The Young Astronomers Newsletter
By Art Gormley
By Art Gormley
UPDATE 6/20: The telescope outreach at Tanglewood Park for this evening has been canceled due to impending possible lightening storms.
UPDATE 6/19: The scheduled observation for Stone mountain has been canceled due to weather conditions. The next one scheduled is for July 25th. Hope to see you then.
This Saturday, June 20th, the Forsyth Astronomical Society will host TWO camp observation events one at Stone Mountain State Park and one at Tanglewood Park. Below are details for each.
From Bruce Gavett, coordinating member for the Tanglewood observation.
On Saturday night June 20 FAS members will be holding, not one, but TWO observations events for campers at local parks. The first is at Stone Mountain and you will see a separate notice about that event. If you can’t make it to Stone Mountain – how about Tanglewood?
We will be holding our first ever observation night for the campers at Tanglewood in Clemmons. We’ll set up at 8:30PM and the event will start at around 9:30PM (or when it gets dark). If you have a solar scope and want to come out a bit early (around 7PM) that is okay as well.
If it is cloudy or raining, the event will still be held. We’ll set up under the campground shelter and have a session about telescopes, eyepieces, filters or whatever the campers are interested in. Although, if there is a chance of a thunderstorm the event will be cancelled.
Tanglewood is off of 158 just south of I-40. Take the I-40 Harper Road exit and turn south. Then turn right onto 158 and left into Tanglewood. After turning into Tanglewood, turn left to the campground and then follow the signs that take you to the RV campground and go straight to the back. The road will curve to the right and then there is a small parking lot that is next to the shelter.
Info for the Stone Mountain observation
THIS OBSERVATION IS A LOCK -IN EVENT. If you attend as a non camper you will be required to stay the entire length of the event and leave at the same time as the club members as the park gates are locked at 9pm. If you stay as a camper there is a fee for camp areas, reservations through the NC parks website are highly recommended. The event will typically run from a couple hours before sunset for solar observing and run until interest dwindles, usually around midnight-1am. Sunset is 8:43pm for the 20th. Access to the field where the event is held is at camp site #36. No astronomy equipment is required to participate just a sense of exploration and curiosity. You may want to wear a lite jacket as the weather can be cooler in the higher altitudes, even at this time of year. Some type of mosquito repellent is highly recommended as well.
Please follow the club’s Facebook page and/or website for a final weather call on Friday for these events.
By Art Gormley
The May meeting of the Forsyth Astronomical Society is this Tuesday Night,
May 26th, at SciWorks at 7:30 pm. The program will be by Bruce Mellin and is about
“The Picture That Blew My Mind HL-Tauri”.
Sorry for the late hour update folks, but YES the observation for Stone Mountain State Park this evening is a GO. A reminder though, this IS a LOCK-IN EVENT. If you attend as a non park camper you will be required to stay the full extent of the observation and leave at the same time as the astronomy club members.
By Art Gormley
Don’t forget the FAS meeting tonight April 28, 7:30PM at SciWorks.
These are the dates for 2015
Remember this is a lock in for the campers, FAS members will leave at the same time after the Observation!
The Yadkin County Star Party scheduled for tonight is an unqualified GO!
The weather looks great for the evening, a bit cool, perhaps, but clear.
The clouds should hold off until later.
A map is attached. 421 west to the Unifi exit.
We will be in the last baseball field (the access road at the end of the park
is slightly different than the map, as it is being changed to a loop, but it is
the same field shown on the map). We can drive out onto the outfield
of the baseball field to unload.
Unfortunately, the weather looks really bad for the Saturday night observation
at SciWorks (so make sure you come tonight to the Yadkin Star Party).
So the observation part of the SciWorks event is cancelled.
As I mentioned yesterday, we could still use some help at SciWorks.
There is the 2:30 “Make a Pocket Solar System” program that we need help with.
Bruce will present his Pluto, Dwarf Planet, New Horizons program at 7:00,
followed at around 8:00 with a planetarium sky tour. Bruce has suggested that
we could use a few telescopes setup inside to support these programs.
We can discuss this tonight at the Yadkin Star Party.
Hope to see you there.
Map to the lower ball field at Yadkin County Park
Join Forsyth Astronomical Society for two nights viewing the wonders of the night sky. FAS will be setting up telescopes for all to take a look through, as part of North Carolina Science week and FAS Outreach.
Friday April 24, 2015 Yadkinville Star Party at Yadkin County Park
Saturday April 25, 2015 SciWorks Observation at SciWorks in Winston-Salem
Club member will be at both events setting up before Sunset please plan to be there before 7:30PM or come early to check out some of FAS members cool equipment or a possible look at the Sun.
High points of the night will be Jupiter, Venus, and our Moon and if the weather allows other interesting gems like Beehive cluster in the constellation Cancer, or the Bode’s Nubulae the galaxy M81 and M82 in Ursa Major. The early birds might get a quick peek at Mars
24 April — Yadkinville Star Party
Yadkin County Park
6600 Service Rd
Yadkinville, NC 27055
25 April — SciWorks Observation
400 Hanes Mill Road
Winston Salem, NC
Join us for both nights or just one it will be a lots of fun and everyone will see something new!
Sunset is at about 8:02PM.
Solar viewing may be available earlier in the day swing by and check out the Sun.