July Meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society 7/25

The Forsyth Astronomical Society will host their next monthly meeting on July 25th at 7:30 PM at Kaleideum (formerly Sciworks) in Winston-Salem. The program for this month is titled:

The Eclipse: Science, History and Spirituality

The presentation, by Roy Dorone, the society’s vice-president and associate professor of History at Winston-Salem State University, looks at some of the most scientifically important eclipses and at the evolution of human understanding of one of the most exciting astronomical phenomena. We will discuss the different perceptions of eclipses and what they meant, and continue to mean, for societies around the world.

Following the presentation portion, we will have a brief business/planning meeting and as always, there will be an informal social gathering 30 minutes or so before the meeting. All meetings are open to the public, free of charge and all are welcome. Hope to see you there.

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Young Astronomers Newsletter July 2017

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 25 Number 7 July 2017

By Bob Patsiga

 

 

In this month’s edition of the newsletter Bob discusses:

  • NASA’s plans to send a probe to our sun mid next year.
  • A third detection of gravity waves by LIGO.
  • New moons found orbiting our solar system’s largest planetary body.
  • Some interesting information concerning rate of star formation in ours other galaxies.
  • Information about whether or not there is water in any appreciable quantities on Mars.
  • Astronomical birthdays for the month of July.
  • Celestial happenings, Moon phases, planets and even a meteor shower.
  • A facts section on the upcoming eclipse is August 21st.
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Stone Mountain Observation 7/1 Cancelled

The scheduled observation at Stone Mountain State Park for this Saturday July 1st has been cancelled due to weather conditions.  Our next scheduled public observation event is Saturday July 29th at Stone Mountain State park as well. A final weather call will be made the Friday before. Hopefully we will have better conditions then.

 

 

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June Meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society 6/27

The Forsyth Astronomical Society will host their next monthly meeting on June 27th at 7:30 PM at Kaleideum (formerly Sciworks) in Winston-Salem. The program this month will be a video presentation on the history of the telescope. Following the presentation portion, we will have a brief business meeting and as always, there will be an informal social gathering 30 minutes or so before the meeting. All meetings are open to the public, free of charge and all are welcome. Hope to see you there.

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Young Astronomers Newsletter June 2017

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 25 Number 6 June 2017

By Bob Patsiga

 

 

In this month’s edition of the newsletter Bob discusses:

  • NASA’s early stage planning for its mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.
  • Progress of the multinational World-Wide Radio Telescope array.
  • Results from research done at University of Southampton, England concerning fatality statistics for asteroid impacts.
  • Results from the time analysis done for a round trip mission to Mars,
  • Some interesting finding from NASA’s Van Allen probes concerning the effects of man made  VLF, very low frequency, radiation.
  • June’s astronomical birthdays.
  • Celestial happenings form the month of June.
  • This month’s edition also includes a summer sky map and a map of the path of totality for the total eclipse happening in August.
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Last Minute Observation at Kaleideum North Saturday June 3rd

Sorry for the last-minute notification FAS folks and fans but there is a scheduled public observation at Kaleideum North, formerly Sciworks, this Saturday June 3rd. The weather is looking pretty good and it has been posted and promoted on the Kaleideum calendar, so we are a GO!

 

Sunset is at around 8:30 PM and the observing will begin as darkness permits. Items of interest that we can show you will include the Moon, Jupiter, several types of stars including binaries, various star clusters and possibly even some galaxies, though they will be faint, in some of the larger scopes available. Saturn may even be high enough in the sky to catch towards the end of the evening. The weather is going to be fairly mild so no heavy coats needed. We might would suggest insect repellant though.

Again I apologize for the short notice, this event slipped through the cracks of getting posted to the calendar.

We hope to see you there.

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Last Minute Calendar Change for Stone Mtn Observation

 

The FAS has an observation event at Stone Mountain State Park scheduled for tomorrow evening. That event has been canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions. THIS evening though, looks to be almost prime conditions to observe. So, we have worked it out with our ranger liaison to have our event this evening instead. We will be located in the central field of the family camping area. This is typically a lock in event but recent park regulation changes have opened the family camping area to exiting the park early if you like. Sunset is at 8:30PM and we will begin viewing as darkness permits. Access to the site can be obtained via a walking path between campsites 35 & 36. Parking is available at the bathhouse near the observation site. Please be respectful of other’s camp sites and privacy. Please do not park in the individual site parking areas or walk through someone’s campsite if you are a non camping guest. Click the image below to see an enlarged version of the campground map.

 

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May Meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society 5/23

The Forsyth Astronomical Society will host their next monthly meeting on May 23rd at 7:30 PM at Kaleideum (formerly Sciworks) in Winston-Salem. The program this month will be by Joseph Holmes, a recent graduate of Guilford College, rising graduate student at Appalachian State University and long-time volunteer at GTCC’s Cline Observatory. Joseph will be speaking about current developments in the very dynamic field of exoplanet research. Following the presentation portion, we will have a brief business meeting and as always, there will be an informal social gathering 30 minutes or so before the meeting. All meetings are open to the public, free of charge and all are welcome. Hope to see you there.

A reminder to club members: It’s getting to be that time again, we are coming up on the May renewal for annual dues. You can pay them at any meeting between this month and May. Another reminder, also, as per a club vote a few months back the dues are now $35/year for individuals, $40/year for a family membership and our student rate is still $5/year. For anyone else, if you have ever wanted to join our organization now is the prime time to do it. Don’t forget to renew your Astronomical League membership as well if you participate in that group. Don’t know about the Astronomical League ask club member Sean Wood, the FAS AL correspondent.

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Young Astronomers Newsletter May 2017

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 25 Number 5 May 2017

By Bob Patsiga

 

 

In this month’s edition of the newsletter Bob discusses:

  • Updates on the New Horizons mission.
  • How measurements of neutrinos during a Supernova will be used to follow the progress of the event.
  • How we are getting better at detecting Dark Matter and how it’s helping shape galaxies.
  • How X-ray bursts are being used to determine the size of stars that are being devoured by Black Holes.
  • How orbital patterns and angle of rotation effect seasons.
  • This year is the centennial year of operation of the Hooker telescope at Mount Wilson.
  • Astronomical May birthdays.
  • Celestial happenings and sightings in May.
  • Orbital terms word search.
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April Meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society 4/25

The Forsyth Astronomical Society will host their next monthly meeting on April 25th at 7:30 PM at Kaleideum (formerly Sciworks) in Winston-Salem. The presentation for this month will be “Chasing Pluto” and in-depth, behind-the -scenes look
at the New Horizons mission. Following the presentation portion we will have a brief business meeting and as always there will be an informal social gathering 30 minutes or so before the meeting. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge, all are welcome. Hope to see you there.

A reminder to club members: It’s getting to be that time again, we are coming up on the May renewal for annual dues. You can pay them at any meeting between this month and May. Another reminder, also, as per a club vote a few months back the dues are now $35/year for individuals, $40/year for a family membership and our student rate is still $5/year. For any one else, if you have ever wanted to join our organization now is the prime time to do it. Don’t forget to renew your Astronomical League membership as well if you participate in that group. Don’t know about the Astronomical League ask club member Sean Wood, the FAS AL corespondent.

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