evening of viewing the sky above.

Where: Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina 

When: November 15, 2014

Time: sunset is at 5:13 PM

FAS members will be gathering before Sunset, setting up their telescopes and other equipment. The public is welcome to join in and view the night sky. 


Weather permitting some members may setup for solar viewing during the afternoon.

This event is weather dependent, if the sky is cloudy we will try again November 22nd. Keep a eye on this site and SciWorks for weather updates.


Hi FAS folks:

Our Fall public observation at Pilot Mountain is scheduled for this Saturday, November 15. Currently, the weather forecast is favorable, but I will send out a weather update on Friday afternoon. If we have to cancel due to rain (or snow), we will try for the next Saturday, November 22.

There is cold weather coming in this week, and remember that it is always much colder (and windy) up at the top of the mountain, so please dress accordingly.

Steve C.

Sunset 5:15 PM
Astronomical twilight: 6:40


Posted in Observation, Outreach, Pilot Mountain | Comments Off

The Young Astronomers Newsletter November 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 12 November 2014

By Art Gormley

Posted in The Young Astronomers Newsletter | Comments Off

One week, one giant sunspot, six massive solar flares

Check out this report –

One week, one giant sunspot, six massive solar flares with more information at Space Weather.


Posted in Astronomy | Comments Off

October 28, 2014 Club Meeting

Join Forsyth Astronomical Society (FAS) for our monthly meeting 7:30PM, October 28, 2014 at SciWork in Winston-Salem NC.


Paul Jones will give a talk on planetary imaging and should have a good deal of information about this exciting art form of Astronomy.



There will be a short business meeting after the talk.

Upcoming Events –

Posted in Club News, Meeting | Comments Off

North Carolina Milky Way

This was take by John Leyendecker sent at Doughton Park on 10-24-14.
Nice night!


Posted in Dark Sky Sites | Tagged | Comments Off