Partial Solar Eclipse – October 23 – Pilot Mt State Park -

Come on out and enjoy a Partial Solar Eclipse.

Local times for eclipse in Winston-Salem on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Partial Eclipse begins Oct 23 at 5:58 PM 251°West-southwest 6.2° Eclipse as seen from earth The Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Some club members will be setting up earlier to allow members of the public to view our SUN.

Maximum Eclipse Oct 23 at 6:31 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° Eclipse as seen from earth Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Sunset Oct 23 at 6:33 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° below Not directly visible Below horizon

This eclipse is in progress during sunrise or sunset, so the Sun is displayed only partly in some phases, according to its altitude below the horizon. The animation’s bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.

Important Safety Warning. It is extremely dangerous to look at the Sun with your naked eyes. Regular sunglasses are worthless for this event; they will not protect your eyes. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you look at the Sun with binoculars or telescopes without proper protection. FAS will have special solar filers and projection setups to provide a safe viewing experience. Do not bring your own binoculars or telescope to this event unless you have contacted FAS first ( to determine if you have the proper solar protection equipment.

Pilot Mt State ParkParking lot at the top!

Details of what to expect , or more information

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Watch Earth roll by live in HD, streamed from the ISS

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“The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online.  The cameras are enclosed in a temperature specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space.  Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. High school students helped design some of the cameras’ components, through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program, and student teams operate the experiment.”

CNET article about it:

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Club Observation (Members Only)

Hi FAS folks:

This is not a formal club observation weekend, but the forecast is promising, so I’m planning to head up to Bullington tomorrow night {Saturday, 18 Oct.} If the forecast changes, I’ll let you know.

Steve C.

sunset: 6:40 PM
astronomical twilight: 8:05
moonrise: 2:30 AM

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“The City Dark” and Dan Caton

2014-11-06 Flyer -The City Dark

@ Temple Emanuel
201 Oakwood Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27103

7:00pm, Thursday, November 6, 2014
Topic: Lights, Lights, Lights (Light Pollution)
Film: “The City Dark”

  • T101714_1328_TheCityDark2.jpgHE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky.
  • After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above.
    • Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.


Dan Caton – Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Director of Observatories at Appalachian State University.  Masters Degree and a PhD in astronomy.  As the founding president of the North Carolina Section of the International Dark-Sky Association, Dan works to reduce light pollution in the state.  He is part of a group of researchers on the lights, and operates two cameras nightly imaging the mountain and the Linville Gorge.

Schedule for the 2014-2015 Movie Season: 1st Thursday of the month

December 4, 2014 – Dam Nation
January 8, 2015 – Thin Ice
February 5, 2015 – A River of Waste

With knowledge, we can make positive environmental changes!
ALL ARE WELCOME!     Refreshments provided
Free AdmissionContributions Appreciated to offset our costs
If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Tuch 766-2767 or

Presented by Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement (TEEM), a sub-committee of the Social Action Committee


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Stone Mt. Outreach Canceled

October 11, 2014 Observation has been canceled due do RAIN!

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Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

Hey get up and look up next week – Oct. 8, 2014 there is going to be a Lunar Eclipse, it all starts at 4:45AM EDT.

For more information check out — Sky & Telescope

Wake Up to a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

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The Young Astronomers Newsletter October 2014

The Young Astronomers Newsletter


The Young Astronomers Newsletter Volume 22 Number 11 October 2014

By Art Gormley

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Astro Photos from September 2014 Club Observation

Joe took some great pictures using the club C11 telescope Saturday night.

Joe posted them to Google+ below is one of them.


Joe and other club members are going to be working on the C11 and the club observatory to improve it so other members can try there hand at Astrophotography!

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The City Dark – At Temple Emanuel – Nov 6 – 7:00PM

There will be a screening of the film The City Dark

Where: Temple Emanuel 201 Oakwood Dr Winston Salem, NC 27103

November 6, 2014

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Dark Sky Observation Sites

The FAS September 2014 meeting had a talk on the Dark Sky Observation Sites that club members have used. It was determined that the club website should also contain the information presented. Also other members provided other locations and information.

Observing Locations – Notes from the presentation


The sites covered were:

Altitude (meters)
Doughton Park Picnic AreaN36 25' 18.3262"W81 10' 58.9145" 1112
Stone Mountain CampgroundN36 22' 59.5146"W81 01' 16.9792"579
Rocky Knob(1st parking lot) N36 48' 36.9038" W80 21' 00.355"980
Rocky Knob "The Saddle" N36 49' 23.3774"W80 20' 30.6726"1030
Pilot Mountain State Park N36 20' 25.312" W80 28' 48.3597"677
Whitetop N36 38' 14.1366" W81 36' 27.22" 1658
Sheet's Gap Overlook MP 252 N36 21' 50.7012" W81 18' 14.3207"1018
The Lump (up on top) N36 16' 28.1391" W81 22' 46.3868"1078
Blue Ridge Music Center
Groundhog Mt

Other Information –

Check out this on the Charlotte Exclusive Website – Dark Skies: The Best Places in the Carolinas to See Stars

Anyone that has another site or additional information about the above sites let me know and I will add them to the website.


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